Industries & Professions /
Cooks and Chefs
Although a high school diploma is not required for beginning positions, it is an asset to job applicants. If you are interested in moving beyond low-level positions such as kitchen helper or fry cook, your high school education should include classes in family and consumer science and health. These courses will teach you about nutrition, food preparation, and food storage. Math classes are also recommended; in this line of work you must be comfortable working with fractions, multiplying, and dividing. Since chefs and head cooks often have management responsibilities, you should also take business courses.
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