Chefs plan menus and prepare, or oversee the preparation of food in hotels, restaurants, clubs, private households and other establishments.


New workers
£ 9,319
£ 21,091
£ 30,786

Available jobs

In the past year there were 310,317 vacancies for this type of job

Related courses

People work towards these careers by taking these courses at college and uni.

What they do most days?

  • Plans and co-ordinates kitchen work such as fetching, clearing and cleaning of equipment and utensils.

  • Ensures relevant hygiene and health and safety standards are maintained within the kitchen.

  • Supervises, organises and instructs kitchen staff and manages the whole kitchen or an area of the kitchen.

  • Plans menus, prepares, seasons and cooks foodstuffs or oversees their preparation and monitors the quality of finished dishes.

  • Requisitions or purchases and examines foodstuffs from suppliers to ensure quality.

Hard Skills

Hard skills are specific, learnable, measurable, often industry or occupation-specific abilities related to a position.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Cooking

  • Food Safety And Sanitation

  • Restaurant Operation

  • Food Preparation

  • Stock Control

  • Menu Planning

  • Grilling

  • Food Services

  • Hazard Analysis And Critical Control Points (HACCP)

  • Food Quality Assurance And Control

Soft Skills

Soft skills can be self-taught and usually do not necessitate a certain completed level of education.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Communication

  • Management

  • Cleanliness

  • Customer Service

  • Detail Oriented

  • Teamwork

  • Operations

  • Organizational Skills

  • Enthusiasm

  • Training And Development

How do I get a job like this?

People in these types of job started their career paths after studying courses like the ones below.