What does a Chef do?
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A chef oversee the the kitchen to include the menu planning, pricing, food preparation, supplies, quality of service, safety, and staff. They ensure the meals are cooked and seasoned properly and that they are pleasing to the eye. Pay varies greatly depending on the location and nicer or more upscale restaurants generally pay the most.
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How to Become a Chef
A chef generally has a 4 year college degree, but many employers are now accepting applicants from community colleges, culinary art schools, or technical schools. The Armed Forces have apprenticeships as well. You can still be called a chef without a formal education, but you would have years of experience in the restaurant industry.
A culinary education can be vital as being a chef means you can run a restaurant down to training any cook staff, purchase the food you’ll need to cook with, create the menu, and price your menu items.
Job Description of a Chef
A chef is in charge of the kitchen in restaurants or other places where food is served. They watch all activity and food preparation with any staff that would assist in the kitchen. They supervise the preparation of food for it’s garnishing and presentation, as well as, the seasonings for a perfect taste. A chef orders food or kitchen supplies and provides cost estimates to the employer. They monitor any staff requirements and production schedules to be sure any services are delivered on time. A chef or head cook needs to have knowledge of food preparation, production and processing. They need to have knowledge of customer and personal service in order to achieve customer satisfaction. They need to be current on public safety and security.
A chef should be skilled in monitoring, coordination and effectively speaking to others. They need skills of time management, active listening, judgement and decision making. He or she has the ability to create an idea or new application to enhance job performance among staff or themselves.
A chef would coach and develop other staff in the kitchen to improve their skills. Because a kitchen depends on a cooperative team effort, the chef or head cook would encourage staff to have mutual respect and trust for each other. A chef or head cook can be found working in restaurants, private households, hotels, casinos or other food service places. They work a variety of hours, such as, early morning, late evenings, holidays and week-ends. This occupation is very fast-paced and normally has full-time hours. You should expect strong competition especially at upscale restaurants, casinos, or hotels because of the higher salary paid in these places.
Chef Career Video Transcript
My main responsibility as executive chef of the white house is taking care of the first family foremost and all just their daily meals and of course if they have any social functions or state dinners, or any kind of entertaining, we take care of everything in the kitchen. Definitely, it’s high pressure because first and foremost it’s only for the President of the United States so, and also like the visiting countries and the visiting heads of state because you want to respect their traditions you want to respect their protocol, dietary restrictions, so there’s a lot of things to learn. We have harvested so much in that little garden and in the span of like two and a half years. I mean there’s like 300 at least pounds of produce that we have harvested throughout the years. These are actual Italian egg plant that came from the garden. Egg plant is such a wonderful staple, and then what I did earlier is just grilled this until it’s charred and what it does, it really just, you know it’s easy to peel but then at the same time it gives it gives it a wonderful flavor. I didn’t know that I wanted to be a chef growing up, it’s definitely not on my top list. I didn’t know that I wanted to be a chef growing up, it’s definitely not
on my top list. But I think the more that I worked with food and I always have helped my mom cook for a family of eleven, it’s a huge family so everyday it’s like a banquet in our house but not thinking that’s what I’m really gearing up for. If you really make food yourself you can control the taste, you can control the fat that’s in there, you can control the salt, you can control the sugar and at the end of the day, it’s very rewarding because it’s your own
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