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How to become a successful female chef

Newlywed, new mom and first-time home buyer, Sarah is currently playing out her exciting life in Phoenix, Arizona. She recently gave up her job in finance to stay at home with her baby girl, who between bath time and feeding time, keeps ...

Chop your way to the top

If you aspire to be the next Rachael Ray or Giada (that is, Giada De Laurentiis, but she needs no surname), your dream can become a reality with some hard work, great kitchen skills and a drive to succeed.
Female chef cooking

In a world where the majority of women run the kitchens in their households, it's quite surprising that the majority of top chefs are men. They run the hot, high-stress cooking lines at five-star restaurants, and we run the cooking and cleaning duties at home. They please high-paying customers while we try to please our demanding 2-year-old. It can be a challenge running a restaurant and running a household, which is why so many women never make it. Women chefs are wanted, though, and needed. If you wish to achieve success by owning or operating a critically acclaimed restaurant, overcome boundaries and take the necessary steps to becoming a successful female chef — starting now.

Step 1: Find your niche

The first step in becoming a successful female chef is finding your cooking niche. Do you prefer baking, grilling, creating ethnic foods or making specialty dishes? To find the answer, be willing to explore and try new things. If you're able to travel and learn about other cultures, do it as often as possible. Once you've found your niche, perfect it. Become a master of your specialty.

Check out Giada De Laurentiis' food tips for moms >>

Step 2: Get a formal education

Whether you're looking to open up your own restaurant or be a head chef at one that already exists, a formal education is necessary. Find a culinary school in your area and enroll in some classes. If you have the talent and an education to back it up, the road to success will be that much easier.

Step 3: Be willing to start at the bottom

A businessman isn't hired on as CEO right away, and a chef won't be running the line immediately, either. Be willing to start at the bottom and work your way up. Prove yourself, go out of your way to help others and look up to those above you for guidance and mentorship. After you've gotten some experience under your belt, you'll be able to seek the higher positions.

Read Trisha Yearwood's tips here >>

Helpful tips to becoming a successful female chef

  • Make compromises. Working in a restaurant requires long hours and late nights. Successful chefs have to make sacrifices in their personal life in order to do what they love career-wise.
  • Be creative. Chefs very rarely complain of boredom. Constantly be willing to create new dishes and make your current ones better.
  • Believe in yourself. Keep a positive attitude and believe in your culinary skills. The only person who can reach your goals and make your dreams a reality — is you.

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