Chef Chef

A Chef works under the Chef de Partie to learn the various station’s operations and responsibilities. A Chef can be fully qualified or still undergoing hands-on training.

Job Summary

  • Get involved in all aspects of food preparation
  • Plating food
  • Liaise with the rest of the team to prepare customers orders
  • Maintain health and hygiene procedures
  • Allocate tasks to team
  • Ensure the kitchen is prepared, and the food is stored correctly
  • Monitor stock to ensure fresh food is not contaminated
  • Rotate and update menu

Skills required

  • You are able to cook a variety of dishes to a high standard
  • Team management
  • Knowledge of ingredients
  • Training and development of team
  • Work well under pressure and towards deadlines

Qualifications and Training

Many Chefs have got where they are today by training on the job and working to the top. However, formal qualifications will undoubtedly get you to the top fast. You can work your way up the ranks by taking the apprenticeship route as well as studying for NVQs or SVQs. Alternatively, you can study full time at college. Useful qualifications include:

  • City & Guilds diplomas in cookery
  • BTEC HND in cookery
  • A foundation degree in culinary arts
  • Health and safety and food hygiene certificates

Salary Expectations

A Chef can expect to earn between £13,000 and £29,000 a year with the average salary around £23,000.

Salary rates vary depending upon your experience, as well as the company. These figures are only intended as a guide.*

The bonus bits…

If you love to cook you can turn your hobby into a career

You have the potential of earning a very high income depending on where you work and reputation you build for yourself

* Figures from caterer.com December 2015