Chef Job Profile and Description

A chef is an individual who works in the kitchen of a restaurant or a hotel and is responsible for cooking the food served. They are in charge of the food service in the kitchen and sometimes may guide a team of cooks to prepare a certain dish. They plan the menu, may also purchase the ingredients required for cooking and also hire staff in the kitchen etc. They can be called as overall in charge of the food coming from the kitchen. They also determine the way a certain dish needs to be presented. They also have to ensure that the food ordered is delivered on time.

Chef Duties and Responsibilities

There are various duties and responsibilities required to be carried out by a chef. They are as follows:

  •  Ensuring that certain dish is prepared with correct recipe
  •  Guiding a team of cooks in the kitchen to prepare the food to be served
  •  Deciding the way a dish needs to be presented or decorated
  • Ensuring that the food ordered is prepared and delivered on time
  • Hiring new staff in the kitchen as per requirement
  • Inspecting work areas to ensure that standards are maintained
  • Ensuring that the quality of the food is intact
  • Planning the menu in a restaurant
  • Monitor that sanitation practice is followed’

Chef Skills and Specifications

The skills required to become a chef are as follows:

  • Needs to have excellent culinary skills
  • Must have good managerial skills
  • Must be good at multitasking
  • Ability to manage a team
  • Ability to express orally

Chef Education and Qualification

The qualifications required to become a chef are as follows:

  •  Formal training in culinary program
  •  4 years bachelors degree in culinary skills

Chef Salary

The average annual salary of a chef is around $68,459 which varies depending upon the job profile and the type of organization.