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Career as a Chef

Do you have what it takes to be a chef?

Are you someone who has good leadership skills, can be assertive and maintain a good level of quality, hygiene and time management all at the same time?

If so, a career as a chef, may just be what you’re looking for.

Are you someone who likes to feel rewarded?

The job of a chef can be very rewarding if a lot of dedication and patience is put in. Being on your feet all day can be hard work, so devotion and commitment is a must for this industry.

Alongside working well within a team you should also be able to handle huge amounts of pressure such as; time keeping, multi-tasking while making sure all the food served is of the highest standards. You’ll need to work hard to balance your work and home life, so this job is not for the faint of heart.

What are the responsibilities of a chef?

Responsibilities may include preparing dishes, ordering supplies, supervising a team and training/hiring new staff.

Within the role of a chef you must be able to arrange daily menus according to the availability of ingredients and craft your own original dishes, or put your stamp on traditional favourites, so being creative is a must.

What makes a good chef?

You’ll need:

-A passion for food and cooking

-A love for making your own dishes and experimenting

-Ability to balance a lot of things at once

What’s the T&Cs?

This industry is not your standard 9am - 5pm job, you could start as early as 4am and finish as late as 11pm. Hours are normally quite long for chefs, with the working environment being stressful during busy periods, which hopefully will be most of the time!

Do I need any experience? / What qualifications do I need?

While many chefs simply learn on the job, others have several qualifications under their belt, such as completing a formal training program, City & Guilds or BTEC qualifications. The more qualifications and experience you have, the more employable you will be.

Who can I work for?

As a chef you can work for various different businesses:

Restaurants, hotels, cruise ships, speciality food stores and private homes are just a few.

Check out the kitchen hierarchy from bottom to top. Work your way down the list for a higher salary:

 

Role

Salary in the region of...

Responsibilities include...

 

 

Kitchen hand

£13K

-General duties including washing dishes and cutlery

Kitchen Porter

£14.6K

-Basic food preparation. Basic cleaning duties

Commis Chef

£21K

-Working under a chef de partie

-Learning the ins and outs of a specific station.

Chef De Partie

£21K

-Running a specific section of the kitchen

-May have several assistants.

Sous Chef

£25K

-Similar to Head Chef, but a more hands on role in the kitchen

Head Chef

£26.4K

-Controls the whole kitchen -Managing all staff. Controlling kitchen costs. Creating the menus

Executive Chef

£32.5K

-Operation of multiple outlets

-Small amount of cooking

In summary:

Commitment and dedication added with passion and creativity are essential if you want to be a successful chef.  As is a desire for hard work and strong leadership skills. However, if you can crack all this, then chef could be the career for you!!

Take a look at more than 19,000+ chef jobs listed here: www.allthetopbananas.com/Jobs/chef.aspx