Head/Executive chef

27 April 2005
Head/Executive chef

What does this job involve?

  • Managing all aspects of the kitchen including the day-to-day operation
  • Liaising with suppliers
  • Maintaining or raising the profit margins on food
  • Creating menus and new dishes
  • Supervising staff
  • Ensuring health and hygiene and safety rules are adhered to

What skills and attributes do I need?

  • Creative skills a flair for cooking that goes beyond just being able to follow recipes. Qualifications and experience are not enough on their own. Imagination to develop new dishes is essential.
  • People-management skills - to be a responsible and effective leader and manage and motivate a team
  • Organisation skills - to be able to organise rotas, deliveries and storage
  • Planning skills - to be able to plan menus and ensure that dishes are ready at the right time
  • Finance skills - to be able to negotiate prices and handle budgets
  • Confidence in your ability
  • Communication skills
  • Hardworking, practical, methodical and able to multi-task
  • The ability to stay calm under pressure
  • Flexibility

How can I get this job?

A good head chef will have plenty of experience as a chef and have worked in numerous restaurants. Depending on the size and standard of the restaurant, it takes about 10 years to work up to this level.

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