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A chef is a trained and skilled professional cook who is proficient in all aspects of food preparation of a particular cuisine. The word “chef” is derived from the term chef de cuisine, the director or head of a kitchen. Chefs can receive both formal training from an institution, as well as through apprenticeship with an experienced chef.
Chefs are in charge of all activities related to the kitchen, which usually includes menu creation, management of kitchen staff, ordering and purchasing of inventory, controlling raw material costs and plating design.
As a chef, you will also be training assisting chefs, most typically chef de parties who are working alongside you. Organisation and coordination are key responsibilities in this role as you bring different chefs together and help run multiple stations.
Chefs can work in a variety of places, these will include: restaurants, hotels, cruise ships, event catering, hospitals, offices, and the list goes on.
Most chefs hours are in the range of 40-60 hours per week, normally carried out over split service shifts covering breakfast/lunch and dinner service.
What can you expect to earn being a Chef? The position of Chef has a great deal of responsibilities and as a key part of the team you will spend most of your time cooking and preparing food in the kitchen. According to Payscale, the average hourly salary of a Chef is £7.30 per hour.