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.