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A head chef is a highly skilled professional cook who oversees the operations of a restaurant or dining facility. They are responsible for the food that comes out of a kitchen, from conception to execution.
A head chef, also sometimes known as a head cook, oversees many diverse aspects of the restaurant they are working for. They manage and work closely with other cooks, create menu items and determine food inventory needs. They are employed in various places including restaurants, universities, hospitals, residential care centers and catering companies. They may also work as personal chefs.
A head chef is often involved in staffing of the kitchen, developing menu offerings, forecasting supply needs and estimating costs. They are expected to make sure the restaurant meets all regulations, including sanitary and safety guidelines.
Head Chefs are amongst the most important persons of a restaurant and are generally held accountable for the success and failure of an establishment.
As a Head Chef, you’ll be a key part of the kitchen team. You will usually work shifts, involving early mornings and late nights, weekends and public holidays.
Working in a kitchen is hot and humid. You’ll be on your feet most of the time and working under pressure. You’ll also work at a desk when planning menus. To ensure proper hygiene and protection, you’ll wear the standard uniform for a chef that includes a hat called a toque, necktie, double-breasted jacket, apron and shoes with steel or plastic toe-caps.
What can you expect to earn being a Head Chef? The position of Head 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, A Head Chef earns an average salary of £25,207 per year.