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Chefs plan menus and prepare, or oversee the preparation of food in hotels, restaurants, clubs, private households and other establishments.

Tasks

  • Requisitions or purchases and examines foodstuffs from suppliers to ensure quality
  • Plans menus, prepares, seasons and cooks foodstuffs or oversees their preparation and monitors the quality of finished dishes
  • Supervises, organises and instructs kitchen staff and manages the whole kitchen or an area of the kitchen
  • Ensures relevant hygiene and health and safety standards are maintained within the kitchen
  • Plans and co-ordinates kitchen work such as fetching, clearing and cleaning of equipment and utensils.

Entry Requirements

There are no formal academic requirements. Training is provided off- and on-the-job. NVQs/ SVQs, BTEC Certificates and Diplomas and foundation degrees are available. Apprenticeships leading to an NVQ/SVQ at Level 3 are also available. Courses are also run by private cookery schools.

What could I earn?

Salaries for this occupation tend to start at £21,000 per annum and can progress up to £24,000 per annum.

Is it in growth or decline?

There are currently 19,493 employed Chefs in the region.

Current Vacancies

Chef
/ ISS / 7 Dec 2021
Chef
/ Jaat Homes Limited / 7 Dec 2021
Chef
/ Newstaff Employment Services Ltd / 7 Dec 2021
Chef
/ Savills Catering Ltd / 7 Dec 2021
Chefs
/ Lyric Hammersmith Theatre / 7 Dec 2021

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