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So You Want to Be a Chef?: Your Guide to Culinary Careers, 2nd Edition

ISBN: 978-0-470-08856-2
252 pages
June 2008, ©2009
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So You Want to Be a Chef? is a complete guide to traditional and non traditional culinary careers. The text features revealing interviews with industry professionals, and analysis of over seventy-five jobs. The new Second edition includes descriptions of daily job duties, hours, working conditions, qualifications, promotion opportunities, and possible career paths. This new text is well suited for the culinary student who is about to embark on their culinary education and career exploration.

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Table of Contents



Chapter 1. Culinary Careers in Restaurants.

Chapter 2. Culinary Careers in Hotels.

Chapter 3. Culinary Careers in Clubs.

Chapter 4. Culinary Careers in Catering.

Chapter 5. Culinary Careers in Supermarkets.

Chapter 6. Culinary Careers in Cruise Lines.


Chapter 7. Culinary Careers in Business and Industry.

Chapter 8. Culinary Careers in Universities and Schools.                                                                                   

Chapter 9. Additional Careers in On-Site Foodservice.


Chapter 10. Culinary Careers in Research and Development.

Chapter 11. Culinary Careers in Education.

Chapter 12. Additional Culinary Careers.

Appendix A Culinary Professional Organizations.

Appendix B Job Descriptions.


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Author Information

Lisa M. Brefere, CEC, AAC, is a Certified Executive Chef with over thirty years of experience. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, she is a member of the American Culinary Federation and the American Academy of Chefs, and has been awarded the ACF Presidential Medallion for outstanding dedication to the profession. She has coauthored several books including Nutrition for Foodservice and Culinary Professionals. With her business partner Brad Barnes, she cofounded GigaChef.com, an online tool for culinary professionals.

Karen Eich Drummond, EdD, RD, FADA, LDN, FMP, is author and coauthor of numerous books, including Nutrition for Foodservice and Culinary Professionals and The Restaurant Training Program, both published by Wiley.

Brad Barnes, CMC, CCA, AAC, is one of fifty-nine Certified Master Chefs in the United States. A graduate of the Culinary Institute of America, he is a member of the National Certification Commission for the American Culinary Federation and plays a pivotal role in revising culinary certification standards. A cofounder of GigaChef.com with Lisa M. Brefere, he has also coauthored the American Culinary Federation's Guide to Culinary Certification, published by Wiley.

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New to This Edition

  • New chapter on Research and Development Chefs, an emerging field in the culinary world
  • Advice offered from recent culinary school graduates on the advantages of their education
  • Broadened coverage of careers in on-site foodservice, now highlights careers in healthcare, continuing care communities, the armed forces, and more
  • Career path is integrated throughout the book, rather than just at the beginning
  • Professional organizations are identified in each chapter
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The Wiley Advantage

  • One-of-a-kind resource for anyone interested in mapping a career path in any aspect of the culinary arts
  • Food-related jobs such as Culinary Educator, Food Stylist, Food Photographer, Food Writer—even Celebrity Chef—are also included
  • Realistic, vivid, and practical representation of career tracks, job duties, hours and working conditions, qualifications, employment/promotion opportunities
  • Interviews with industry leaders who have achieved success on their chosen path
  • Supplementary instructor materials include Instructor's Manual with Test Bank and PowerPoint slides
  • This edition does not include a  CD-ROM. 
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Instructors Resources
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