Part of Unit: Careers and Job Skills
Lesson Plan Overview / Details
What does it take to be come a chef? This lesson will explore the details of everything it takes to be on the path of becoming a good chef.
California Career and Technical Education Standards
- HTR.FS.3.1 Know the personal qualifications, interests, aptitudes, knowledge, and skills ne...
- HTR.FS.3.2 Understand the scope of career opportunities and know the requirements for educa...
- HTR.FS.3.3 Develop a career plan that is designed to reflect career interests, pathways, an...
- HTR.FS.3.4 Understand the role and function of professional organizations, industry associa...
- HTR.FS.3.5 Understand the past, present, and future trends that affect careers, such as tec...
- HTR.FS.3.6 Know key strategies for self-promotion in the hiring process, such as job applic...
- HTR.FS.5.3 Use critical thinking skills to make informed decisions and solve problems.
- HTR.FS.5.4 Apply decision-making skills to achieve balance in the multiple roles of persona...
Student Objectives / Goals
By the end of this lesson students will understand the requirements to becoming a chef.
Activities in this Lesson
- Activity #1 - Hooks / Set
Students are to enter room and get seated. After everybody is seated, you'll ask how everybody is doing while taking roll.
Next, start the introduction to the "Becoming a Chef" video as a hook.
Have students take notes about the following questions:
What are the requirements?
What sort of training do I need to qualify as a professional chef or cook?
Are the culinary arts right for me?
What equipment will I need?
What is a chef's salary?
How much will I have to pay for tuition?
Why should I become an apprentice chef first?
- Activity #2 - Lecture
A chef is a person who has studied for many years in the culinary arts, learning how to run a successful kitchen and properly prepare meals in a professional environment.
There are quite a few places a chef can choose to work in. Some of these include:•
- Cruise ships
- Rest Homes
- There are also many choices that can be made regarding the position a chef .To be a chef, it is a good idea to start by going to a Culinary school or study as an apprentice.
- You can’t get to the level of head chef running a kitchen without first knowing the basics.
- In a kitchen environment, you are required to lift heavy pots and constantly stirring sauces is also very common, it can be a very stressful job.
- Being able to handle stress calmly will be a great help to you in this profession. This is just for starters.
- There are a lot of things that you will need to know before choosing to be a chef, this lesson will help be your comprehensive guide to knowing if a culinary profession is right for you.
- This choice should be made with the right knowledge behind you. This lesson will help guide you about becoming a chef.
- Is It Right For Me
- Before you can decide you should first consider the demands that are placed on a chef’s shoulders.
- It can be a very stressful situation for someone that does’t already know what it's like to be under such working conditions.
- A chef is responsible for many other staff members in the kitchen as well. You need to know what is going on around you at all times, and have excellent organizational skills to boot.
- You must have a genuine love of cooking, a creative mind, and a good temperament.
- Chefs spend a great deal of time with people and should have a keen desire to work with people as a fully functional team.
- A good chef knows that for a kitchen to run smoothly, you must offer staff members a forum for their stresses as well. A chef must be the glue that holds the kitchen staff together.
- There is no room for conceit and showing off in a kitchen environment. All members of the “team” must be able to work well together.
- Certified Culinarian.docx [ Download ] This would be passed out for some understanding what it takes to become a chef.
- True or False - Closure
Becoming a chef - true/false test:
1. Is it important to be a successful multitasker as a chef?
2. Are chefs and cooks one and the same?
3. As a chef do you need to be in top physical condition?
4. Should you be able to work well under constant pressure?
5. Should you be able to work well with others?
6. Is organization a key factor in becoming a chef?
7. Should you be able to work quickly and efficiently?
8. Are basic cooking skills required?
9. Do you need to be able to lift at least one hundred pounds?
10. Is the chef responsible for making sure everything runs smoothly?
- Being a Chef - Check Understanding
You will often be required to do many things at once, so be prepared. As you will learn, working in a kitchen is a fast-paced environment. It certainly helps if you can keep up!
And it also requires you to be able to act with a clear head and decisive manner. Most jobs require you to be able to do more than one thing at a time, but none so much as working as a chef. It can be quite frustrating at times, but very rewarding at others. Multi-tasking is never more important than it is to those who wish to run their own establishment and kitchen.
- Being a Chef - Closure
You should be aware of the amount of time and study it takes to become a chef you really need to keep yourself motivated.
As with all things that require much effort, sometimes you really have to talk yourself into continuing. If you can stick with it you will be happy in the end, and you will be a chef. So in short, you need persistence.