Once you’ve mastered the art of turning a vegetable into a delectable (and enviable) entrée, you might find yourself yearning to take your cooking to the next level and share it with the world as a chef.
Become a Unique Vegetarian & Vegan Chef for the world - now is a perfect time to turn your passion for vegetarian cooking into a career as a professional vegetarian chef.
Becoming a vegetarian chef is certainly not a straight and narrow road. Whether you want to own your own restaurant, be a personal chef or caterer or write best-selling cookbooks, there are many roads possible to arriving at your dream. You have to think about what type of career you want and factor in the realities of time, money and opportunity. The world now is becoming more and more open to plant-based food.
Now is a perfect time to turn your passion for vegetarian and vegan cooking into a career as a professional vegetarian & vegan chef.
Enrolling in a Culinary Arts Program & Pursuing Your Career.
While there certainly is a demand, a growing demand, for vegetarian and vegan options, in most cases those who want to pursue a career as a vegetarian or vegan chef will need to enroll in a general culinary arts program. While it may be frustrating for those who have chosen vegetarianism as a life choice for ethical reasons to be around meat, it's important to remember that this is just one very small component of a culinary programme.
These components include not just the fundamentals of cooking methods, but also basic business skills and how to appropriately develop a menu and recipe.
Many people use the terms “cook” and “chef” interchangeably to describe someone who is preparing dishes in the kitchen. However, there is a difference based on education and experience. Chefs get their title if they have a two- or four-year culinary degree and/or have extensively trained under a chef whereby their apprenticeship is equivalent to a degree. Chefs supervise, create menus and manage the kitchen. Cooks, on the other hand, prepare food and perform kitchen duties but are not in charge and may not have a formal culinary education or training.
At Citter, our programme is unique in training you to become a good chef. Our programme is based on the ‘Apprenticeship’ system of imparting knowledge and experience together. It is also a vocational training amongst other important trainings you will go through.
A chef apprenticeship is a combination of education and on-the-job training in which students learn how to prepare food and manage a professional kitchen. Many culinary apprenticeships require no previous experience, so they're ideal for beginners.
Our programme is managed typically by assigning our students to our kitchens. It's in this kitchen that the student receives their on-the-job training. In addition to this training, the student also receives formal classroom instruction.
Chef apprenticeship programmes can vary in length but typically provide between 4,000 and 6,000 hours of on-the-job training and over 400 hours of educational instruction. Students commonly complete these hours over two to three years.
While working as an apprentice chef, you can expect to learn about a wide range of topics related to operating a professional kitchen. Some common topics of instruction include:
Basic principles of nutrition
Correct handling and storage of food
Proper hygiene protocols
Fundamental culinary skills, such as food preparation and presentation
Key strategies for kitchen or restaurant management