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Design menus, create recipes, and cook food.

What does a Chef do?

Food Network fans know: chefs aren’t sissies, they’re soldiers. As ready to fight as they are flambe, theirs is a delicious war. Instead of guns, their weapons are Wusthofs.

Every day is a new battle to bake, roast, fry or saute. The mission, however, is always the same: whether you work at a five-star restaurant, roadside diner, cafeteria or hotel, serving steak or succotash, your job is making food that people want to eat.

If that sounds easy, it isn’t. Along with an arsenal of spices, being a chef requires sweat, stamina, and superhuman taste buds. Depending on your rank — line cook, sous chef or executive chef — your job is more than cooking dinner. It’s also designing menus, procuring and preparing ingredients, creating and testing recipes, setting prices, managing kitchen staff, and policing food safety.

Because cooking is creative, you suffer for your art, working long and awkward hours, slaving over hot stoves, and serving demanding customers, often going home with cuts, blisters and burns.

Your reward: you’ll eat like a king – and be treated like one too if you’re successful. Foodservice royalty, your robe is a double-breasted white jacket and your crown a special white hat. Your spatula, meanwhile, is your scepter and your title – “Chef So-and-So” – a hard-won version of . Playing with your food has never been so sweet.