What does a Head 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
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Work/Life Balance
3.3 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.5 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Head Chef Salaries

Average Base Pay

£29,883 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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£22K
Median: £30K
£40K
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Head Chef Career Path

Learn how to become a Head Chef, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

L7
Head Chef
£29,883/yr
L11
Executive Chef
£45,310/yr
L12
Chief Chef
£23,515/yr
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Head Chef Insights

Read what Head Chef professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
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”

Orange Tiger Hospitality
Executive Chef
17 Nov 2019

“Very good management and definitely one of the best places to work specially Thanks for Abhijeet sir and Hr Swati.”

Danesfield 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.”

Omni HotelsOmni Hotels
Sous Chef
5 Sep 2019

“We have a great team from top to bottom and have a fun time while at work.”

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.”

Duck & WaffleDuck & Waffle
Chef
10 Mar 2020

“Pay is ok but NOT WORTH the trauma I experienced working for this awful restaurant.”

Rebel Foods (Formerly Faasos)Rebel Foods (Formerly Faasos)
Senior Sous Chef
1 Jun 2021

“It is a good place to work .I don't think there are any cons in working at REBEL”

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 a head chef

When working as a head chef, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Japanese Language, Leadership, Attention To Detail, STCW and Excellent Communication.

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