Portrait of a Chef – What You Need to Know About Becoming One

February 16, 2010

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Lots of readers in Japan, for some odd reason, asked Hair to Toes how they can become chefs…the “real French kind”. Here’s our exclusive article on making culinary delights your career.

Training for the world of cuisine starts early in France; by the age of 16, chef wanna-be’s are applying for the CAP or the certificat d’aptitude professionnelle, or the BEP; the brevet d’etudes professionnelles. Both the CAP and the BEP teach the fundamentals pretty rigorously, but the brevet is more technically oriented.