Lecturer in Culinary Arts, Andrew Landsell

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Chef Career Advice

Based on his extensive experience working within Culinary Education Industry, Chef lecturerAndrew Lansdell offers his advice to aspiring Chefs in an attempt to help them on their journey up the career ladder:

OK, I'm Andrew Lansdell, I'm a Chef lecturer at Westminster Kingsway College.

The advice I'd give to any young Chef leaving college and going into our industry is to try and get as much experience as they can, especially while there younger and possibly, even go out to work abroad because you learn about different cuisines, you’re going to find out much more about ingredients you're not really used to working with so much in this country and you can obviously use that in your own cuisine as you develop as a Chef.

A young Chef obviously can expect from the industry today, they want people obviously to be very dedicated and very passionate about what they do and expected to work very long hours and to give it they’re all really to show there real enthusiasm for what they’re doing. The best bit of careers advice I've ever been given is you're only going to get out what you put into it.

When a candidate applies to us to come on the course what we're really looking for is passion, commitment and enthusiasm for what we do, for the industry, they've really got to show us what they can do. A lot of them won't have a lot of cooking experience but it's really that passion for wanting to learn and wanting to achieve and wanting to be a Chef. I think the industry expect from our students is passion, enthusiasm, motivation and real enthusiasm for being a Chef, really.

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Editor 15th December 2016

Lecturer in Culinary Arts, Andrew Landsell