The first thing most people think of when they hear the words culinary arts is chef. That is the obvious career choice for those who further their education and get a degree in culinary arts. There are many categories in that genre; executive chef, sous chef, prep cook, line cook. Becoming a chef is a competitive industry and some may find once they’ve achieved being a chef it’s not quite what they were hoping for. Being a chef is a very rewarding career, but it also requires long hours and a flexible schedule. And although the choice of chef is the obvious career choice for those who have received a degree in culinary arts, it’s not the only career choice.
Many students of culinary arts go forward to become restaurant and/or hotel managers. There are many hotels throughout the world which pride themselves on their in-house restaurants, such as Wolfgang Puck’s WP24 restaurant, located on the 24th floor of the Ritz Carleton in Los Angeles. High-end hotels offer lucrative jobs to some of the best chefs in the world who run their hotels restaurants. Furthermore, there are thousands of restaurant chains throughout the country who offer management positions. Restaurant managers are expected to know the ends and outs of the entire restaurant, not just making schedules and placing food orders.