Cook Course and Career Info Description
Food and Beverage
No specific college course is required to become a cook. However, if you’re planning to apply for a job at a hotel, resort, or cruise ship, you need to at least have undergone some training course offered by vocational culinary school. These short courses teach you the basics in food preparation and cooking, including how to properly use kitchen appliances, devices, and machines. You will also be taught some background in food nutrition and safety.
Cost of Education:
Short courses will cost you about P1,200 for a half-day program; however, expect to pay more for a longer training program. For example, commercial cookery training program will cost you about P6,000.
Top Universities for Course:
- If you want to be a professional cook, then here are some culinary schools that offer short courses – Philippine School of Culinary Arts, The Academy for International Culinary Arts, Center for Asian Culinary Studies, and Enderun Extension.
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Course Skills and Factors
- Sharp sense of smell as well as taste.
- Ability to multitask.
- Cooperative and able to follow command.
- Patience and ability to withstand stress and pressure.
- Team player and able to work very well with other people.
- Physically fit and neat.
- Communication skills and good rapport with people.
- Good coordination skills.
- Skill in planning and implementing the plan.
- Skill in managing people and resources.
- The main responsibility of a cook is to prepare and cook the food. It is also his responsibility to oversee his subordinate staff in food preparation as well as cooking. If he’s working in a hospital, for example, it’s his duty to see to it that the special instructions made by the dietitian are followed for the patients. Finally, cooks also help in monitoring as well as ordering kitchen items and supplies.
Career Outlook and Global Demand
Locally, there is a high demand for cooks in places that receive a high number of visitors or tourists yearly. Globally, Filipino cooks are also in demand in Middle Eastern countries such as Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Brunei, and Oman.
A cook could earn about P9,000 to P15,000 each month, depending upon the employer and type of establishment. The salary is higher if you’re going to work for luxury hotels and resorts or international cruise ships.
Opportunities for Advancement:
There are a lot of career opportunities for cooks. From entry-level cook, you could advance to head cook and maybe even a specialist chef or a sous chef. From these positions, you could move up to a head chef of executive chef position.