It is often said that eating is a necessity but cooking is an art. In case you also aspire to be a chef someday and have keen interest in learning the beautiful art of cooking, go for these top 5 courses. Such courses not just teach you the basics of the industry but also prepare you for the globally used catering technologies and also culinary arts. After completing a bachelor's degree, a certificate or a diploma course you can go ahead in the field. Avenues are huge for a trained chef in any big hotel chain or niche restaurants.
There were days when people just started off in this field without any formal training. But now when so many schools and courses are available to hone your skills, why not go for one and land up getting you dream job? If you want to do more than just simply cook, go ahead with a professional course to be a top chef. Apart from planning the menu, inspecting ingredients, supervising, and looking at overall aspects of the kitchen, there is a lot to do as a head Chef. There are certain chefs who specialise in baking, some in cutting, few in overall presentation. You can choose to do specialised courses too. Ask yourself; is it something that you really want to do? Then go ahead with choosing the right course. In a reputed school or an institute, you will be taught how to do a certain task and why it is done in a particular way. Almost everything that takes to be a chef will be shown. If you don’t wish to do a job anywhere, you can always decide to start your own restaurant or a cafe and be your own boss. Decide what’s best fit for you and start off!
Associate Degree or Diploma in Culinary Arts
Culinary Arts requires keen interest in cooking and its different aspects. A culinary arts course will prepare you completely on things like making a complete meal, how to present it, decoration, etc. If you see yourself as a future chef, go on for a course in the field of Culinary Arts where you can know all about food and beverage management, kitchen management etc. You can pursue culinary arts courses at the undergraduate (UG) as well as postgraduate (PG) level. UG will be of three years usually.
Diploma in Food and Beverage
Diploma in Food and Beverage Services is a course of 1 year. Students who have cleared 12th are eligible to apply for this course. You may or may not have to give an entrance test for a particular college. Recheck before starting. Lot of Universities and colleges are providing this course like Amity University, Gurgaon, Institute of Hotel management, Catering and Nutrition, Delhi, Institute of management study, Kolkata, All India Institute of Management Studies, Chennai AND MANY MORE. Make yourself ready with some excellent communication skills along with knowledge of food. You may have to converse with a lot of people from across the globe, of different dialects and cultures. Once you are done with the course, you may opt to become a Chef, Food service manager, Steward, Beverage manager etc. You will learn a lot via this course like cooking, baking, food safety procedures, cleanliness maintenance, Presentation of food etc. You can also hunt for jobs in popular fast-food restaurants, cafes, canteens, Pubs, NGO’s, etc.
Diploma in Hotel or Hospitality Management
Diploma in Hospitality Management is a professional course which can be tailored differently by various colleges. Always enquire about the duration of the course before enrolling. You will have to be atleast 12th pass or may be a Bachelor’s degree holder, always depending on the type of the course and college you choose. Many top institutes offer Diploma in Hospitality Management like Tuli College of Hotel Management, Nagpur, Garden City University, Bangalore, Lovely Professional University etc. You may have to apply and appear for an entrance test too. Completion of the course with good grades can get you jobs in sector of hotel and hospitality as Receptionist, Hotel manager, Resort manager, Accounts Manager, banquet manager etc. Many big hotel chains have started recruiting only trained professionals like Taj Group of Hotels, The Leela Group of Hotels, Hyatt Group and many more. Hard work is the key everywhere. Go that extra mile to learn any skill required for the industry and you may land up getting your dream job in just a few months. Keep upgrading yourself with new and better skills and technology.
Bachelors in Culinary Arts
Bachelors in Culinary Arts course can be done from any top recognized college. You may or may not have to give an entrance test. Always check. Top institutes that offer B.A. in Culinary Arts are Bharati Vidyapeeth University, Pune, Manipal University, Lovely Professional University etc. B.A. in Culinary Arts program prepares you for the hotel industry. With this course you learn a lot of brilliant skills that can help you a lot in the long run. You can kick start your career as a chef or anything related to food and culinary arts. Keep your eyes open for jobs in the restaurants, Cafes, resorts, food sector etc.
Bachelors in Hotel or Hospitality Management
This sector is growing rapidly and so is the competition. To keep yourself abreast with the changing technology and services, you have to opt for the right course from a very good institute. With this course, you have a chance to also grab jobs in the international hotel chains also. As part of a BHM course, you will be taught about all aspects of the hospitality industry. How to deal with tough clients, how to make your customers happy, how to present the food in the right manner, how to survive a late shift if at all required etc. This course will surely upgrade your overall persona. You are also taught about food safety, cleanliness and nutrition.
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