5 Careers in the Culinary Field

Written by Millionaire’s Digest Team Member: Sybil Mahlangu

Founder & Owner of: Sybilfem

Millionaire’s Digest Team, Contributor, Food & Drink and Writing Writer

When many of us hear, “I’m a chef,” we often immediately think, “A chef in a restaurant kitchen,” but, there are many careers that develop out of studying culinary arts. Here are a few you could consider:

1. Restaurant Chef

When you work in a restaurant, there is a system hierarchy used called,”The Kitchen Brigade.” This is basically a ladder you climb from Commis Chef (junior chef) to Chef de Cuisine (Head chef). It may take a few years to get to the top (as most careers), but once your foot is in the door and you have the drive for it, you’d be good to go!

2. Pastry Chef

For those with a passion for sweet thangs! When you’ve studied culinary arts, you have a great skill in the making of pastries. Treats such as ice-cream, tarts, cakes, chocolate and all of those other delicious eats. You could also open your own pastry shop (bakery) or café.

3. Catering

Although many people that are in catering may not be qualified chefs, having a qualification in culinary arts may help. It would add a lot more expertise to your menus. Tricks up your sleeve! This would make you stand out from all the rest.

4. Private Chef

You prefer to work on your own? Well, this might be just the right career for you. Being a private chef is a bit more personal than working in a restaurant as you’d be preparing food for your clients according to their palates. There is the option of being a private chef for a specific home or you could do freelance cooking, where you cook at different homes per request. This would drive your creativity as it wouldn’t be a set menu for the different homes.

5. Food Writer/Food Blogger

Having a culinary qualification for this career is very important. Yes, research in what you would write or blog about is important but having great insight in the field is just as important. Look at food writing or food blogging as a teaching platform. People that will read or view your material are there to learn something new. Whether it’s recipes or culinary terminology such as, “Chiffonade,” or, “Crudités,” (showing off a little there), could entice your viewers to come back and view more.

So there they are, a few careers you could think about diving into!

Article Credits: Sybil Mahlangu

Millionaire’s Digest Team, Contributor

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  1. Sybil Mahlangu

    Very good Post 😆

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    therealironchef 1 year ago

    Having been a professional chef for more than a decade working in a few of the areas you have talked about I have recently made the move to make my career and passion combine to teach and inspire others. As you were saying, applying the knowledge to areas other than a restaurant can mean endless possibilities!! Good post!!

  4. Sybil Mahlangu
    Broken Crayons 1 year ago

    What a great post!
    Loved it!
    Check out my blog 🙂

  5. Sybil Mahlangu

    I’ve always wanted to be a pastry chef! Nice post

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    smboney 1 year ago

    I went to culinary school then started working in professional kitchens. Chef de cuisine don’t even get paid well compared with the other jobs. I’m going to open a cafe really soon and I’ve thought of vloging recipes. That’s where the real money is

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      Sybil Mahlangu 12 months ago

      That’s great! It can be very difficult to make money quickly in professional kitchens. Vloging is an awesome way of making money and at the same time, it will work as advertising your cafe. Good luck with everything!

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    Dians Cooks 12 months ago

    I would love to become a chef but I don’t know where to start. any tip on that?

    • Sybil Mahlangu Author
      Sybil Mahlangu 12 months ago

      Well, first step would probably be applying for culinary school. Culinary school can be quite pricey but I think it’s important to attend. If it’s not on the budget, you could always cook at home. For friends and family dinners (almost like a private chef) just so you can build a portfolio!

      • Sybil Mahlangu
        Dians Cooks 12 months ago

        Yes I heard it’s quite pricey. Thanks for your advice. I really appreciate it

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    thegirlnextdoor 9 months ago

    Informative post 😊😊😊

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