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Being a chef is hard work. It requires one to stand in one place for hours and a senior chef needs to be a good leader as well.

india Updated: Nov 02, 2006 13:23 IST

It is important to point out that the life of a chef is not one of leisure. On the contrary, it constitutes of long working hours, leaving little time for a life outside the job.

However, if one does have an interest in cooking, and is against the orthodox routine of a desk job, this is certainly an avenue to explore.

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Being a chef is hard work. It requires one to stand in one place for hours and can be quite straining physically.

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The Institute of Hotel Management, Catering Technology and Applied Nutrition has many centres across the country

The Army Institute of Hotel Management and Catering Technology, Bangalore IGNOU

Institute of Science and Management, Chotanagpur

Welcomgroup Graduate School of Hotel Administration, Manipal, Karnataka

It is a mentally tasking job as well as it requires meticulous planning and a senior chef needs to be a good leader as well. Educational qualifications: Most institutes take in students who have cleared their Class XII.

Career growth:
A few years back cooking for a living is what one was limited to do. These days, however, there are a lot more options open for people who have trained in culinary.

There has been a rise in the number of celebrity chefs around the world. There a writers of cookbooks, culinary adventures, cooking shows of different moulds which include teaching people how to cook to traveling the world to experience different cuisines. So how does one become a chef? There are schools which have long since been training people abroad.

The Culinary Institute of America (CIA) and le Cordon Bleu culinary school are perhaps the most prestigious institutions. If one wishes to study in India the institutes of hotel management provide courses in this field. To become a chef is not a risky option today. In fact it can be a highly lucrative job option and certainly worth considering.

As an apprentice in India one can start earning about Rs 15,000 per month. Chefs are paid handsomely as a rule. Indian chefs abroad are in demand and the salary is also high there.

With experience, a food consultant or a menu designer can earn up to a lakh or more per month.

First Published: Nov 02, 2006 12:56 IST