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A cook prepares food in a professional kitchen while a chef usually oversees the preparation of the food. Some people learn on the job, while others attend a two- or four-year culinary school program. Cooks and chefs work at restaurants or cafeterias. Some work in private settings, such as a person’s home. Depending on the type of restaurant a cook works in, he may have one specific task on the line. A chef usually has the responsibility of preparing and planning a restaurant’s menu, ordering ingredients and directing the cooks on the line. The median hourly wage for cooks in 2010 was $9.74 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The median annual salary for chefs was $19.53, or $40,630 annually in 2010.
A server takes orders from customers and makes sure diners have a pleasant experience in a restaurant. Some servers work for catering companies and serve food in non-restaurant settings. No education is needed to become a server. Most people are trained on the job. The complexity of the training depends on the restaurant. For example, some chain restaurants may have new servers take classes to familiarize themselves with the policies of the restaurant. The median hourly wage for food servers was $8.72 per hour in 2010, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In many cases, servers earn the bulk of their salary through tips.
Bakers often work in restaurants, pastry shops or grocery stores. They prepare breads as well as sweet baked goods such as cakes and cookies. Some bakers attend pastry school and earn a certificate or degree. Others may receive training on the job and work their way up from apprentice to head baker. In 2010, bakers earned an average hourly rate of $11.27, or $23,450 annually, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
A food stylist makes prepared dishes look good enough to eat or take a photograph of. Most food stylists need to have a degree from a culinary arts program. They work with real food and need to have an understanding of how it will react to certain conditions. For example, they need to understand how cut fruit will react when set in a bright location. Stylists can work with restaurants or caterers. They also work preparing food for cookbooks or for cooking shows. The average annual salary for a food stylist ranges from $30,000 to $50,000, according to Chef Schools, USA. A freelance stylist may earn between $300 and $850 per shoot.
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As a secondary Professional tor specializing in restaurant management and culinary arts, you have the opportunity to obtain certification to demonstrate your knowledge of the foodservice industry.
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The Certified Foodservice Trainee ce rtification (CFTC) is developed for Food Service Trained at the secondary level to:
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