Sick and tired of making your boss rich while you struggle to make ends meet each month? Or are you someone who has had just about enough of the corporate world and are looking for a career change that will inspire you to get out of bed in the morning? If you’re someone who has a flair for experimenting with different flavours, techniques, ingredients and cuisines, then you should look at becoming a chef – and here’s why.
#1 Job growth and prospects
While there are many industries that are struggling, new growth in the culinary industry is just getting started. People love food and as long as people need to eat, explore new flavours and cuisine, restaurants will always make money. A lucrative industry where you do not need a higher education to get started, a chef position doesn’t just limit you to open up your own catering business or working as a chef in a restaurant in South Africa.
As a chef, the world is your oyster. You can travel the world and find jobs in restaurants, health spas and clubs. If you love the ocean, you can work on a cruise liner or a super yacht in France, America or the Caribbean. Whether you want to open your own restaurant, become a private chef for celebrities or private parties and functions, or start your very own catering business while blogging about it, you can do it all. Yes, food is big money, and people have no problem paying for it, which means this is one industry where you can really earn big.
#2 Freedom of creativity
Not only is this industry financially rewarding and exciting, but it allows for freedom of creativity. A people-oriented industry that will allow you to use your skills and showcase your creations, the life of a chef can be fulfilling. And did we mention that it makes no difference whether you’re covered in tattoos? If you can cook, bake, souffle, and create gastronomy, people will view you like a celebrity. Being a chef today differs from how it was a decade ago. Thanks to chefs like Gordon Ramsey, Marco Pierre White, Wolfgang Puck, Nigella, Rachael Ray and Jamie Oliver, today’s chefs are treated like rockstars.
But to become a chef, you must complete a City & Guilds chef course through an established and highly recognised culinary academy such as Chefs Training & Innovation Academy. Considered as a golden passport into just about any restaurant in the world, a City & Guilds qualification from Chefs Training & Innovation Academy lets people know you got your education from one of the best culinary schools in the world and a high-paying job as a chef will not be hard to find in any country you desire.
You only live once, and life is too short to spend it in a job that is making you miserable. Whether you’re a beginner or a chef wanting to add to your recipe repertoire, you’ll love the diverse range of chef courses at Chefs Training & Innovation Academy. Make a change today and become a chef by enrolling in one of our exciting chef courses in Franschhoek, Cape Town or Centurion.