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Working as a chef for a contract caterer

11 February 2003 by
Working as a chef for a contract caterer

Question

After completing all of my chef qualifications at college six years ago, I have been working as a chef in various four-star hotels and restaurants.

After much thought I have decided that a career as a relief/mobile chef for one of the big contract catering companies would be both a interesting and progressive career move.

Could you please tell me what is the best way to go about this? Also, is there much demand for this line of work? And what could I expect in terms of salary and hours of work?

What the expert says

Ian Hall, director of human resources, Aramark

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First, make a list of the contract caterers that you are interested in. Find out as much as you can about them by looking at their Web sites and then send letters to their human resources departments with your CV. Certainly in the larger contract catering companies, there is a demand for chefs. You should expect to earn a salary of between £18,000 and £28,000 and your day would generally start at around 8am and finish at 4pm.
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