My journey as a chef

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The word “chef” is derived from the French word chef de cuisine which means the director or head of a kitchen. Chefs can be trained formally in an institute as well as learning from experienced chefs. A chef’s standard uniform includes a hat, apron, neckerchief, double-breasted jacket, and sturdy shoes.

Victoria Etuk is an indigene of Nsit Ibom LGA in Akwa Ibom State; she is a chef who is passionate about making new recipes. Victoria describes herself as a visionary, a fast thinker, a goal getter, and a result-oriented individual.

Victoria has been in business for more than two years.

The food sector plays an essential role in the economy of any society. This industry transforms raw farm commodities into consumer food. The truth is; everyone needs to eat food no matter the category and kind of food. Victoria says she enjoys thrilling and pampering taste buds.

Victoria started her business with N500,000.00. Her major high point as a chef is when her clients are satisfied with her services while her low moments result from the inability to meet demands of certain orders because of lack of adequate machinery and location issues.
In the face of challenges, Victoria has thought of giving up, but she keeps pressing on because cooking is her passion.

Victoria’s food business is registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission. She operates the business alone, running an online food store, taking orders and cooking from home. She only engages workers when she has major contracts and pays them only on the days they work.

Her mentor in business is Emem Emah of Tapadia Bukka.

Victoria looks forward to engaging with policymakers and investors to scale her business through access to funds that would help her open an outlet and purchase some working tools.

To fellow and aspiring entrepreneurs, Victoria advises, “Start no matter how small and never give up. There will be low moments, keep pushing”.

Creation of employment opportunities is one of the positive impacts that entrepreneurship conveys on a society. Victoria projects that she can help take five people off the streets by providing them gainful employment if her business grows as expected.

You can venture into the food industry today and become a chef, cooking delicious meals for the population and getting paid for it.

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