Can i be an executive chef
The answer is yes.
I own and ran my own resturant for 10 yeasrs with no porfessional training but a passion for cooking. I am now not an executive chef, but am teaching at various colleges in Europe.
the basic thing is that becoming a chef takes alot of hard work and so therefore requires a certain amount of passion. it is much like verything i suppose, you must love what you are doing to truely be successful. i agree with previous comments, when i was looking to hire chefs in my restaurant, i was not too concerned with their previous training, but rather their previous experience, and in every case i had them in for a trial because what matters most is their desire to learn. it is important that you find your own style of cooking, being an executive chef in one place, may not have the same value for you in another if it doesnt corrrespond with your stlye. Being an executive chef does not only entail being able to cook, it also combnes the ability of being able to manage a team... you can never have too may cooks in the kitchen, but there does have to be one boss. i also grew up in Australia, and it is very true that for formal training there is not conceived as it is in some other western countries like america for example. we place more importance of our training in the work experience, with students being asessed by a culinary college within their supporting workplace. i have found that the same kind of theories work here in Europe. That is not take importance away from some of he fantastic institutes like Cordon Bleu and CIA which certaintly do have their place, but are not always for everyone. i have access to alot of different short an intensive programs, that may solve the fincanial problems of going to a full time culinary institute, and still offer possibilites world wide with ceratin restaurants. please feel free to contact me firstname.lastname@example.org
if you would like any further help.
all the best, and remember all things worhtwhile take hard work and passion. there are many roads that we can take to arrive at our final destination, unless of course you plan on going to Bemuda :)