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Some sous chefs might be able to start in a kitchen as a prep worker or line cook without any training or education and work their way up to a sous chef position, but most have a degree in the culinary arts. The steps to becoming a sous chef include:
Many sous chefs work their way into an executive chef position. The industry usually promotes from within, so if you log time in the kitchen and prove your worth and talent, you can work up to a higher position.
Along with a passion for food and the knowledge to prepare it, a sous chef needs leadership and management skills. You also need to have organizational skills and the ability to work under pressure.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, sous chef jobs will grow by 11% in the next ten years.