Thinking of Becoming a Professional Vegan Chef?

July 25, 2017

Not too long ago, the idea of being a vegan chef would not have occurred to many people. In recent years, however, the number of vegan restaurants and catering businesses, particularly in major metropolitan areas has tripled. In addition, more and more private clubs and spas, corporations, bakeries, food chains and grocery stores are expanding their menus to include larger vegan selections.

Thus, demand has sharply increased for the services of those with the knowledge and skills of a vegan chef who can advise and prepare menus that are both nutritious and highly appealing to their clientele.
Once you’ve mastered the art of turning a vegetable into a delectable (and enviable) entrée, you might find yourself yearning to take your cooking to the next level and share it with the world as a chef. If becoming a professional vegan chef is your dream, here are some things to consider that will help point you in the right direction.  

 

Professional Chef
Many people use the terms “cook” and “chef” interchangeably to describe someone who is preparing dishes in the kitchen. However, there is a difference based on education and experience. Chefs get their title if they have a two- or four-year culinary degree and/or have extensively trained under a chef whereby their apprenticeship is equivalent to a degree. Chefs supervise, create menus and manage the kitchen. 


To be a chef, there is a lot to learn. Besides cooking techniques, there is menu planning, plating, food handling, nutrition, business management and health department regulations. The bottom line is that anyone can call themselves a chef but depend on your career goals, you will need to decide whether formal training is necessary and appropriate for you.

 

Apprenticeship
If you choose to train as an apprentice, you will need to find chefs willing to mentor you. It’s a good idea to work in several places over time to get varied types of experience and skills and see where you are most comfortable working. Maybe you prefer a fancy restaurant in a large metropolitan centre, a deli in a natural foods market or the kitchen of a hotel. Perhaps you might enjoy doing culinary research at a vegan food company.


Formal Culinary Training
If you decide you want a formal culinary education, there are various routes you can go. You can attend the culinary school like HTMi Hotel and Tourism Management Institute & Culinary Arts Academy at Switzerland. while you also getting job experience working as a cook or chef. If you plan to open your own restaurant or business, you may want to take a course in business management or restaurant and hotel hospitality. Some culinary programs offer certificates and/or degrees. You need to explore all the options. 

 

Your exciting Chef career is well within reach! It's time to turn your passion and creativity into your dream career.


Course Detail:

  • Advanced or Postgraduate Diploma in European Baking and Pastry Arts

  • Advanced or Postgraduate Diploma in Culinary Arts (Tailor-Made)  at  HTMi Hotel and Tourism Management Institute

  • Dual Bachelor’s Degree in Culinary Arts

  • Master of International Business in Culinary Management

  • Specialisation in Swiss Pastry & Chocolate Arts at Culinary Arts Academy

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