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Do you know what you want to be when you grow up? If you like cooking, maybe you want to become a chef!
The job of a chef is to manage a kitchen, such as that of a restaurant or bakery. In some instances, a chef who works as the Executive Chef of a larger restaurant or business is mostly in charge of things like developing a menu, finding food vendors, and creating budgets based on the costs of ingredients and the pay of employees. Other times, a chef’s duties are more involved in the direct cooking and preparation of the food being served on a daily basis – it depends on the restaurant or business where a person works. Some chefs also write cookbooks, host TV shows, or teach classes that help people learn how to cook! A chef has to be very creative, using his or her knowledge of food and cooking techniques to create something delicious that people will enjoy!
Most chefs go through training at Culinary School, where they learn a variety of things they’ll need to know, from skills for chopping vegetables, to baking techniques for sweets and pastries, to using teamwork in the kitchen!