Chefs plan and organise the preparation and cooking of food in a number of settings.
Duties & Tasks
Chefs may perform the following tasks:plan menus and determine food and labour costs
recruit and train staff
plan staff rosters and supervise the activities of cooks and assistants
discuss food preparation issues with managers, dietitians and other staff members
order food, kitchen supplies and equipment
demonstrate techniques to cooks and advise on cooking procedures
prepare and cook food
explain and enforce hygiene regulations
freeze and preserve foods.
Chefs may be required to work shifts, including weekends and public holidays, sometimes on a 24-hour rotating roster. The work may be stressful, especially at peak hours of the day.par The range of duties carried out by chefs will vary depending on where they work. In larger establishments, the chef de cuisine or head chef generally does more supervising than cooking. Senior chefs have to attend staff meetings, where they discuss problems related to their areas, and receive or issue instructions to other managerial staff. In small restaurants, the head chef may prepare food, assisted by other cooks or apprentices. As well as expert cooking knowledge, chefs involved in supervision need a general knowledge of the skills and activities of all their workers. Chefs who have management responsibilities may also perform duties such as complaints resolution and maintenance of financial records.
high level of personal cleanliness
able to organise efficient work schedules
good interpersonal, communication and customer service skills
able to work as a leader and as part of a team
able to work under pressure and stay calm in difficult situations.