Head Chef Job Description

If you want to hire a Head Chef to help you with your restaurant, you may not know where to begin. The first step is to understand what a Head Chef does and what tasks can be delegated. This article explains those tasks and will help you in your search for the right staff member.

About the Head Chef Position

We’re seeking a passionate and competent Head Chef to join our team. As a Head Chef with [restaurant], you’ll be responsible for overseeing everything that goes on in the kitchen! 

As our Head Chef, you'll be responsible for many tasks, from ensuring high-quality dishes are served to patrons to managing the kitchen’s budget. You’ll need excellent organizational skills and the ability to remain calm under pressure.

Head Chef Responsibilities

  • Oversee kitchen operations, including food prep, cooking, and cleanup
  • Manage kitchen staff by delegating tasks
  • Hire and train all kitchen staff members
  • Ensure all kitchen staff adhere to food safety and hygiene guidelines
  • Create menus that appeal to customers, including special seasonal menus
  • Work alongside restaurant management to price menu items
  • Provide feedback on food preparation and presentation
  • Inspect food items to ensure quality
  • Monitor inventory and workshop ways to reduce food spoilage
  • Inspect and maintain kitchen equipment, scheduling repairs when required
  • Collaborate with restaurant management to ensure goals are being met

Head Chef Requirements

  • [2+] years experience as a Head Chef
  • Degree in culinary arts preferred
  • Licensure from the FDA as applicable
  • Excellent multitasking, communication, and organizational skills
  • Superb attention to detail
  • Strong creativity when creating menus
  • Budget management skills
  • Ability to remain calm under pressure

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Frequently Asked Questions

What makes a good Head Chef?

A good Head Chef is an excellent multitasker who can remain calm under pressure while overseeing all the moving parts of a kitchen. In addition to having strong culinary skills, a business-oriented mindset is a must!

Who does a Head Chef report to?

A Head Chef typically reports to a restaurant manager, although they’ll sometimes report to an Executive Chef.

What is the salary range for a Head Chef?

The salary range for a Head Chef is $45,000 to $75,000.

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