Chef

Cris Rivas

CAREER DETAILS

Duties/Responsibilities:

Direct and may participate in the preparation, seasoning, and cooking of salads, soups, fish, meats, vegetables, desserts, or other foods. May plan and price menu items, order supplies, and keep records and accounts

Average Hours/Working Schedule/Working Locations:


Restaurant: 7 days a week, 12-14 hours a day


Cooking for Hotels: 5 days a week, 40-50 hours a week


Catering Company: Vary depending on the type of catering company and amount of functions there are


Retail Food Service Jobs: 7 days a week, 9 hours a day


Civil/Public Services: Will work certain days and get days off. Need to work any day. 8-12 hours a day


Working as a Private Chef: On call 24 hours a day. Working for one family


TV Chef: Average day shooting will be around 12 hours, but will not be cooking the entire time. Some shoots may vary for 30 minutes to 1 hour


Salary/Wage Potential: $34,000-85,000+ annually depending on the type of chef





Education Needed

Formal Training Programs: Offered by community colleges, universities, and culinary institutes. Some chefs complete certificate programs that lasts a few months, while others earn 2-year associate's or 4 year bachelor's degree.


Interested Colleges:

  • Kendall College
  • Art Institute of Chicago
  • Triton

SKILLS REQUIRED

  • Time Management
  • Monitoring
  • Management of Personnel Resources
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Listening
  • Judgement and Decision Making
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Speaking
  • Coordination
  • Active Learning

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