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What to do now if i want to become a chef when i get older?

hollie a asked:

I’m 13. I really love to watch cooking shows and (if my mom would let me) would like to tyr to do what they do and make the resipes they do and i want to b come a chef when i get older. What should i do now to get started in the cooking world and r there cooking colleges or schools for kids my age?? anyotehr tips??

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8 Responses to “What to do now if i want to become a chef when i get older?”

  1. p h on June 2nd, 2011 2:19 am

    I would try to attend the Culinary Institute of America.

  2. Lydia on June 3rd, 2011 9:49 am

    Do as much cooking around the house as you can - learn from your mom as much as possible. Sometimes local community associations have cooking classes, but there may be age restrictions, you’d have to ask. Often they are at a local high school one evening a week, and don’t cost much.’
    Hopefully your high school offers Home Economics where you can do cooking. Sometimes high schools also offer Commercial Cooking options. Also, depending upon where you live, once you are done high school, you could take food preparation or commercial cooking courses to get certified at a community college, then move on to more established food institutes.
    Good luck!

  3. Alease M on June 6th, 2011 1:55 pm

    I havea friend who did the same thing- she took art in high school and made like cakes and things that were highly looked apon, she did cooking for all of her projects. She is nowa freshman student at the Culinary Institute of America

  4. slykitty62 on June 9th, 2011 9:26 pm

    Try to get your mother to allow you to experiment in the kitchen. Do as much cooking as you can in the next few years. My niece went to the Culinary Institute of America after high school. She also did a culinary arts program through her high school. They ran a restaurant. You might want to see if your high school has something like that.

  5. ~♥dragracergirl2♥~ on June 10th, 2011 9:00 pm

    start asking your parents if you can cook dinner…look at recipe books…start adding different things to plain recipes…try making new things…when you go job shadowing (if you do) go to a restaurant and shadow a chef…i used to want to be a chef too! :-) but now i want to be a fashion photographer! lol! (big change in jobs!) best of luck to you!

  6. R R on June 14th, 2011 1:39 am

    Given your age - the best first step would be to attend a tech high school that offers culinary arts (if you have one arond you). If not then do what you would do to attend any other college (study, good grades, etc in regular high school) and when the time comes there are numerous culinary colleges/universities you can attend: CIA, Johnson and Wales, etc - alot of the “good” (most talked about) culinary schools are in New England/NY. Until then, research on your own and practice, practice, practice! Don’t do what I did and not follow your dream.

  7. utauyuq13 on June 18th, 2011 8:54 pm

    I started at even a younger age, 11. What I did was collect as many recipes I can from where ever I could get them, and I read books on what spices work well with cooking in general. And of course I had a wonderful grandmother that would let me cook right along side her.

    You say you like watching some cooking shows, and alot of them have fan clubs that you can write to. You can search for their websites and pick their brains with all the questions you want! Like I said I was self taught in cooking and I didn’t go to culinary school, but as I reflect it would have been great to go to an Institute for the Culinary Arts.

  8. angel_alexa90 on June 20th, 2011 4:48 am

    that’s great and i would like to becom a chef too since im about your age. anyway try watching cooking shows still and maybe give tips to your mom about her cooking and maybe help her once in a while