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Culinary Career Advise The Great Hall: Culinary Career Advise
By Bgg (Bgg) on Tuesday, November 12, 2002 - 02:00 pm: Edit

Hello everyone. I have been reading these postings and have found some very good advise, so I thought I would reach out...

I am 23 years old and have been working in the advertising business. I have a true passion for the culinary industry and have been investigating my options.

While I have thought about going to culinary school and eventally becoming a chef, I think I would rather continue cooking as a hobby. The other thing I thought of, is going to school to learn restaurant management and going into that side of the business.

My biggest hurdle, is that everyone tells me that I will never be able to spend time with what will eventually be my family. Is there a way to go into this business, but not work nights/weekends/holidays? Do some managers/owners work days?

What are some other Culinary related careers that do not involve working nights/weekends/holidays?


By Kinglear (Kinglear) on Tuesday, November 12, 2002 - 04:58 pm: Edit

Yes, there are many culinary careers that do not involve the rigors and insane schedules of the restaurant/hotel business. Look for a book by Mary Donovan titled "Careers for Gourmets & Others Who Love Food." It can possibly give you some unexpected directions to take.

By Chefrev (Chefrev) on Tuesday, November 12, 2002 - 07:15 pm: Edit

No nights/weekends/holidays? I think the only people in a given restaurant who don't have to work there on nights, weekends or holidays are the customers.

If you find something that pays with that description, let me know, then sign my ass up! LOL!!

By Ladycake (Ladycake) on Wednesday, November 13, 2002 - 10:56 am: Edit

Actually, Bgg, I have some friends in northern California who have a tidy little business in an upscale industrial area who work only days ... feeding the working stiffs. They do very nice late breakfast and lunch food in an computer area to the office personnel. Very specific, but if you can find an area like that without nearby restaurants, it works out very well.

By Cheftim (Cheftim) on Thursday, November 14, 2002 - 11:00 am: Edit

Foodservice Companies that serve the corporate world are as close to 9-5 jobs as you can get in the business. Different companies allow for different amounts of creativity and individual expression. Though it's narrowing every year.

Personal Chefs can set their own hours. Food Stylist also.

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