I am almost finished with culinary school for baking and pastry.
But I have no work experience in any kitchen.
I read the best way to find a any kitchen job is to find the best restaurants or hotels with my interest, eat there several times then ask to speak to the head chef / head pastry chef.
This may seem silly but I am nervous about it because I worry head chefs / pastry chefs might be mean and when I ask for a job.
I was thinking of saying something like this:
'I just graduated from culinary school. I love the desserts in the restaurant and and to gain some real world experience here. I am willing to work for free just to learn from you and other chefs at this establishment'
What is your opinion or suggestion for saying something better? I don't know what to say. I am so nervous about asking, even writing this now makes me nervous.
What has been your experience when asking them for a job? Did they ask you to prepare a mystery dessert or a practical? When is a good time to ask to speak to the head chef / head pastry chef? What are general working times for pastry chefs? Will they want a resume?
I don't have 'I think I am so cool' attitude a lot of culinary graduates have and I am not one of those students trying to show off. When everyone is standing around or chit chatting in class, I am the one who cleans the dishes and I always come to class on time with a clean uniform. I don't know how to convey my discipline when I ask for a training position.
I just want experience creating the basic breads and pastries and anything else for now and to give me a chance to gain real world practice. My attitude is to learn the basics first. I am willing to work as a dishwasher clean the floors and peel 5000 pounds of potato etc without pay just to learn.
Thank you in advance for any advice.
Forgive me if this question was asked many times.