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Culinary Arts Career

Average Annual Salary for Chefs / Culinary Arts:

Wages of chefs vary greatly according to region of the country and the type of food services establishment in which they work. Wages usually are highest in elegant restaurants and hotels, where many executive chefs are employed, and in major metropolitan areas.

Median annual earnings of entry level chefs (also positioned as Sous Chef) was on average $20,000 to $25,000 However, the highest 10% earned more than $70,000 with extensive experience and skills.

Necessary Education for Chefs / Culinary Arts Career:

Bachelors Degree in Culinary Arts »»

What is a Chef / Culinary Art Career in a nutshell?

Chefs, the most highly skilled and trained of all kitchen staff, prepare meals that are pleasing to both the palate and the eye.

Types of culinary art jobs:

  • Cooks / Chefs - Private Household
  • Short Order Cooks
  • Food Preparation
  • Catering Assistance Cooks

Culinary Arts Skills & Responsibilities:

prepare creative new dishes, as well as traditional meals, in restaurants, cafeterias and hospitals. Successful Chefs must be able to provide a wide selection of dishes for each meal, preparing most orders on an individual basis.

  • Baking & Pastry Preparation
  • Food Preparation & Presentation
  • Food Safety
  • Creative Thinking Skills
  • Decision Making Skills
  • Organizational & Planning Skills
  • Supervision & Management
  • Team Building/Management
  • Time & Priority Management

Future Outlook for culinary arts careers:

Overall employment of chefs, cooks, and food preparation workers is expected to increase about as fast as the average for all occupations over the 2004 to 2014 period. Employment growth will be spurred by increases in population, household income, and leisure time that will allow people to more often dine out and take vacations. In addition, the large number of two-income households will lead more families to opt for the convenience of dining out.


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