Indu Prasad

How do I become a chef? What should I study?

I have no background in hospitality but I am passionate about cooking. I think I can become a good chef. But I want to be sure of my prospects before I decide to shift fields.

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RE: How do I become a chef? What should I study?

Dr.jawahar Surisetti
Dr.jawahar Surisetti
Verified Career Expert
Educationist/Director at Ashoka Education Foundation
  • Raipur

There is an assumption before I answer. I assume that you are a school pass out . The path is different if you are a graduate. After 12th you can give an entrance exam for hotel management graduate from any of the 25+ IHMs of the Government of India through a common entrance exam after 12th with any subject conducted by the National Council of Hotel Management and Catering Technology , New Delhi. After this graduation you can opt for Front Office, kitchen, Food and Beverage Service or Housekeeping. Being a chef out of passion is one of the most lucrative career options. There are specific institutions for Culinary arts to specialise in kitchen too like the one in Goa. There are also institutions run or supported by Taj, Oberoi and Welcomgroup of ITC which take at 12th as well as Graduate Trainees.

RE: How do I become a chef? What should I study?

Rahul Shinde
Rahul Shinde
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Career Consultant at Pinnacle School of Business Management
  • Thane


Greeting's for the day!!!

A Cardinal part of hospitality industry, hotel management has wide employment opportunities. Moreover, with globalisation gaining acceptance with more and more countries, the hotel management industry is truy becoming global. As hotel chain owners are opening new hotels in various big and small cities, requirement for trained hotel management professionals is huge. Although considered one of the most glamorous careers, hotel management requires professionals who can keep their cool even in the most challenging situations.

Hotel Management can include Hotel & Restaurant Management, Cruise Ship Hotel Management, Hospital Administration and Catering, Hotel and Tourism Associations, Airline Catering and Cabin Services, Club Management, Forest Lodges, Guest Houses amongst others. Expansion of global travel industry and aviation industry is expected to boost hotel industry in next couple of years.

Eligibility Criteria:
The minimum selection criteria for an undergraduate course in hotel management is 10+2 with 50% marks. However, candidates who do not have 50% marks in +2 can do diploma or certificate course in hotel management which are being offered by various institutes. Additionally, some hotels provide training cum job placement and candidates who do not haveother options can opt for it. Indian hotel management institutes conduct entrance exams before selecting the candidates for various courses. Candidates can do degree course in Hotel Managementsoon after 10+2 which are offeredby various hotel management institutes.

Is It a Right Career for Me?
Before jumping to any decision to select hotel management as a career option, it is alsways advised to analyse pros and cons, growth prospects, matching of work-profile with personality traits, etc. If the candidate is not willing to work in various profiles he may not be suitable for it as in hotel management an employee may be asked to work in management, food and beverage service, housekeeping, front office operations, sales and marketing, accounting or any other department depending upon the specific requirement.

Job Prospects:
Hotel management like any other sector is subject to the state of national economy and global economy. When the economy is doing well jobs come a lot in the sector. Currently there are more than 2.4 million people working in hotel, catering and allied industry in India and the number is going to increase in next couple of years as new hotels are coming up in large numbers in urban and semi-urban areas. Trained hotel management professionals would have privilege over untrained graduates as hotels are not willing invest in training of recruits rather prefer trained ones.

Further doubts or queries feel free to contact.


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