From Cooking Shows to Culinary Careers

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Are there more culinary career options now than there used to be?

From Cooking Shows to Culinary Careers

If you're old enough to remember The Muppet Show, you probably smile whenever you think of The Swedish Chef. The characters culinary skills were alternative, to say the least, but he always managed to get that rubber chicken in the pot. During the days of The Muppet Show, watching The Swedish Chef toss his utensils over his shoulders and chase live birds around the set was the extent of televised cooking shows. They were out there, but they were nowhere near as popular as they are now.

Thanks to the popularity of reality cooking shows, culinary careers have gained new interest. For some, it's about the food; for others it's about the prestige. And for some…it's a bit of both. There's no question that opportunities abound for the smart, market-savvy chef. With a little career experience on their resumes, graduates of culinary programs can move on to freelance chef positions, act as a chef consultant, run catering businesses, manage fine restaurants, or even turn their own unique culinary creations into a personalized business venture.

So, if you're too young to know what “bork-de-bork-de-bork” means, don't worry. Rumour has it he wasn't really a qualified chef. His culinary career may have evaporated on the back-burner, but yours (with the right combination of education and motivation) will go as far as you want to take it.



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