19 Sep

Chefs and head cooks oversee the daily food preparation at restaurants and other places where food is served. They direct kitchen staff and handle any food-related concerns.

Duties

Chefs and head cooks typically do the following:

Check freshness of food and ingredients

Supervise and coordinate activities of cooks and other food preparation workers

Develop recipes and determine how to present the food

Plan menus and ensure uniform serving sizes and quality of meals

Inspect supplies, equipment, and work areas for cleanliness and functionality

Hire, train, and supervise cooks and other food preparation workers

Order and maintain the inventory of food and supplies

Monitor sanitation practices and follow kitchen safety standards

Chefs and head cooks use a variety of kitchen and cooking equipment, including step-in coolers, high-quality knives, meat slicers, and grinders. They also have access to large quantities of meats, spices, and produce. Some chefs use scheduling and purchasing software to help them in their administrative tasks.

Some chefs run their own restaurant or catering business. These chefs are often busy with kitchen and office work and have little time to interact with diners

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