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The executive chef is the person in charge of the kitchen. Everything that goes out of the kitchen is the responsibility of the executive chef in the eyes of the employer; therefore, it is essential for the person with this job to be able to maintain complete control of the kitchen at all times and to command the respect of his or her kitchen staff.
With the ultimate goal of ensuring that quality culinary dishes are being served on an efficient schedule to boost a restaurant’s overall profitability, executive chefs are hard at work identifying any problems that arise in the kitchen as well as resolving them quickly.
While maintaining a level head with strong strategic leadership skills, executive chefs are responsible for maximizing the productivity of kitchen staff, including chefs, cooks, culinary assistants, apprentices, sous chefs, and even dishwashers. Most executive chefs work full-time with up to 12-hour days to oversee the delivery of food supplies in mornings, prepare special menu items in afternoons, and supervise the kitchen during dinner hours.
Executive 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 Executive 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 Executive Chef? The position of Executive 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 yearly salary of a Executive Chef is £39.720 per hour.