Apprenticeship or Kitchen-hand job to start out?

Discussion in 'Culinary Externships / Internships' started by englishmanbo, Dec 6, 2015.

  1. englishmanbo

    englishmanbo

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    Should I commit to an apprenticeship or get a kitchen hand job and see how it goes.

    Is it better to try for an apprenticeship in an elite hotel.

    I have just finished school and am 18 years old with certificate in hospitality and 2 years part time experience in food handling (busy supermarket deli). I have a portfolio with photos and recipes from the certificate. I think I would be well suited to the work and expect to start out doing a fair bit of cleaning/food prep then slowly increase my knowledge and experience.

    Thanks for any advice.
     
  2. happyhound

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    "Kitchen hand job". Priceless.
     
  3. flipflopgirl

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    I am all over internships if there is a strong willing mentor in the picture.

    One you can trust to walk you to the edge of the cliff and boot you off when you are ready.

    I had a mentor and became part of his family.

    He found me bartending days at DFW airport and saw something in me.

    I dabbled in just about every part of the industry and have fallen back on relationships and skills learned countless times throughout my life.

    mimi

    I went on to my planned life in medicine and I am absolutely certain my hospitality experience cemented my rise in the field.

    m.
     
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  4. jimyra

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    I believe strongly in Paid internships they know you are there to learn.  Starting just as a kitchen hand is for those with a future as a prep or line cook.  Think big and to your future.  I also believe that many young people who think kitchen hand is the best just don't realize how much better they would be with education and a mentor.  Flip flop is right on.