Working as a chef can be hard work, but if long hours, hot lights and the stress of having to serve twenty dishes at the same time don’t put you off, then it might just be the career for you. More and more women are choosing to enter the profession, but what can you do to secure your future career and get ahead of others? Below, we’ve put together some ideas.
Take the right course
If you’re passionate about food and cooking, then you should look to find a college course in catering or hospitality to give you the skills you need to thrive. If you are past college age and you’re looking to change your careers, then you may want to jump this step, but courses can help to equip you with the knowledge you need to work safely and efficiently in a kitchen. You will need to have a good understanding of food hygiene and health and safety, be able to work as part of a team and on your own and be organized and committed to the job.
Get some work experience
Once you’ve finished college and you’re set on a career in the kitchen, the next thing you should do is find some work experience. Whether you offer your services for free, or you start as a kitchen hand and work your way up, there’s no better way to gain some real-world experience than by working in local bars, restaurants, and hotels. We get it; you have dreams of working for a high-end London restaurant, but you have to pay your dues and start somewhere. Put in the hours, and you’ll be rewarded for it in the long-run.
Find a recruitment agency
If you’re ready to find a professional role in a kitchen, then work with a UK-based chef recruitment agency such as Flourish Recruitment. Not only will they be able to keep your details on file and get in touch when there’s a new job you might be interested in, but you will be able to find new positions as and when required. This is particularly useful if you would like to find short-term temporary work to fill out your CV and add new strings to your bow.
Buy your chef whites
Once you’re confident in the kitchen, then you should buy your chef whites and accessories. Indeed, most restaurants and hotels ask for their chefs to come with their own knives, as it makes sense for them to use the tools that they feel most comfortable with. Spend some time looking for the best kit and use it on a regular basis – consider your knives your paint brush. As cheesy as that sounds, getting to know your tools will make you a better chef.
Be creative, and do your own thing
Even if you’re the best chef in the country, the chances are that you’re not going to walk into a job at a Michelin star restaurant overnight, and so finding ways to be creative and continue to learn and adapt makes sense. You might decide to set up your own cake making business on the side, whilst you’re working as a kitchen hand or between jobs, or you could even go freelance and offer your services to businesses, or provide catering for events and meetings. The more time you spend in the kitchen, the better a chef you’re going to become, so never stop honing your craft, and remember that creativity will allow you to get ahead of the rest.
Entering the male-dominated world of cheffing can be tough, but with the right skills and patience, you can get there. We wish you the very best of luck with your career.