Are you passionate about food? Do you like cooking?
Congratulations, you have the necessary (basic) ingredients to become a chef – the rest is merely background noise. Perhaps it’s a career that you’ve been too afraid to dive into, or maybe you haven’t really considered just how great it is?
We’re exploring 4 reasons why you should get into a career as a chef.
Have no interest in working for somebody else’s business? That’s okay.
When you have a career as a chef, there are an abundance of self-employment opportunities that will enable you to branch out and be successful – as your own boss. Many culinary specialists follow the path of opening up their own restaurant, but if you don’t feel as though you’re ready for that, there are other options to start off with. Dominate food markets and business parks by creating a small ‘pop up’ stall, or set up your own catering business.
Every day is interesting
There’s no denying that a day in the life of a chef can often be an exhausting one – we’ve all seen the films and documentaries; heck, if you sit close enough to the kitchen in a restaurant, you can hear the level of chaos inside.
Yes, being a chef can be challenging as you are under pressure to deliver quality food in a short space of time, and you spend the entire shift on your feet. If you’re good at what you do and you genuinely have a passion for it, however, then that buzz is rewarding and every day is interesting.
You can travel with your craft
Remember what we said about chefs always being in hot demand, and people love eating out? Yeah, that’s a global phenomenon. Should you ever decide to explore life in another part of the world, you can take your skills with you and they’ll be perfectly applicable.
Start your own catering company in sunny Melbourne, or work as a chef in a cool New York deli – the options are endless.
The demand for chefs will probably never extinguish
Once you’ve accumulated the necessary qualifications and experience to establish yourself as a chef, it’s highly unlikely that you may ever find yourself out of a job. The desire for people to ‘eat out’ at least (at least!) once a month has lived on for centuries and will continue to do so.
Every establishment serves food in one way or another, from football stadiums in Liverpool, to Chester-le-Street pubs, and with new restaurants and gastro pubs opening regularly all over the country, chefs are always in hot demand. It’s that simple.