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So You Are a Chef: Managing Your Culinary Career

ISBN: 978-0-470-25127-0
160 pages
June 2008, ©2009
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Preparing a resume, putting together a job search portfolio, finding potential employers, interviewing, and generally advancing one's culinary career can be daunting.  So You Are a Chef helps readers determine which culinary career path best suits his/her needs, set career goals, write up a resume, prepare a portfolio, contact prospective employers and interview for positions.  Students are walked through the process of all this in the hopes of helping them achieve career success.  So You are a Chef covers everything from getting potential job candidates pass the 30-second test and win interviews to networking and becoming an active member in professional organizations.   

Each copy of the book includes a CD-ROM filled with helpful electronic tools, including

  • Resume worksheet and checklist
  • Resume templates
  • Portfolio worksheet and checklist
  • Job log
  • Cover letter templates
  • Thank you letter templates
  • and goal-setting chart
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Table of Contents


How to Use So You Are a Chef.


Resources for Instructors.


CHAPTER 1 Write Your Resume.


Types of Resumes.

The Ingredients of a Great Resume.

How to Write Your Resume.

Edit and Proofread.

Scannable Resumes.

Everything You Need to Know about References.


Profile: LEE COCKERELL, Executive Vice President of Operations, Walt Disney World® Resort (recently retired).

CHAPTER 2 Put Together a Job Search Portfolio.


Do I Really Need a Portfolio?

Choose How to Organize.

Collect the Contents.

Get Supplies.

Put the Portfolio Together.

Evaluate Your Portfolio.

Use a Portfolio in an Interview.

Keep Your Portfolio Up to Date.


CHAPTER 3 Beyond the Want Ads: How to Locate and Contact Prospective Employers.


General Guidelines.

Search the Hidden Job Market.

Search the Public Market.

The Internet.

Following Up on Contacts.

Filling Out Applications.

Writing Cover Letters.


CHAPTER 4 Three-Step Interviewing.


Before the Interview.

During the Interview.

After the Interview.


Employment Testing.

Tips for Special Situations.

If You Get a Job Offer.


Profile: L. TIMOTHY RYAN, EdD, CMC, President, The Culinary Institute of America.

CHAPTER 5 Advancing Your Career.


Succeeding in a Professional Kitchen.

Setting Career Goals.

When You Leave a Job.


Professional Organizations.


American Academy of Chefs.

Lifelong Learning.


APPENDIX A Culinary Professional Organizations.


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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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The Wiley Advantage

  •  Only book solely dedicated to the culinary professional’s job search
  • Organized into five extensive chapters, each tackling a vital step in finding the best possible culinary job
  • "On the Job with Culinary and Foodservice Professionals” features and full job descriptions included
  • Includes CD-ROM containing Job and Career Inventory Checklists, Résumé Worksheets, Portfolio Templates, Interview Worksheets, and more
  • Supplementary materials include an online Instructor's Manual and PowerPoint slides
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Instructors Resources
Wiley Instructor Companion Site
Online Instructor's Manual
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