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what type of education does someone need to get a job as a prep cook?

im 41 and love to cook.. would really love to be in a kitchen as a prep cook, wondering if i have to do the whole culinary school thing or not?

Asked By: one_goofy_devil - 8/6/2007
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If you want to be a prep cook and are willing to make prep cook wages, pretty much anyone will take you. It's one of the lowest, crappiest jobs in the kitchen. However, it is a great foot in the door. If you show you have knife skills and can follow directions, positions tend to open up and line chefs will let you... More
Answered By: John O - 8/6/2007
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You have to go to a cooking school. Is fun and I believe you will love. Sometimes I think about it too. Go for it. You will graduate ready to become a Chef, Line Cook, Prep Cook. But some restaurants would accept you with just high school.
Answered By: Cister - 8/6/2007
 
No, just at least a high school diploma or a GED. Should be fine.
Answered By: G - 8/6/2007
 
Well you can do on the job training if you can find an employer to train you. Or you can go to your local vocational college and sign up for culinary classes. They will place you in a job along with your classes. At least they offered to do that for me when I went to check into once.
Answered By: ghost - 8/6/2007
 
you don't need to go to culinary school, but some culinary education will get you farther--even if you take a six week course. best if you can get into a restaurant in another position, then express your interest to the chef after you've established yourself in the place as a server or bartender or food runner.
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Answered By: Leah A - 8/6/2007
 
From what I have gathered cooking has been broken down into a number of units... More
Answered By: Historyman. - 8/6/2007
 
The more education you have, the better the job---and the pay. Suggesting trying culinary school if you can do it.
Answered By: Carolsandytoes1 - 8/6/2007
 
Why wouldn't u want to attend culinary school? Home cooking is altogether different than commercial cooking. In the commercial kitchens I worked in there were several teams, the salad team, entree team, desserts team, baking team, etc., Culinary classes will introduce u to... More
Answered By: wildflower - 8/6/2007
 
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