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Working As A Chef Instructor

  • Training and Teaching Others
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Coaching and Developing Others
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • $45,058

    Average Salary

What Does A Chef Instructor Do

Career and technical education teachers instruct students in various technical and vocational subjects, such as auto repair, healthcare, and culinary arts. They teach academic and technical content to provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary to enter an occupation.

Duties

Career and technical education teachers typically do the following:

  • Create lesson plans and assignments
  • Instruct students on how to develop certain skills
  • Show how to apply classroom knowledge through hands-on activities
  • Demonstrate and supervise the safe and proper use of tools and equipment
  • Monitor students’ progress, assign tasks, and grade assignments
  • Discuss students’ progress with parents, students, and counselors
  • Develop and enforce classroom rules and safety procedures

Career and technical education teachers help students explore and prepare to enter a specific occupation, in fields such as healthcare or information technology. They use a variety of teaching techniques to help students learn and develop skills related to a specific career or field of study. They demonstrate tasks, techniques, and tools used in an occupation. They may assign hands-on tasks, such as replacing brakes on cars, taking blood pressure, or recording vital signs. Teachers typically oversee these tasks in workshops and laboratories in the school.

Some teachers establish relationships with local businesses and nonprofit organizations to provide practical work experience for students. They also serve as advisers to students participating in career and technical student organizations.

The specific duties of career and technical education teachers vary by the grade and subject they teach. In middle schools and high schools, they teach general concepts in a classroom and through practical exercises in workshops and laboratories.

In postsecondary schools, they teach specific career skills that help students earn a certificate, diploma, or an associate’s degree, and prepare them for a specific job. For example, welding instructors teach students various welding techniques and essential safety practices. They also monitor the use of tools and equipment, and have students practice procedures until they meet the specific standards required by the trade.

In most states, teachers in middle and high schools instruct one subject within the 16 major career fields, also known as Career Clusters. For example, the career cluster known as architecture and construction includes instruction in designing, planning, managing, building, and maintaining structures.

Teachers instructing courses in agricultural, food, and natural resources teach topics such as agricultural production; agriculture-related business; veterinary science; and plant, animal, and food systems. For example, they may have students plant and care for crops and tend to animals so that students can apply what they have learned in the classroom.

Career and technical education teachers in hospitality and tourism teach students in subjects such as nutrition, culinary arts, or hotel lodging. For example, teachers may instruct and supervise students in creating menus and preparing food.

Some teach the skills necessary to work as technicians and assistants, such as nursing and dental assistants in health-science occupations.

For information on all 16 major Career Clusters and programs in all other states, visit National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium.

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How To Become A Chef Instructor

Career and technical education teachers must have a bachelor’s degree. They also need work experience in the subject they teach. Some teachers, particularly those in public schools, also may be required to have a state-issued certification or license. Requirements for certification vary by state.

Education

Career and technical education teachers in public schools generally need a bachelor’s degree in the field they teach, such as agriculture, engineering, or computer science.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Many career and technical education teachers need work experience in the field they teach. For example, automotive mechanics, chefs, and nurses typically spend years in their career before moving into teaching.

Training

Some states require prospective career and technical education teachers to complete a period of fieldwork, commonly referred to as student teaching. In some states, this program is a prerequisite for a license to teach in public schools. During student teaching, prospective teachers gain experience in preparing lessons and teaching students under the supervision and guidance of a mentor teacher. The amount of time required for these programs varies by state, but may last from 1 to 2 years.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

States may require career and technical education teachers in public schools to be licensed or certified. Requirements for certification vary by state. Most states require teachers to pass a background check.

Certification typically requires completing a student teaching program and a bachelor’s degree. States usually require candidates to pass a general teaching certification test.

Teachers may be required to complete annual professional development courses to maintain their license. For certification requirements in your state, visit Teach.org.

Some states offer an alternative route to certification for prospective teachers who have a bachelor’s degree or work experience in their field, but lack the education courses required for certification. Alternative programs typically cover teaching methods, development of lesson plans, and classroom management.

In addition to teaching certification, career and technical education teachers who prepare students for an occupation that requires a license or certification may need to have and maintain the same credential. For example, career and technical education teachers who instruct welding may need to have certification in welding.

Advancement

Experienced teachers can advance to become mentors and lead teachers, helping less experienced teachers to improve their teaching skills.

Teachers may become school counselors, instructional coordinators, or principals. These positions generally require additional education, an advanced degree, or certification. An advanced degree in education administration or leadership may be helpful.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Career and technical education teachers must be able to explain technical concepts in terms that students can understand.

Organizational skills. Career and technical education teachers have many students in different classes throughout the day. They must be able to organize their time and teaching materials.

Patience. Working with students of different abilities and backgrounds can be difficult. Teachers must be patient with each student in their classroom and develop a positive learning environment.

Resourcefulness. Teachers need to be able to develop different ways of presenting information and demonstrating tasks so that students can learn.

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Chef Instructor Demographics

Gender

Male

67.5%

Female

29.4%

Unknown

3.1%
Ethnicity

White

78.0%

Hispanic or Latino

13.5%

Asian

6.4%

Unknown

1.5%

Black or African American

0.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

37.7%

French

24.7%

Italian

15.6%

Chinese

5.2%

German

3.9%

Mandarin

2.6%

Danish

1.3%

Hawaiian

1.3%

Cantonese

1.3%

Filipino

1.3%

Japanese

1.3%

Tagalog

1.3%

Thai

1.3%

Korean

1.3%
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Chef Instructor Education

Schools

Culinary Institute of America

37.3%

Johnson & Wales University

21.8%

New England Culinary Institute

7.3%

French Culinary Institute

2.7%

University of Phoenix

2.7%

Sullivan University

2.7%

Baltimore International College

2.3%

Johnson County Community College

2.3%

Florida International University

2.3%

Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts

2.3%

Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago

2.3%

Art Institute of Atlanta

1.8%

Arizona Culinary Institute

1.8%

The Institute of Culinary Education School

1.8%

Stratford University

1.8%

Temple University

1.4%

Texas Tech University

1.4%

Hudson County Community College

1.4%

University of New Haven

1.4%

Iowa State University

1.4%
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Majors

Culinary Arts

55.9%

Business

8.2%

Hospitality Management

6.6%

Food And Nutrition

4.4%

Health Care Administration

3.6%

Education

3.4%

Management

3.4%

Entertainment Business

2.0%

Dietetics

1.8%

Elementary Education

1.6%

Food Science

1.2%

Marketing

1.2%

English

1.0%

Liberal Arts

1.0%

Communication

1.0%

Law

1.0%

Nutrition Science

0.8%

Economics

0.8%

History

0.8%

Fine Arts

0.6%
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Degrees

Other

27.9%

Associate

26.4%

Bachelors

26.1%

Masters

9.0%

Certificate

6.4%

Diploma

2.5%

Doctorate

1.6%

License

0.2%
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Real Chef Instructor Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Restaurant Chef Instructor The Culinary Institute of America San Antonio, TX Feb 01, 2015 $83,231
Chef Instructor Murray Hill Place, Inc. New York, NY Jan 28, 2016 $80,309
Restaurant Chef Instructor The Culinary Institute of America San Antonio, TX Feb 01, 2012 $80,000
Chef Instructor The International Culinary Center of California, L Campbell, CA Dec 01, 2011 $75,000
Chef Instructor The International Culinary Center of California, L Campbell, CA Dec 01, 2012 $75,000
Chef Instructor The Culinary Institute of America Hyde Park, NY Oct 01, 2015 $73,440
Chef Instructor The Culinary Institute of America Hyde Park, NY Nov 01, 2012 $72,000
Chef Instructor The Culinary Institute of America Hyde Park, NY Oct 01, 2012 $72,000
Baking & Pastry Arts Chef Instructor Culinary Institute Inc. Houston, TX Apr 26, 2016 $63,232
Chef Instructor San Diego Culinary Institute, Inc. La Mesa, CA May 19, 2014 $60,216 -
$75,000
Baking, Pastry and Cuisine Chef Instructor Culinary Institute, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 16, 2011 $52,272
Chef Instructor Culinary Institute Inc. Houston, TX Sep 15, 2015 $52,000
Chef Instructor-Culinary Arts Culinary Institute Inc. Houston, TX Oct 01, 2014 $52,000
Chef Instructor The Culinary Institute Alain & Marie Lenotre Houston, TX Sep 09, 2010 $49,481
Chef Instructor Culinary Institute Alain &Amp; Marie Lenotre Houston, TX Nov 22, 2010 $47,500
Chef Instructor Murray Hill Place, Inc. New York, NY Mar 23, 2012 $45,267
Chef Instructor Murray Hill Place Inc. New York, NY Jul 17, 2011 $45,267
Chef Instructor Murray Hill Place Inc. New York, NY Jul 17, 2011 $45,115
Chef Instructor-Baking/Pastry Arts Culinary Institute Inc. Houston, TX Sep 25, 2013 $45,000
Baking & Pastry Arts Chef Instructor Culinary Institute, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 12, 2015 $41,500
Baking & Pastry Arts Chef Instructor Culinary Institute Inc. Houston, TX Sep 12, 2015 $41,500
Chef Instructor Culinary Institute. Inc. Houston, TX Sep 01, 2012 $40,000
Chef Instructor Culinary Institute, Inc. Houston, TX Sep 15, 2012 $40,000
Chef Instructor-Culinary Arts Culinary Institute Inc. Houston, TX Sep 01, 2014 $40,000
Chef Instructor-Culinary Arts (Pastry/Baking) Culinary Institute Inc. Houston, TX Aug 31, 2014 $40,000

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Top Skills for A Chef Instructor

ClassPreparationCurriculumDevelopmentCookingTechniquesCuisineMenuDevelopmentPastryCurriculumKitchenSafetyLessonPlansCulinaryArtsCookingClassesHospitalityChefsGardeMangerFoodServiceCakesLabInstructionCostControlBasicKnifeSkillsServsafeCulinarySkills

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Top Chef Instructor Skills

  1. Class Preparation
  2. Curriculum Development
  3. Cooking Techniques
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Managed all details of class preparation, menu, ordering, and presentation.
  • Served on curriculum development committee for Restaurant Rotation class.
  • Educate up to 32 students in daily lecture on culinary history, concepts and classical cooking techniques.
  • Teach American Regional Cuisines, Advanced Baking, Retail Bakeshop & International Cuisines
  • Presented demonstrations and instructed my students in proper buffet set up and presentation, menu development, and cost of production.

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