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 costsrecruit and train staffplan staff rosters and supervise the activities of cooks and assistantsdiscuss food preparation issues with managers, dietitians and other staff membersorder food, kitchen supplies and equipmentdemonstrate techniques to cooks and advise on cooking proceduresprepare and cook foodexplain and enforce hygiene regulationsfreeze 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 enjoy cooking 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 punctuality able to work under pressure and stay calm in difficult situations.