TV shows might make being a chef seem glamorous, but it’s a lot of hard work. There are only a few dozen or so chefs who ever make it to celebrity status, even though so many students entering culinary schools this daydream of reaching that status.

In reality, chefs must study and train for years, and as the infographic below shows, they also have to keep records, maintain inventory, handle employees, and more … and the average income isn’t so great.

How to become a chef
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I like that this infographic pointed out that receiving formal training can either come from a culinary school or come from formal training under a mentoring chef. I am surprised by the national yearly median income - $42,480. For a job that requires usually working many more than 40 hours a week, and is almost guaranteed to include most nights and weekends, that’s not a lot of money.

If you’re a chef, does this infographic seem accurate?

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

There’s more to being a chef than cooking
A “How to Become a Chef” infographic points out that chefs do more than cook. Many of them have to keep records, maintain inventory, and more.