Culinary career is all about passion and talent. The ones who are fond of food and cooking often have the highest chance of having job satisfaction if they are choosing this career path. If done correctly culinary career can be the most rewarding and fulfilling career you could pursue.
Having said that, passion and talent alone will not make you a great chef; proper culinary education and guidance take you to greater heights in your professional life. At ICCA, you don’t just learn cooking; you get to experience the industry in its true form.
If you’re an aspiring chef and are looking to know more about culinary education and career, we have compiled some of the most important factors any budding chef would experience at ICCA about being in a professional kitchen.
1. It’s Intense
In a commercial/professional kitchen, things are much more intense than your home kitchen, and you can expect the same intensity at ICCA kitchen as well. You might be quite good in the comfort of your home kitchen; however, in ICCA you will get trained just like how it is done in the industry where everything is 100 times more difficult until you get used to the flow. Keep in mind that we prepare you to be at ease in a professional kitchen when you’re ready to join the industry.
2. Deal with the pace
Everything in the ICCA Kitchen moves at a sprint-like pace just like how it is in a professional kitchen. Your movements, actions, reactions and even thinking should be fast enough to cope up with a busy kitchen atmosphere. Also, when in the kitchen, you’ll be expected to figure out everything quickly.
3. You’ll be saying more “Yes Chef!” than “Hellos”
Let’s face it; in a professional kitchen, the chefs are quite strict & tough to maintain a proper workflow which you’ll see in ICCA kitchen as well. Yes, they all are fun to work with but at the same time, they are pretty tough too. So be ready to get yelled at for even the slightest of mistakes you make for which all they want to hear is a “Yes Chef!” in return without any further explanation because that’s how they prepare you for the industry.
4. You’ll know the power of teamwork
Teamwork is the most important factor that helps run a kitchen efficiently. In each and every process you need your team to be with you to execute each day’s tasks smoothly. Amidst all the chaos in the kitchen you will always find the comfort of your team or batch members to support each other throughout the program, and regardless how tough the chefs would be they will be always around to give you all the mental support you need.
5. You’ll get to work with Celebrity chefs
Being in ICCA, you will never run out of a chance to work with renowned chefs from all over the world. We make it a point to be the main part of all the major international food events that happen in UAE such as Taste, Gulf Food & Gulf Host to provide better industry exposure and experience to our students.
6. Last but not least, it’s all fun in here
No matter how intense or difficult the program is, there’s no doubt that you will get to have a lot of fun in the school. The events and the buffet preparations are not only hands-on learning experiences but are also a lot of fun to be a part of.