to Start a Career In
Restaurant & Catering Services
Food industry careers range from chef positions to running your own catering or home baking business.
Love to cook?
who think there's nothing better than dabbling in the kitchen
and trying out new recipes, there are a world of opportunities
for turning a cooking hobby into a career.
The good news for amateur cooks and hobbyists is that local entry-level
restaurant jobs are fairly easy to obtain without any formal training.
Some chefs have even begun their careers working behind the counter
of a food shop, or by selling their home-baked pastries to local
In most cases,
though, training is done on the job. From there, those with a
natural curiosity for food - and the passion to follow their dreams
- can find themselves cooking in their own restaurant or managing
a successful catering business one day.
warned, however, that any type of food service career usually
requires working long hours (especially on weekends and holidays!),
as well as tremendous attention to detail to keep all areas of
the kitchen running smoothly. An established
restaurant or catering business owner must also be an expert multitasker
who can not only cook but juggle menu planning, pricing, and managing
chef assistants and waitstaff.
Some of the
knowledge essential to starting a career in the cooking industry include basic cooking techniques and proper knife
skills, an ability to work fast, and above all, a willingness
to learn and ask questions.
"Any type of food service career usually
requires working long hours (especially weekends and holidays!) and tremendous attention to detail..."
Although working from the bottom up is a good way to learn (in fact, some top chefs have started out as dishwashers) many people at some point in their careers will want to opt for some form of training at a recognized culinary school.
income for the food industry is difficult to pin down because
wages vary greatly based on region and experience. Positions in
big metro areas with a huge demand for skilled chefs can earn
professionals some of the nation's highest salaries.
However the industry average in the US generally ranges from about
$20,000 for entry level positions to about $35,000 a year for
more experienced chefs.
For those who make it to open their own restaurants someday, the sky's the limit - depending on the area, and how much success you can achieve with local restaurant critics and clientele.
Overall, the job outlook is good, which means that the industry
is expected to grow by about ten percent over the next ten years.
More about restaurant & catering service jobs around the Web:
with Professional Chefs - Dozens of one-on-one interviews with information on how professional
and celebrity chefs established their careers, with more on their
personal food and culinary preferences, favorite cookbooks and
a Successful Catering Business - Good, basic business
guide with advice on how to determine your menu and market, start-up costs, tips on pricing, and related resources from Entrepreneur.com.