With a market value of over $700 billion, the Culinary industry is the largest in the world in retail employment. There are many paths to becoming a culinary professional as well as many areas to specialize in. Generally, a chef achieves professional status through training at a culinary school and work experience. Others are tutored by chef mentors and hone their cooking skills at restaurants or hotels. Hard work and determination are required to be successful in this industry, as initially the pay can be low and the work can be very demanding. But for those who are truly passionate about the art of cooking, this shouldn't be a problem. Also, check out our cover letter samples, job descriptions and other resources.