What does an Executive Chef do?

An executive chef is responsible for all of the food coming out of the kitchen. They are responsible for ensuring that the food comes out of the kitchen in a timely manner. A few of the main duties of an executive chef are monitoring the quality of the food, following all food safety regulations, creating new food entrees, and coordinating the entire kitchen. They also have to hire and train new kitchen staff. Some of the jobs titles that an executive chef could grow into are head chef and restaurant manager.

An executive chef should have five years of experience in the culinary field as well as a bachelor's degree in the culinary arts. One of the most important skills that an executive chef will have is the ability to manage a kitchen. Another skill is creativity as the executive chef will need to be able to create dishes that wow customers.

  • Create new entrees for the menu
  • Ensure all food safety regulations are followed
  • Inspect the quality of the food
  • Be aware of new culinary trends and recipes
  • Coordinate all of the kitchen staff
  • Hire and train new kitchen staff
  • Manage special dietary needs
  • Oversee purchasing to stay within certain budget
  • Bachelor's degree in the culinary arts
  • Ability to manage an entire kitchen
  • Budgeting skills to control costs
  • Incredible food preparation abilities
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks at once
  • Deep knowledge of the food industry and trends
  • Incredible time management skills
  • Ability to pass a background test
  • Ability to create new menu items

Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
2 - 4
5 - 7

Common Skill Sets

Microsoft Office Suite
Operating Systems
POS Systems

Executive Chef Seniority Levels

Head Chef
Executive Chef
Chief Chef
Line Cook
40% made the transition
36% made the transition
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Executive Chef Salaries

Average Base Pay

$51,567 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $52K
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