What does a 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.

  • 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
  • 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

Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
21%
2 - 4
37%
5 - 7
3%
8+
39%

Common Skill Sets

Effective Communication
Excellent Communication
Ability to Multitask
Time Management
Team Leadership
English Language
HACCP
GXP

Chef Seniority Levels

L2
Chef
£21,192/yr
L4
Lead Chef
£23,526/yr
L7
Head Chef
£29,865/yr
Line Cook
34% made the transition
General Manager
29% made the transition
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Chef Salaries

Average Base Pay

£21,192 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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£15K
Median: £21K
£30K
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