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post #1 of 13
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Urrm..Hello i wasnt sure where to post this, My names James im 16 and i would like to become a commi chef like my mother was. She aint much help so i wanderd if anyone on here would be able to help me out. I would like to get an apprenticeship to begin my training. So if anyone knows anything id appreciate it thankyou :)
post #2 of 13
She ain't no help because she wants you to become an engineer!

Get a job. Get one in a good restaurant. Any wage will do, work hard and always show interest.
post #3 of 13
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Nope she wants me to be a chef she just forgets everything if i waited on her id wait for ages.
post #4 of 13
Get a job in the best place in your area and work there until your twenty and then go to a good culinary school. After that, work and travel. Go to as many places ( of employment) and see as many things (culinarily) as you can. The best thing about this business when your young and single is being able to drop it all at any time and move to someplace you've never been before and start cooking and earning money days ( or hours) after you arrive.
post #5 of 13
Its funny that you post this. Im 17 and im curently in my 3rd year (over in a week and going on to my 4th) of Culinary Arts at a technical school. I gave up my friends and everything just to persue what i loved. And it was one of the best choices i have ever made. It was worth it. Ive taken many courses at colleges such as J&W, French Culinary Institute, and ICE. I am very very passionate (sp) about food and i know for 100% this is what i want to do with my life. Theres no where id rather be than in a hot sweaty kitchen during a summers day busting my *** for what i love. Im glad to see another one of us young inspiering (sp) Chefs. I hope to see you out there one day with your own resturaunt doing what you love best.

Best of luck.

As for the job, like everyone has said, get a job in a resturaunt and watch. Tell the chef your there to learn. he'll pay you good, treat you right, and teach everything there is that needs to be taught. Infact, you may even get more respect out of the chef than anyone else....

Most chefs love to pass their trade down to another genneration looking to become what they see in front of them. So tell him how you feel about food and how thats what you want in life and he'll cut you some slack and teach you everything.

Get your boss to also teach you how to call in orders and buy supplies....


But yeah keep in touch with me and we can help each other out. I know alot about this trade already, im not saying i know everything, but from experience, you will learn ALOT.

In college youll be a few steps up over everyone else just because of the fact that you are passionate. The chefs will notice that very quickly and give you an edge.

Best of Luck.
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post #6 of 13

want to be Chef

Good Morning there,
I see you are from UK, me to.
There is one way of becoming a chef, doing an apprentership and getting paid for it!! Join the army.:suprise: .....Dont stop reading, please here me out.
I joined the army at 16 and did a 2 year apprentership and then served for 7 years. I know all college chefs are thinking that you just learn to peel potatoes and fry chips in the army, but you really do learn all the true catering skills. Also second to that you also learn the personal skills required to work in the kitchen like personal pride and self disapline. When I left the army I worked on the 5* cruise linners in the States and that fine tuned my skills. ( I am only 31 in case anyone was thinking this was some old man harping on about the good ol days).
Good luck in any dession you make.
post #7 of 13
i'm in a similar boat to you, when i was 18 i decided that i really wanted to become a chef (it took till 18 because i had planned on joining the army, but health issues arose which put me out of that picture) so what i did was i got a job in the best place around, which happens to be 30 miles from where i live, but the drive doesnt bother me, it gives me time to go over the day in my head. anyways.... i'm only 19 now, and have been working there for 10 months now, and i absolutely love it. in those 10 months i went from being a prep guy, who wasn't hardly allowed to breath on the 'real' food, to where i am now, which is running the pasta/sautee station solo. i make all my sauces, prep all my meats and seafoods, and plate all of the food for my station, and thats after only 10 months and no culinary school at all. but i am starting culinary school in a couple of months, i just have to save up some gas money as i will be commuting 260 miles a day 3 days a week to do this. but hey, if you love what you do, then you should be willing to do just about anyhting to persue it.
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post #8 of 13
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Well my mum did pull her finger out today. She has told me the name and location of a restaurant, that she did her apprenticeship at. Thought im a little nervous about what to say to the guy who owns it.
post #9 of 13
I like your commit.
post #10 of 13
just say tell him that you have a huge passion for food and that you'd like to apprentice under him, and (if you're willing) will work for free just to learn all you can about this business. you'll just have to work up the nerve to go talk to him. i can't help you with that
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post #11 of 13
There are other cheffy opportunities out there. I'm a self-employed personal chef and cook for different families in their homes. Your income potential is based on how aggressive your marketing is, and it's much less stressful than restuarant work. You also get to make your own hours and you can do other things like private dinner parties, home events, and cooking classes. Creativity galore! The start-up costs are minimal, and maybe half are culinary trained. Many commercial cooks made the move to personal cheffing because they've burned out at restaurants and catering. Just google "personal chef" and you'll find information.
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post #12 of 13
No dont work for free. Dont tell him that. Just tell him what i had posted up above and how you really feel about food. Tell him your there to learn. Money is an issue but not so much as learning.

You need to make some pocket money......haha
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post #13 of 13
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Well things are starting to happen now. I sent my cv off to loads of hotels anr restaraunts etc. I even rang my work exp place, i also sent stuff of the plymouth cfe etc. Cant wait to hear from them.
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