A Chef is responsible for the dishes that are cooked and prepared at a restaurant. This can involve creating new recipes, or adhering to specific food preparation and standards set by the restaurant
Chef Category Jobs
- Head Chef
- Junior Sous Chef
- Chef de Partie
- Demi Chef de Partie
Roles and Responsibilities
- Setting up the kitchen with cooking utensils and equipment, like knives, pans and food scales
- Studying each recipe and gathering all necessary ingredients
- Cooking food in a timely manner.
- Delegate tasks to kitchen staff
- Inform wait staff about daily specials
- Ensure appealing plate presentation
- Supervise Cooks and assist as needed
- Slightly modify recipes to meet customers’ needs and requests (e.g. reduce salt, remove dairy)
- Monitor food stock and place orders
- Check freshness of food and discard out-of-date items
- Experiment with recipes and suggest new ingredients
- Ensure compliance with all health and safety regulations within the kitchen area.
- Level 3 Diploma in Professional Cookery, or
- Level 4 Diploma in Professional Culinary Arts or
- A degree from university in Culinary Arts or Professional Cookery.
Additional skills which may benefit anyone considering a job as an chef include:
- Proven work experience as a Chef or cook.
- Hands-on experience with various kitchen equipment (e.g. grillers and pasta makers)
- Advanced knowledge of culinary, baking and pastry techniques
- Leadership skills
- Ability to remain calm and undertake various tasks
- Excellent time management abilities
- Up-to-date knowledge of cooking techniques and recipes
- Familiarity with sanitation regulations
- Culinary school diploma preferred
- Communication skills