Twenty-First Century Chef Training
Some culinary students hunger for a chef career, imagining themselves up to their elbows in dough while the stockpot simmers and fresh vegetables ripen in the kitchen garden. Today's chef jobs, however, have gone the way of most other twenty-first century careers--high tech.
Chef Careers Need Today's Technology
Though hunger may be a primal impulse, feeding that hunger has become a technology-dependent exercise. Consequently, a student who's learning how to become a chef needs basic computer skills if he or she wants to climb the chef career ladder. Internet resources aid any chef's creativity, since kitchen jobs demand culinary inventiveness. Culinary computing truly shines in the business end of the kitchen, as a chef's career involves menu planning, food orders, labor calculations, and resource inventory--all of which become fast and efficient once there's a computer in the kitchen. Today's chefs simply must be computer savvy.
Culinary Training is a Must
The days when untrained workers could get entry-level chef jobs are gone. As foodservice writer Susie Stephenson points out, "untrained employees often mean more accidents, lost time, and increased insurance claims.". Producing quality food in volume is so important that chefs who are already well into their chef careers are returning to culinary school for continuing chef education.
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- "TO REDUCE ACCIDENTS, LOST TIME: Sharpening culinary skills," by Susie Stephenson. FoodService Director15.10 (Oct 15, 2002).