Cris Rivas



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


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


  • TV Chef
  • Private Chef
  • Pastry Chef