Career outlook for kitchen manager (head chef)
Average UK salary
Currently employed in Scotland
What's it like?
You would lead a team of staff, run a kitchen and make delicious food to serve to customers.
You would use your knowledge and experience of professional cooking to organise and oversee the work of the kitchen staff.
You’d decide which tasks need to be done and share these among the team. You would also be involved in some of the preparation and cooking of food.
You could work in any organisation where there is a restaurant, such as businesses, hospitals, schools and universities. Head chefs who work in schools and hospitals are responsible for making sure that the food they serve is healthy.
- Plan menus
- Make sure food is of the right quality and price
- Make sure food is ready on time
- Manage stocks of food
- Order ingredients from suppliers
- Control the budget and keep accurate records
- Manage health and hygiene procedures
- Organise the staff duty rota
- Recruit, train and develop staff
You’d need to work quickly and calmly when under pressure and deal with unexpected situations.
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