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Once you've gained a professional career as a chef, don't forget what it's like to be a student! Remember what it was like when you were deciding on whether to take those first cooking classes or not? Whether you're young and fresh out of high school or thinking about a career change, people are now going to be looking to you for guidance. In some cases, you might not even realize it. Everything you do and say might be quietly evaluated by your customers. And you thought they were there for your famous food.
In your mind, you probably still feel like the same person you've always been, but to a newbie looking in, you could be the most intimidating person in the world. Remember to make yourself accessible in any way you can. That could mean offering to give information sessions at local high schools. Students think they know what they want to do when they graduate from high school, but many haven't given serious thought to taking cooking classes.
Sell this career option the right way and you may soon find yourself mentoring some of these students as apprentice chefs. The students will be surprised to discover all of the options and opportunities that come with a career as a professional chef.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|