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Meet Connie DeSousa – Chef

Connie Desousa
At just 31, Connie is a Canadian superstar. She trained at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris, was on Alberta’s culinary Olympic team in 2004, and worked at Chef Jean Georges Vongerichten’s Michelin 3-star restaurant in New York City and Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California.

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Do you have a passion for food and a real talent for cooking it? Do you dream of following in the delicious footsteps of Nigella Lawson, Susar Lee, Jamie Oliver, and other celebrity chefs? Becoming a chef may be the right career for you.

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A chef is a professional cook who is able to prepare, cook and present a wide variety of foods efficiently and according to industry standards. They can be employed in restaurants, hotels, hospitals, clubs, correctional institutions, catering companies and educational
A typical workday for a chef involves long hours of standing, lifting and quick movements and performing physically demanding tasks. A head chef arrives at the kitchen hours before it opens and begins preparing the menu and ensuring that line
Head chefs must have a Chef de Cuisine designation or a culinary arts diploma as well as a Red Seal — the interprovincial standards program that provides skilled workers with mobility across Canada by encouraging the standardization of training and
When Lucie Richard contemplated a career as a food stylist, she worried she was lacking a critical personality trait. “I thought they were way too anal,” she admits. “They promised me they could make me an anal person and they
The best part of cooking for a living is the thrill of a busy kitchen and a restaurant full of customers. It’s also the worst part, if you’re at the end of a 108-hour week. Jimmy Dao, chef at the

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