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723 How to be a Chef

Rebecca discusses the various ways one can become a chef.

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The most common way is to become an apprentice which means you go to the kitchen and work at the bottom level.

An 'apprentice' is an amateur in a particular field who works with someone who is a master to gain knowledge and skills, kind of like an intern.

Notice the following:

  1. There are not many apprentices around any more.
  2. She trained as an apprentice, and then she opened her own cafe.

really small wage


You do get paid by your employer but it's a really small wage.

A 'really small wage' means that you do not get paid a lot of money for the job that you do.

Notice the following:

  1. Very often the most popular jobs pay a really small wage.
  2. I had to quit my job, as I was getting paid a really small wage.

climbed up the ladder


He just was a dishwasher and he slowly climbed up the ladder, so you can do it that way as well.

Here, 'climbing up the ladder' refers to progressing to a higher level in your career.

Notice the following:

  1. You need to work hard and climb up the ladder.
  2. He is the big boss now but he started off as an apprentice and climbed up the ladder over the years.

dropped out


I dropped out after a while.

When you 'drop out' of school or a class, it means that you quit it before you complete it.

Notice the following:

  1. I dropped out of school at a very early age.
  2. She says that she will not let me drop out of college.

bring your work home


Do you prefer not to cook for other people because it's like bringing your work home?

To 'bring your work home' means that you do the same activities that you would at work in your home. It can also refer to someone who brings something to work on from the office to the house because he works too much.

Notice the following:

  1. I always have to remind him not to bring his work home.
  2. I quite like bringing my work home with me.