There are few formal educational requirements for cooks and chefs since you can qualify for most jobs in this field through on-the-job training. That means that you do not have to earn a cooking certificate or degree in order to work in this field. However, if you do not attend college for cooking, you can expect to spend several years in lower-level positions in the kitchen before you gain the knowledge and skills that are necessary to become a head cook or chef. And since cooks and chefs must develop hands-on food preparation skills, you should not plan to earn your cooking degree online if you choose to pursue a cooking degree.
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