Prep Chef Job Description

If you want to hire a Prep Chef to help you with your restaurant, you may not know where to begin. The first step is to understand what a Prep 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 Prep Chef Position

We’re seeking an ambitious and professional Prep Chef to join our team of chefs! As a Prep Chef, you’ll be responsible for the very first steps of providing our guests with delicious meals, prepping ingredients for the head chef while maintaining a neat and clean station.

As the kitchen can get busy, strong communication, organizational, and multitasking skills are a must. The successful candidate will be able to stay cool under pressure.

Prep Chef Responsibilities

  • Maintain your workstation, keeping track of inventory and ensuring that everything is clean and orderly
  • Prepare ingredients that are used on a frequent basis, such as chopping vegetables
  • Cook and plate dishes when directed
  • Distribute plates to waitstaff when ready to be served
  • Assist with washing dishes, taking out trash, and sanitizing equipment
  • Adhere to all safety and health standards required by law 
  • Provide further assistance to the executive chef as directed

Prep Chef Requirements

  • [1+] year experience as a Prep Chef
  • High school diploma or equivalent required
  • Culinary school training desired
  • Working knowledge of restaurant practices and guidelines, including safe knife-handling skills
  • Excellent teamwork and communication skills
  • Superb attention to detail, multitasking, and organizational skills
  • Good manual dexterity
  • Must be able to lift [25+] pounds and stay on your feet for extended periods

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Frequently Asked Questions

What makes a good Prep Chef?

A good Prep Chef can stay calm and collected while working in a busy kitchen, making sure everything is ready to go when the head chef needs it! Whether chopping vegetables or measuring out ingredients, a Prep Chef is an excellent team player.

Who does a Prep Chef report to?

A Prep Chef typically reports to an executive chef or head chef.

What is the salary range for a Prep Chef?

The salary range for a Prep Chef is $28,000 to $42,000.

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