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Hello, My name is jasmine I am 17 years old and in high school. When I graduate im going to culinary school to be a pastry chef. I plan on finding a job after my culinary training. I have contemplated opening a small business on the side for years. I wanted it to be a home based business to save money. I am aware that I may need a commerical kitchen. I am also aware that I need to be inspected and liscenced and im willing to go through this process. my question is it legal to opperate a home catering business or bakery in chicago, illinois and how much will getting started cost if I want to install a commerical kitchen within my own home. Also if you have any advise as to what I should do it would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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A. Culinary school may train you to be a pastry cook, ten years experience may provide the background to be a chef

 

B. Start by checking with:

  • your local health inspector, and
  • your local zoning authority (even if the state permits home cooking, the local zoning authority controls where you may do it), and
  • your local fire department (for fire safety and ventilation requirements), and
  • your local business license authority (for the necessary legal permits), and
  • your local insurance broker for liability insurance

 

In my experience, I am not aware of ANY jurisdiction that permits a commercial kitchen in a residence, period.

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