What does a Chief Chef do?

Chefs can be found at the heart of every kitchen. Chefs can be employed by restaurants, hospitals, schools, office complexes, private person or any other place that has a kitchen. A Chef is responsible for the preparation of a wide variety of cuisines. Some Chefs specialize in a particular area of the food industry, and some adopt a variety of styles. The goal of any Chef is to prepare food that is tasty and people enjoy eating

There are no specific education requirements to hold a position as a Chef. A person's experience and quality of cooking are enough to land a job at most establishments. For higher-profile employment, a degree in culinary arts is highly preferred. These degrees are obtained from local colleges, vocational institutions or dedicated culinary arts schools. Working as a chef can be a high-pressure career. Possessing good organizational and time management skills will ensure success in this field.

What responsibilities are common for Chief Chef jobs?
  • Collaborate with kitchen management on menu items
  • Attend all staff meetings
  • Prep kitchen before meal times
  • Prepare menu items as ordered
  • Ensure proper preparation of all food to be served
  • Assist head chef with large projects when requested
  • Maintain a clean kitchen at all times
  • Work in a safe and efficient manner
What are the typical qualifications for Chief Chef jobs?
  • Degree in the Culinary Arts (preferred)
  • 3+ years in a kitchen environment
  • Understanding of different culinary profiles and techniques
  • Capable of following instructions without variation
  • Ability to regularly lift 35 lbs
  • A desire to learn new flavors and techniques
  • The capability to work safely, efficiently and neatly
  • Willingness to work nights and weekends
  • Comfortable working long shifts of up to 12 hrs
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Avg. Experience5-7 years

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Chief Chef Career Path

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Chief Chef Insights

Read what Chief Chef professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Merrill GardensMerrill Gardens
Executive Chef
25 Jan 2022

“I really enjoy working here at Merrill Gardens because of the residents who are so approachable and friendly.”

Cescaphe Event GroupCescaphe Event Group
Event Chef Manager
8 Apr 2021

“There wasn't any downs working here it was a great opportunity for me and i learned a lot”

Danesfield House Hotel and SpaDanesfield House Hotel and Spa
Head Chef
8 Oct 2021

“Poor rates of pay for more junior staff for what is ultimately and ‘out of the way’ hotel.”

Carluccio'sCarluccio's
Head Chef
4 Sept 2022

“Expectation to do all roles within a restaurant for peanut pay and no support from ops.”

Union Square Hospitality GroupUnion Square Hospitality Group
Sous Chef
11 Nov 2021

“Work and life balance is the best I ever had in all my years in the industry.”

Kneaders Bakery & CafeKneaders Bakery & Cafe
Pastry Chef
20 Jun 2022

“Pay was barely acceptable based on my experience but you possibly get a raise twice a year”

Hideaway PizzaHideaway Pizza
Pizza Maker
13 Apr 2022

“It's a good job if your trying to make some money as a college student.”

Mitchells & ButlersMitchells & Butlers
Chef
3 Jun 2020

“Good online learning system which is giving a very good way to progress depends on individual skills.”

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Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of chefs

In the typical day of a chef, these professionals are responsible for overseeing kitchen operations, which includes preparing food, and managing staff and inventory. Head chefs create menus and supervise prep, while other chef positions work at various food stations.

Being a chef can be a rewarding career. The best part about working as a chef is the opportunity to delight restaurant goers with your culinary creativity. It takes time and effort to get established, but the trade-off is the opportunity to work at many places like catered events, hotels, and specialty restaurants.

When becoming a chef, keep in mind the physical demands of the job, as kitchen work requires long hours on your feet and a lot of repetitive movements. Kitchen atmospheres can be stressful, especially during peak hours, and most chefs work nights and weekends.

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