Chef job descriptionPost Job
The top team in any restaurant, whether independent or hotel-based, is the combination of chefs, a job which depends largely on patience, endurance and a good measure of skill. To get to the top requires experience, stamina and creativity, but can be achieved with dedication. The role varies from hotel and general restaurant chefs to the renowned specialist chef, whose reputation is such that customers regard it as a privilege to eat in his restaurant.
Day-to-day tasks include arranging daily menus according to the availability of ingredients and sourcing the fresh ingredients at good prices as well as preparing the daily dishes along with the rest of the team. Long hours are part of the job, as are stressful busy periods, especially in the evenings. Most chefs will have trained at a vocational training college and worked their way up from a basic level, gaining further certification as they progress. Initially, two to four years vocational training plus some experience is required for the position. A chef in a pub restaurant can expect earnings of £30,000 per annum, with salaries rising to the heights for the top talents.
Handling the preparation of food or meals is the responsibility of a Chef. These professionals may be in charge of several or dozens of workers such as waiters, cooks, washers and other service staff. They are sometimes referred to as kitchen managers, executive chefs or 'maitre de cuisine'. Chefs are usually promoted from lower positions, namely trainee chef, or kitchen assistant.
There are several types of chefs. They include Commis Chef, Section Chef, Sous Chef, Head Chef and Executive Head Chef. The higher your position, the more you are paid and the more responsibilities you have. Work hours are demanding, as Chefs may start very early and be the last ones to leave in the nights. As the holidays and public holidays are their most hectic times, they are expected to work then too.
Chefs do not just work in restaurant or hotels. They work in any setting or industry that requires them to prepare food for people. This includes hospitals, canteens, schools, offices, universities, or bars. Some may specialise in the preparation of vegetables, desserts, pastry, sauces, sea food or other meals.
A Chef usually performs many of the following tasks:
• Preparing meals
• Training staff
• Ordering supplies
• Planning menus
• Managing kitchen budget
• Enforcing health and safety regulations
• Preserving food quality
• Recruiting new staff
Overview According to our data, these are the percent of job offers for chef.
Last 12 months
Companies According to our data, by number of offers, these are the top companies that are hiring for chef.
Last 12 monthsMore companies
Job Types According to our data, in percentages, these are the top job types available for chef.
Categories According to our data, by number of offers, these are the most popular categories for chef.
Cities According to our data, by number of offers, these are the top locations to get hired for chef.
Salaries According to our data this is the average salary range offered for chef.
Latest Job Offers
Up to £35,000 per annum + bonus
Maidstone, Kent, South East, UK
South West London, London, South East, UK
£17000 - Plus Tips
Guildford, Surrey, South East, UK
£23000 - Plus Tips and Live In
Ambleside, Cumbria, North West, UK
£22000 - Plus Tips
Saffron Walden, Essex, South East, UK
£18000 - Plus Tips and Live In
Monmouth, Gwent, Wales, UK
£25000 - £27500 per annum + Pension, Life Assurance
Northampton, Northamptonshire, East Midlands, UK
Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, UK
Up to £9.88 per hour
Swindon, Wiltshire, South West, UK
Most Popular Job Searches
- Sous Chef Head Chef
- Relief Chef
- Pub Chef
- Production Chef
- Private Chef
- Vegetarian Chef
- Trainee Chef
- Thai Chef
- Teppanyaki Chef
- Temp Chef
Related Job Descriptions