i just took my last cooking class yesterday, my program is at a community college and I will be getting a business degree in food service management/hospitality with specialization in culinary artistry. The program wasn't the greatest thanks to college polotics and I can't really go to a better school. I have good basics and fundamentals and could probably get a job as a sous easily. But here is the thing...I am not really a culinary student anymore I am not cooking only have to take math and speech and a couple random business classes for my degree. I am not certified through the ACF yet either. I don't have experience working in a real restaurant yet which is why I am struggling to call myself a chef. My career goals aren't even to really work and own a restaurant I want to work in the personal chef and maybe catering sector due to having young kids and also a side business as a food photographer. Slaving on the line isn't really something I can do for some years.
Is it right to call myself a chef if I am not certified nor working as a chef? EVERYONE I know refers to me as chef but I don't know I feel like I haven't earned it enough even though I was a very very hard working student and was top of my class. Thoughts?
(this could just be a case of my low self confidence, i struggle believing I can do it when challenged with something but I always make it in the end, I know I am a chef but my lack of experience makes me feel like I admit that out loud yet...)