I'm a U.S Navy VET looking to Become a Personal chef, and i Need advice where should i start this j

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  1. chefdenada

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    i'm 24, i been cooking for 10 yrs, at 19 i joined the united state navy and done my time honorably as a Culinary Specialist (CS), when i returned home, to the state of new york i knew i wanted to continue culinary journey. 

    i want to become a personal chef and then to later on start my own personal chef business,

    i just need help finding directions to where to start first....
     
  2. beastmasterflex

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    The VA has a program called on the job training and apprenticeships some restaurants participate. You can find out which restaurants do it in your area by talking to your VA rep.
     
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    Where do I find A VA office? Only place I kno of is the hospital
     
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    Thanks for the info, i will surely put them to good use
     
  7. seabeecook

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    Hello and welcome to civilian life Petty Officer. Check with one of the personal chef associations on the web. The two big ones are the American Personal & Private Chef Institute & Association and the United States Personal Chef Association. Until you can get a business going, I would get a job in a restaurant. As a Navy CS, most of your experience is more in line with institutional and production cooking. Be ready to work your way back up and to learn. There is a difference in the way the Navy cooks and the way it's done in the civilian world.

    Steven
    MSCS, USN, Ret.
     
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    if I were you I would use my GI bill to go to a nice culinary school, since it would be free
     
  9. ex navycook

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    There are several options for veterans. I myself used the post 9/11 GI Bill and went to Johnson & Wales University basically for free and got two degrees. Your from New York which has a few good culinary schools including Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park which is by far the best known school. I agree with Senior Chief that you should get a job in a restaurant and work your way back up. It will suck, trust me but you will learn a lot and you can show your experience to your peers by taking action when needed, volunteering yourself for crappy duties and all those other wonderful we all had to do as young CS's. Info on GI Bill and other veteran programs can be found at VA.gov
     
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    Hi and welcome. Yes if you have benfits look into JW and CIA. These schools are the better ones in the US. I used my benfits to go to Le Cordon Bleu in Paris after I retired from the Army. You can find VA reps at the local state employment office.
     
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    i am USMC Vet and currently going to the internalinal culinary center here in Manhattan.They give Vet 7500 scholarship and with you post 911 bill you will actully make money going to school.
     
  12. petemccracken

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    Now that you have the culinary part handled, you can commence work on:
    • Licenses and permits
    • Business plan
    • Web site
    • Marketing plan
    • Advertising program (don't spend any money ;-) )
    as the culinary part is the easy part of a personal chef business
     
  13. ktrunning

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    mmwineguy,

    You did exactly what I want to do. Will you shed some light on this process. I am interested in using my GI Bill for the "le Grand Diplome" at le Cordon Bleu in Paris. My concern is that I could not find it on the the approved schools list. The course is about about ten months long and cost 45,000 EUR. Would I incur any out of pocket expenses.

    Is this still a possibility?