Today’s lesson: ‘The fastest and most economical track to a cook’s career? Community College. ‘

Featured Article: “The fastest and most economical track to a chef’s career? Community College.Dear Krishna

In response to the large culinary schools closing their doors and the increasing demand from restaurants, many community colleges are developing state-of-the-art culinary programs on their campuses.

In this lesson, you will step into some of these cooking events and experience a look behind the scenes at the culinary school. Then, you will do research to learn the steps required to pursue the career of your dreams.

What do you know about the work of a chef in a restaurant? Have you ever watched competitive cooking shows or followed recipe accounts on Tic Tac Toe? Have you ever worked in a local restaurant or enjoyed cooking at home for family and friends?

Watch this video on how to cook at the best restaurant in Los Angeles:

  • What are the responsibilities of the restaurant where Joseph Johnson works?

  • As a child he cooked at home and as a teenager worked in a restaurant. What were Johnson’s first experiences? How did they help him get to where he is now?

  • How does Mr. Johnson continue to develop his skills and pursue his dreams?

  • Do you have anything to do with what Mr. Johnson said? Do you have a dream or passion for a future career?

Read the articleThen answer the following questions:

1. What attracts students to programs like the Northern Essex Community College? What fascinates you about the program?

2. What has happened to culinary schools in the last decade? Why did anyone choose to go to a big name culinary school?

3. What are some of the benefits of studying cooking at Northern Essex Community College or any of the other community colleges mentioned in the article?

4. What are the limitations of some cooking programs in community colleges? How might that affect postgraduate opportunities?

5. The article notes that some see community college as a disgrace. Do you feel that people in your life despise or despise community college? Why do you think this is the case? What do you think needs to be done to change that belief in your community and elsewhere?

What is your dream job or career? What steps do you need to take to continue that career? What skills do you need at work?

Spend some time exploring your dream job. Be sure to answer the following questions:

  • Do you need a degree, license or certificate to do this job? What do I need to do to get that certification?

  • What skills do you need to get a job like this? What do you need to know to succeed at work?

  • Who is doing this job successfully? Learn three things about that person’s career path.

  • What is one step you can take today to get closer to that career? For example, can you interview someone who is currently working in this field? Can you apply for an internship or take a special class?

Finally, share your findings with your peers by creating a slide show, a pager or a poster with facts about your job and career path. You can make your project visually appealing by including photographs, drawings or quotes from people in this profession.


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