Love cooking? Interested in cooking for a career?
A’Delle, the school psychologists at Davis High, suggests reaching out to contacts you already have in the community. Clubs, neighborhood groups and local businesses have event and services that require food preparation.
Ask: “Who has been doing the cooking for your Fall Harvest event?” [PS: That’s just one example!] Then, call them for the scoop and skinny.
The Davis Food Coop is a tremendous resource if you think you might have a cooking bug. Go to the events calendar at davisfood.coop/education/eventscalendar to find out what’s hot and tasty. Food preparation, as a field, has a huge range of opportunities from baking to grocery service. Even the late Anthony Bourdain started as a short-order chef sweating over a hot stove. Then, of course, he became famous writing about other cooks and the fascinating lives they lived.
One good way to explore the diversity of cooking is to join a facebook group sponsored by the Davis Food Coop. You can, for example, hook up to a Vegan facebook group, a teaching kitchen group or even a very active group that learns to cook for families with infants. This last group, called the Toddler group, has an amazing 314 members.
Don’t forget the Food Coop at 537 G St. in Davis has free patio cooking classes (often on Thursdays) that are free of charge. These classes can be found on the events calendar mentioned above.
Other ideas for cooking experience are almost too many to mention. At http://www.cake4kids.org you can volunteer to bake a cake for someone’s birthday. The public library at 315 E 14th St. has a kitchen gardening class.
The best idea is to keep networking in Davis and surrounds to expand your cooking passion any your culinary resume.