Assisted in the preparation of the club’s annual food and beverage budget and financial goals
Built a team of 12 kitchen associates that were fully trained for their jobs and aware of the club’s goals
Held all kitchen associates accountable for reaching their monthly and annual financial goals
Performed an accurate inventory count each month and possessed a firm understanding of the cost of goods sold
Operated the kitchen within the budgeted payroll and made adjustments to it as sales fluctuated
Planned the schedules for all 37 kitchen employees
Planned all menus with the club’s Executive Chef
Developed standards to ensure consistency in food taste and presentation
Ensured that all restaurant staff were familiar with the key ingredients, preparation, and taste of all menu items
Maintained responsibility for the hiring, training, and proficiency of employees in kitchen department
Created 16 new dishes for the Winter Banquet, utilizing in-season winter greens and holiday meats
Designed 7 new desserts per customers’ requests
Junior Level Work Experience as a Chef
Prepared healthy and clean meals using organic foods
Prepared foods based around specific diets (e.g., gluten free, vegan, etc.)
Kept up-to-date on the latest culinary trends and fads
Experienced with planning menus for principals, children and events
Created lists and ordered and shopped for fresh foods
Properly stored ingredients and leftovers
Coordinated cooking and serving times with principals, children and domestic employees
Cleaned and tidied kitchen after each use
Maintained all kitchen equipment to ensure cleanliness and efficiency
Created 3 new dinner dishes, receiving an award for creativity and menu planning
Designed a full 7-course menu for post-theater celebration party
How to List Your Skills as a Chef
Chefs are the kings of their kitchen, and therefore they need to have good communication skills in order to keep the operations going. Chefs must also be creative with dishes, efficient at recording inventory, and punctual about fulfilling orders.
Keen Sense of Taste and Smell
How to List Your Education as a Chef
Chefs require a high school diploma or GED. Those looking to specialize in a certain cuisine or work for a high-end establishment should pursue a college degree or a program in culinary school. However, most chefs learn their skills on the job.
Requirements for licensure vary by state but generally involve the following:
High School Diploma or GED
5+ years experience in a restaurant or similar setting
Certifications are not necessary, but the American Culinary Federation (ACF) Certification is the only culinary credential program within the US. The ACF indicates a level of preparedness, education and work experience that is highly valued within the culinary industry.
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Chef Career Overview
The job outlook for Chefs is growing at 11% per year, which is considered to be much faster than average. In 2018 there were 139,000 jobs available.
Chefs make $51,530 per year on average. However, salaries could be as high as $86,990 depending on experience and location.
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