What is the duration of the college studies to become a chef?
i believe 4 years
There's also 2 year programs.
To become a "chef" yes. A "chef" is a very specific career path, and very specific schooling is necessary. If you want to be a line cook in a restaurant, you can typically simply train on the job. There are some very few chefs who have not attended culinary school, or obtained a Culinary Arts degree in college, but this is very rare.
The title chef in the culinary profession originates from the roots of haute cuisine in the 19th century and it is in the English language translation that the term chef has become a term that describes function or skill over that of rank. Thus every cook is potentially referred to as a chef from the short-order chef as well as the chef in fine-dining. There are culinary schools who teach and certify. Another way is…