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Pros and Cons of Culinary Arts

Culinary arts as a career is attracted to a growing number of people, thanks to the popularity of cooking shows on television that showcase chefs as celebrities and contestants preparing extraordinary creative dishes in the kitchen. Becoming a chef isn't about just slicing, it takes a lot of hard work, determination and skills. Before you enroll in culinary school, you should understand the pros and cons associated with a career in the culinary arts.


1 It is a job that will let you express your creativity

Chefs have the freedom to innovate and experiment with dishes. Which means, they can be creative at the workplace, and do what they like. It is a freedom that many professionals don’t usually get to enjoy at work place!

2 High paid salaries at high end hotels, resorts and restaurants.

High package salary for the chefs working at high end hotels and other places. Along with the handsome salary package, they also get to enjoy other perks like – chance to interact with clients from around the world, work with talented chefs etc.

3 Numerous job opportunities

A skilled chef is always in huge demand. Lack of job opportunities is not something that they need to worry about!

4 Excellent self-employment opportunities

Apart from a regular job, chefs also have numerous self-employment opportunities available in front of them.

5. Can do trial and error

A chef can always play with food and use their taste to create new dishes unlike other jobs. They can be their own boss when it comes to cooking food.


1 Long and unpredictable working hours

The timings here aren’t fixed like other jobs. Being a chef is not easy, one must be ready to work at odd hours also. It is not uncommon to see chefs working on long, grueling shifts.

2 Low pay in many cases

We mentioned that Chefs get paid a lot at the high end hotels, but when it comes to the chefs not belonging to the high end hotels they are not paid much. Many chefs are known to put in long hours of work. And the salary they get in return is not at all justifiable.

3 ‘Not too comfortable’ working conditions

Chefs often ply their trade in testing conditions and environment. A typical kitchen can meet accidents like fire, smoke, cuts etc. Carelessness can often result in accidents.

4 Physically and mentally demanding job

Chefs remain standing for long hours. Their job often involves too much standing that leads to stress on physical body. Add to that long working hours and you have a job that drains your energy.

5 The reputation of the hotel lies on the chef

The Chef cannot afford to bring its stress in the way of work, one mistake can cost him the reputation of the hotel he is working in and his job. They have to be very careful while cooking anything for the customers.


Summary: Culinary Arts can be a perfect career for those who wish to play with food and have a good knowledge about the tastes from across the world. The TV shows that come up inspires people to choose this field. Though the field has its own pros and cons like any other but the one that decides to fit can make it till the end. It all ends up with how you deal with the situation and how you react to it. At the start one can be paid less that does not meet its expectations, but with hard work and dedication one can reach where they desire to be. The journey maybe not be a cakewalk but it definitely will be fruitful.

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Posted in Health & Fitness on July 29 2019 at 02:44 PM

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