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Career in the spotlight: Chef

Metro introduces you to recent grads establishing careers in growing industries, and asked them how they landed a job in their field.

Lauren Mozer never gets bored, and is always amazed by the people she works with as a chef.

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Lauren Mozer never gets bored, and is always amazed by the people she works with as a chef.

Job Description: Chef

Median Wage: Median wage of people working as chefs is $33,000 Some make as much as $51,000 year working in restaurants and catering companies. Salaries for chefs who own their own businesses vary widely. According to PayScale.com, the median wage for an executive chef is $57,386.

Expected Growth: The amount of growth expected in this field over the next four years is 13 per cent.

Why I like my job: Lauren Mozer, 28, Owner/Executive Chef at elle cuisine, Toronto, Ontario

“With my job, every day is a little different than the last. First, I get into the kitchen/office and meet with my chefs. We review upcoming events and menus for the week and get to work. Then I meet with my events team; we chat about events and client requests, and share feedback from the previous week. We’re always working on improving our services.  

“I love good food and providing unique food experiences to our clients.  I love that every day brings new challenges and excitement.  I never get bored, and am always amazed by the people I work with and the clients I work for.  

“From the financial organization of our business, to the cooking, to the event planning and staff dynamics, every part of my job is challenging.  But I love challenges.  If my job was easy, I wouldn’t enjoy it as much as I do.”

After graduating with a degree in Anthropology and Sociology from McGill, Mozer completed George Brown’s 2-year Culinary Management Program.

How to become an animator:

How to start: A diploma in Culinary Arts, Culinary Skills or Professional Cooking is a great starting point for would-be chefs. Specializing in baking or patisserie skills is also an option.

Where this career can take you: Executive Chef, Research Chef and Food and Nutrition Manager are just a few of the titles open to chefs looking for professional expansion.

Your next career step: Culinary Management programs combine chef training with business and entrepreneurial skills. Depending on individual career paths, they can be either a starting point or the next step towards owning or managing a culinary business. A Bachelor degree in the business of Hospitality Operations Management or Food Service Management can also be a path to management, while specializing in nutrition science can lead to work in the health care sector.

Data for this feature was provided by georgebrown.ca, hollandcollege.com, payscale.com  and lbpce.ca

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