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


New workers

New workers start around £9,826. Normal pay is £22,530 per year.
Highly experienced workers can earn up to £32,867.

Available jobs

In the past year there were 324,566 vacancies for this type of job


Projected job growth over the next 8 years

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)

  • Control Of Substances Hazardous To Health (COSHH)

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

  • Operations

  • Teamwork

  • Enthusiasm

  • Organizational Skills

  • Leadership

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.