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Career as Chef : Introduction

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Do you have an intrinsic interest in cooking? Are you fascinated with the exotic spices, colourful sights of food and like experimenting with different types of food items? Here is a perfect career choice for you i.e 'Career as a Chef'. The recent boom in the hospitality industry has completely changed the meaning of cooking. It is not just about preparing foods; now cooking is more than an activity which is confined to the traditional kitchen. Cooking can be defined as a specialised art which combines passion, creativity, hard work and is all about the techniques, ingredients, nutrition, recipes and flavours. 

The word 'chef' has its origin from the French phrase chef de cuisine, which means the chief or head of a kitchen. A chef, in the contemporary sense of the term, is an artist who is equipped with specialized training to master the craft of cookery. The profession of a chef is one of the most demanding and backbreaking one, which demands a lot of hard work. Numerous well paying catering jobs are there in the hospitality industry for those who have a flair and talent for preparing mouth watering delicacies.

As it is commonly believed, the job of a chef is not just cooking a recipe. The chef has to know all aspects of food and beverages, including the art of vegetable and fruit sculptures and its presentation. He should have the knowledge of making wide variety of foods that include appetizers, salads, soups, main dishes, side orders and desserts. The chef has to be up to date with the managerial and administrative aspects of running the kitchen - from shopping, menu preparation and planning to nutrition analysis and inventory management.

The primary and major responsibility of the chef is to create recipes and prepare meals. As the chef, moves higher up the ladder they have to play varied roles like organizing the kitchen; planning the meals to be served; directing staff; supervising kitchen operations and so on. The work will keep you on your toes, a chef can be busy all day, may have to keep late hours regularly, work on weekends and even holidays. But the job of a Chef will never get you bored, if you have a passion for cooking along with innovation and dedication. Everyday there will be new excitement in your job, like preparing birthday delicacies, cooking for marriage parties, planning menu for special guests and so on. Apart from these, most chefs will have the opportunity to travel to a lot of places and meet all kinds of people. 

Though culinary profession is suitable for both male and female, this field specially in the hotel and hospitality industry is considered a male dominated one. The reason for this may be that, the profession of a chef usually starts at the lower side of the spectrum and involves lot of hard work and needs tremendous physical fitness and toughness to survive.  

Sanjeev Kapoor, Tarla Dalal, Atul Kochchar, Madhur Jaffrey, Rakesh Sethi are some of the celebrity chefs renowned not only in India but across the world for bringing Indian cooking and Indian cuisine to the top. 

   culinary career , hotel based career , hospitality career

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