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How to become a Chef

In order to become a chef, you must:

  1. Obtain a high school diploma or GED.
  2. Attend culinary school to receive a culinary associate's or bachelor's degree.
  3. Participate in a training program or apprenticeship with a professional chef.
  4. Obtain any necessary certifications according to your state's regulations and requirements.

What skills help Chefs find jobs?

  • Culinary Experience
  • Meal Preparation
  • Cooking Experience
  • Restaurant Experience
  • Kitchen Experience
  • Leadership Experience
  • Time Management
  • Food Safety Experience
  • Food Service
  • Food Preparation Experience
  • Catering Experience
  • Communication Skills

Career progression for Chef

Education levels for Chefs

0%1%15%19%65%Doctoral DegreeMaster's DegreeBachelor's DegreeAssociate's DegreeHigh School Diploma or GED

Based on the requirements of Chef job openings on Indeed in the United States within the last three years.

Expected salary by experience

0-44-88-1212-1616-2020-24Years of experience27k30k33k36k39kAnnual salary in USD

Based on resume data from Indeed users who reported working as a Chef in the United States within the last three years.

Common qualifications for Chefs

  • ServSafe
  • Food Handler Certification
  • Driver's License
  • CompTIA Linux+
  • MAST Permit
  • OLCC Service Permit
  • CPR Certification
  • First Aid Certification
  • CRC
  • Non-CDL Class C
  • CDL B
  • Teaching Certification