What does a Kitchen Manager do?

As a Kitchen Manager you will manage the back of the house in a fine dining establishment. You will hire and train the kitchen staff and ensure ServSafe protocols are followed. You will be responsible for ordering food and supplies and negotiating with vendors to achieve optimal pricing and meet budgeted costs. You will ensure the food is prepared correctly and quickly. Additionally, you are responsible for maintaining the cleanliness of the kitchen area.

The ideal candidate is a skilled negotiator with a bachelor's degree in hospitality management or related field with 5+ years of experience working in a fine dining restaurant and a ServSafe certification. You must have the flexibility to consistently work weekends, holidays and frequent late nights.

What responsibilities are common for Kitchen Manager jobs?
  • Responsible for hiring all kitchen staff
  • Conduct training on restaurants procedures and expectations
  • Develop schedule for kitchen staff to ensure coverage and maximize operational efficiencies
  • Coordinate with the General Manager and the Chef on the menu offerings
  • Establish relationships with vendors
  • Place food and supply orders as necessary
  • Ensure the kitchen is cleaned and meets all regulations
  • Ensure the food is prepared to order and in a timely manner
What are the typical qualifications for Kitchen Manager jobs?
  • 5+ years of experience working in a fine dining restaurant
  • Valid ServSafe certification
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Ability to effectively communicate with the kitchen staff
  • Superior attention to detail
  • Proficient with budgeting
  • Skilled negotiator
  • Available to work weekends, holidays and frequent late nights
  • Expert in hiring kitchen staff for a fine dining restaurant
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
2.8 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.3 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Kitchen Manager Salaries

Average Base Pay

$46,093 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$34K
Median: $46K
$62K
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Kitchen Manager Career Path

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Kitchen Manager
$46,093/yr
Kitchen Manager Supervisor
$38,626/yr
Kitchen Manager

Years of Experience Distribution

0 - 1
17%
2 - 4
44%
5 - 7
2%
8+
37%
Not including years spent in education and/or training

Kitchen Manager Insights

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Urban Air Trampoline ParkUrban Air Trampoline Park
Kitchen Manager
Oct 16, 2020

“If you have a good franchise Your park leads and managers can make your day great.”

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & RestaurantsCooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants
Executive Kitchen Manager
Aug 6, 2022

“I am challenged on a daily basis and there are a lot of opportunities to grow my career.”

HMSHostHMSHost
Kitchen Manager
Jul 16, 2021

“Diversified place to work and friendly”

ChipotleChipotle
Kitchen Manager
Jun 9, 2022

“Good and fun people to work with”

State of WyomingState of Wyoming
Kitchen Supervisor
Jan 23, 2021

“Great leaders and team ethic motivated.”

Tacos 'N' FrankiesTacos 'N' Frankies
Kitchen Manager
Jan 31, 2022

“The pay was decent but not livable”

ChipotleChipotle
Kitchen Manager
Jan 28, 2021

“Good pay – started at $11/hour and worked my way up to $14”

SkinnyFATSSkinnyFATS
Kitchen Manager
May 4, 2021

“I was overwhelmed and overworked”

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Kitchen Manager Interviews

Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a Kitchen Manager

When working as a Kitchen Manager, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Dexterity, Time Management, English Language, Positive Attitude and Irish.

The most similar professions to Kitchen Manager are:
  • Store Manager
  • Restaurant Manager
  • Chef
  • Executive Chef

The most common qualifications to become a Kitchen Manager is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.

Related Careers

Store Manager
$52,379
No skills overlap
Restaurant Manager
$48,573
Chef
$52,213
25% skills overlap
Executive Chef
$72,187

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