Chefs and Head Cooks

Oversee the daily food prepation at restaurants and other places where food is serve, they direct kitchen staff and handle any food related concerns

Work Enviroment

Work in restaurants, private households and other establishments where food is served, they often work early mornings,late evenings, weekends and holidays. The work can be hectic and fast paced, most chefs and head cooks work full time

How to become a chef or head cook

Most chef learn their skills through work experience other receive training at a community college, technical school, culinary school or a 4 year college. A small number learn through apprenticeship programs or in the armed forces.


The median annual wage for chefs and head cooks was 42,480 in May 2012

Job Outlook

Employment of chefs and head cooks is projected to grow 5 percent from 2012 to 2022, slower than the average for all occupations. Candidates can expect strong competition for jobs at upscale restaurants, hotels and casinos, where the pay is typically highest