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Cannabis Chef

As more states legalize the use of cannabis, the industry continues to expand rapidly. Cannabis companies are also popping up in more states, which means there are plenty of job opportunities. If you’re considering a job in the cannabis industry, now would be a great time to explore.

Within the cannabis industry, cannabis cooking is becoming a niche area for people who want to combine their love of culinary arts with cannabis. If this is the case for you, the best way to break into the cannabis industry is by becoming a cannabis chef.

Job Responsibilities

Most cannabis chefs start as mainstream chefs. Oftentimes, they will apprentice in restaurant kitchens, then later attend and graduate from a culinary institution. After one receives a formal culinary education, the cannabis aspect of the job can be explored.

A cannabis chef’s job responsibilities may include:

  • Cooking and creating specialty edibles
  • Monitoring the quality of edible cannabis products before serving customers
  • Preserving all products properly
  • Measuring correct ingredients for recipes
  • Testing quality of products by tasting to perfect the dose
  • Reporting food quality issues and product shortages
  • Following miscellaneous assigned duties under the direction of an executive cannabis chef

How to Become a Cannabis Chef

Generally, you’ll need some formal culinary and cannabis industry training to become a cannabis chef. There are several culinary programs you can try before becoming a cannabis chef.

Here are some educational paths to consider:

  • Study in a culinary program and receive your certificate upon graduation. Culinary programs are where you obtain entry-level cooking skills. These programs usually last about one year. Upon successful completion, you’ll receive a professional certification.
  • Complete an associate degree program in culinary arts. Many aspiring chefs obtain associate’s degrees. You can complete an associate degree program in about two years.
  • Obtain a bachelor’s degree. At a traditional, accredited four-year university or college, you can learn culinary skills and take business or management courses. Many aspiring chefs choose to begin their studies in culinary arts at a traditional university.

As you complete a formal culinary arts education, you will hopefully be working in a restaurant as well. Soon, you’ll be able to branch off into cooking edible cannabis products.