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.
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
- 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).
- Once you’ve gained your qualification, ensure you have a food safety supervisor certificate.
- 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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