It’s 11am and you’re ready to start your mid-morning shift in the kitchen of the recently-opened restaurant at Hull Royal Infirmary. You manage your team of assistant cooks and kitchen staff, creating heathly and tasty meals for staff and visitors at lunchtime.
After lunch, you sit with your team and design meals for tomorrow, checking food stocks and ordering supplies. You love the variety and challenge of your job, and enjoy succeeding as a team.
You’re interested in food and love cooking. You can make decisions under pressure and don’t mind working in hot, hectic conditions.
Good GCSEs aren’t essential, but basic qualifications in maths, English, and design and technology (food technology) are a good idea. You’ll then need to apply for a City and Guilds certificate 7061/2/3, or relevant vocational qualification, to work towards being a chef.
You don’t need A/AS levels to work as a chef. Instead, you should work towards a relevant catering qualification (see above) and try to obtain some kitchen work.