What does a Chef do?

Chefs can be found at the heart of every kitchen. Chefs can be employed by restaurants, hospitals, schools, office complexes, private person or any other place that has a kitchen. A Chef is responsible for the preparation of a wide variety of cuisines. Some Chefs specialize in a particular area of the food industry, and some adopt a variety of styles. The goal of any Chef is to prepare food that is tasty and people enjoy eating

There are no specific education requirements to hold a position as a Chef. A person's experience and quality of cooking are enough to land a job at most establishments. For higher-profile employment, a degree in culinary arts is highly preferred. These degrees are obtained from local colleges, vocational institutions or dedicated culinary arts schools. Working as a chef can be a high-pressure career. Possessing good organizational and time management skills will ensure success in this field.

  • Collaborate with kitchen management on menu items
  • Attend all staff meetings
  • Prep kitchen before meal times
  • Prepare menu items as ordered
  • Ensure proper preparation of all food to be served
  • Assist head chef with large projects when requested
  • Maintain a clean kitchen at all times
  • Work in a safe and efficient manner
  • Degree in the Culinary Arts (preferred)
  • 3+ years in a kitchen environment
  • Understanding of different culinary profiles and techniques
  • Capable of following instructions without variation
  • Ability to regularly lift 35 lbs
  • A desire to learn new flavors and techniques
  • The capability to work safely, efficiently and neatly
  • Willingness to work nights and weekends
  • Comfortable working long shifts of up to 12 hrs
EducationAssociate's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.3 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.5 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Chef Salaries

Average Base Pay

$50,930 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$32K
Median: $51K
$82K
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Chef Career Path

Learn how to become a Chef, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

L2
Chef
$50,930/yr
L4
Lead Chef
$54,023/yr
L7
Head Chef
$54,192/yr
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Chef Insights

Read what Chef professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Cescaphe Event GroupCescaphe Event Group
Event Chef Manager
Apr. 8, 2021

“There wasn't any downs working here it was a great opportunity for me and i learned a lot”

Orange Tiger Hospitality
Executive Chef
Nov. 17, 2019

“Very good management and definitely one of the best places to work specially Thanks for Abhijeet sir and Hr Swati.”

LevyLevy
Corporate Executive Chef
Nov. 20, 2021

“The pay is really good for what you're doing and you work with some amazing people.”

Danesfield House Hotel and Spa
Head Chef
Oct. 8, 2021

“Poor rates of pay for more junior staff for what is ultimately and ‘out of the way’ hotel.”

Union Square Hospitality GroupUnion Square Hospitality Group
Sous Chef
Nov. 11, 2021

“Work and life balance is the best I ever had in all my years in the industry.”

Duck & WaffleDuck & Waffle
Chef
Mar. 10, 2020

“Pay is ok but NOT WORTH the trauma I experienced working for this awful restaurant.”

Mitchells & ButlersMitchells & Butlers
Chef
Jun. 3, 2020

“Good online learning system which is giving a very good way to progress depends on individual skills.”

Bento Asian Kitchen + SushiBento Asian Kitchen + Sushi
Sushi Chef
Nov. 3, 2021

“Although the pay is good it isn't even worth it because nobody gets enough hours.”

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