If you love cooking, have a desire to serve delicious food and have a passion of creating innovative food presentations then chef is the perfect career for you.
Like it is said, if you love your work then you don’t have to work a day. This means that if you make your passion as your full-time job then you will love your work each day and it will be much easier to dedicate yourself completely in your work- something that is vital for the success in any career.
However, you may need a lot more to become a professional chef and to be successful as a chef in Australia as there is a huge competition in the hospitality industry. As per a recent survey, there are myriad number of chefs in the country- more than 70 thousand chefs and the number is rising as more and more culinary students graduate or in flow of chefs from other countries. This creates a need to stand out as a chef whether you are part timer, full timer, or experienced chef.
Below are some success tips for chefs.
1. Chef Uniform
Firstly, it is important to have professional, neat and clean hospitality uniforms; as they teach in any culinary schools. Whether it is Chef Jackets, Chef Pants or Chef Aprons, they must be well ironed and presentable if you like to work as a successful chef for a successful hotel. The same applies for your business too whether it is a hotel, restaurant or café. If you are business owner, then you have an additional responsibility to make sure your staff and chefs wear their appropriate uniforms especially those who are at the front line with the customers. Maintaining a discipline in the kitchen and among your staff is important.
2. Nutritional Information
A chef must understand the nutritional information of the food. Though it depends on the cuisine, but chef must understand the nutrition information of each food item. In time, it is then possible to produce healthy, tasty food, not only for customers, but also for closed ones such as family, friends and themselves.
3. Stay Updated
Immerse yourself completely in the industry. From starting, make sure you subscribe to food magazines, buy cookbooks, read the weekly food section in your local paper and those in major cities. Get to know the important people in the food industry, and celebrity chefs. Get to know how they talk, create presentable food, represent it to customers and manage their kitchen. Watching tv serials based on Cooking or business series on expanding restaurants is also not a bad idea.
Stay updated with the latest in the industry. Sites like Food Services Australia often creates events and update news on the industry.
Targeting chefs, restaurateurs, caterers and other professionals in the sector, Hospitality magazine website regularly update their online users with the latest news headlines, profiles of leaders in the hospitality industry, insight on upcoming trends, new product launches, and advice on how operators can grow both their patronage and their revenue. Keeping a check on these sites is the easiest way to keep yourself updates with the latest in this industry.