Norman Fu, Lecturer in Culinary Arts, gives advice for aspiring Chefs

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Editor 9th February 2017

Chef Career Advice

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

My names Norman Fu, and I’m a Chef lecturer here at Westminster Kingsway College.

The advice I’d give to any Chef student leaving college and just heading into the industry would be to work hard keep your mouth shut and basically keep your eyes and ears open, watch everything that goes on around you and take it all in, ask questions above all if you don't understand.

Young Chefs in the industry today can expect a lot of dedication from their employers, because again they want to maintain the staff in their places so they will treat you better than probably in the old days and also you get to learn a lot more new techniques, modern techniques and food from around the world it's no longer Eurocentric anymore it's more world centric, so there's a lot of things to see and a lot of things to do these days.

The best careers advice I’ve ever been given would be basically just working hard and basically just keep asking for things to do when you run out of things to do, just keep learning when a student applies here at Westminster Kingsway College we always look for dedication, knowledge and above all enthusiasm for the subject and for learning.

A Chef that's done 3 years here at college Westminster, I would expect them to be at a level where they will know all the basics, where they wouldn't need much hand holding in the initial stages and once they start to learn from the actual Chef and the menu where there working that probably will be much will be much easier as they will have a very good thorough grounding on what they do and the basics here.

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The  Staff Canteen

The Staff Canteen

Editor 9th February 2017

Norman Fu, Lecturer in Culinary Arts, gives advice for aspiring Chefs