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Executive Chef

Lead a commercial kitchen by managing menus, staff and working closely with restaurant management.

What's it like to be an Executive Chef?

An Executive Chef (sometimes called a Chef de Cuisine) is the leader of a kitchen with regard to managing menus, staff and administration.

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Executive Chefs are the head of the kitchen, which means they have significant planning, administrative and financial responsibilities.

Due to their level of responsibility, many Executive Chefs are not routinely involved in food preparation. Most kitchens either have an Executive Chef or a Head chef, but rarely both.

What can I earn as an Executive Chef?

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How to become an Executive Chef


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To become an Executive Chef in Australia, you usually have to complete an apprenticeship in cooking while also gaining a TAFE qualification in cookery. Employers generally require that you have completed year 10.

  1. Complete an apprenticeship or traineeship. Full-time apprenticeships usually last for 36 months. Concurrently, complete a qualification in cooking, such as a Certificate III in Commercial Cookery (or equivalent).
  2. Once you’ve gained your qualification, ensure you have a food safety supervisor certificate.
  3. Work your way up the kitchen ladder to become a Commis Chef, then Chef de Partie, Sous Chef and then an Executive Chef.

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Certificate III in Commercial Cookery

This certificate gives you the skills to prepare food and menu items and may provide a pathway into roles in cafes and restaurants.
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Latest Executive Chef reviews

Latest reviews from 62 Executive Chefs surveyed on SEEK
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Oct 2018
Executive Chef is an elegant and prestigious job but it needs commitment and passion to be a good one.
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Business
Experience
10+ years
Organisation size
Large (200+ employees)
Specialisation
FOOD AND BEVERAGE DEPARTMENT
The good things
The role of the Executive Chef involves a lot of good things like, culinary exploration and arts, management skills ad financially stable. The job is very rewarding and in demand in all continents and...
The challenges
All the challenges of being an Executive Chef such as your culinary expertise, management skill and human behavior expertise can be attained through persistent and continuous training and education. ...
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Oct 2018
Executive Officer for a not for profit organisation is a rewarding but challenging career
Reviewer's Qualification
Bachelor of Business
Experience
1 – 4 years
Organisation size
Small (1-19 employees)
Specialisation
Event Management
The good things
As Executive Officer for a not-for-profit organization there is a wonderful sense of purpose for doing something for the community. A feeling that you are making a difference to an organizations direc...
The challenges
There are many challenges in the role of Executive Chef. I find that steering a committee of 12 with different personalities and strengths to achieve the one goal is both the major challenge and a sat...
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