Benefits of Being a Chef

People will always be hungry for good food. Even in hard economic times, the food industry is screaming for more professionals with proper hands-on experience or culinary training. Although being a chef requires a lot of responsibility, it can also be an extremely rewarding and fulfilling career.

Jobs

There are a number of different titles and chef positions, and each have their own place in the kitchen. Hotels usually hire executive chefs, who are essentially the “head chef” of the kitchen. Some companies hire a sous chef, who serves as the “right hand man” of the head or executive chef. Commis or assistant chefs work with a head chef and assist in food preparation and plate presentation. Bakers or pastry chefs, on the other hand, work specifically in the baked goods or dessert section of the kitchen.

Where Can Chefs Work?

  • Hotels
  • Restaurants
  • Cruise Lines
  • Resorts
  • Bars
  • Nightclubs
  • Lounges
  • Country Clubs
  • Schools
  • Private Businesses
  • Prisons
  • Community Centers
  • Cafeterias
  • Fast Food Restaurants
  • Casinos
  • Supermarkets
  • Grocery Stores
  • Cafes
  • Delis
  • Private Homes
  • Convention Centers
  • Spas
  • Corporate Kitchens
  • Studios
  • Royal Kitchens
  • Government Institutions (local, state, and federal)

Acquired Skills

Besides learning how to cook and prepare nearly every type of food, chefs are also responsible for creating and designing new menu items. Chefs become experts at using various types of kitchen equipment, and must understand what a body needs in order to be energized. Chefs are also familiar with the different types of international cuisines and terminologies.

Perks

There are also a lot of perks to being a chef depending on what type of business you work for. You may receive annual bonuses or free drinks and food at work. Other companies offer paid holiday, vacation, and sick leave, or flexible working schedules.

Salaries

The amount of money an average chef makes depends on the type of company they work for, along with annual company sales. Chefs tend to make the most money when they work for hotels, schools, and government institutions. The average executive or head chef could earn between $40,000 and $70,000 a year. An assistant chef, on the other hand, can earn up to $20,000 a year with one year of experience, and $50,000 with over 20 years of experience. Chefs responsible for managing and training other members of staff tend to make more money than assistant chefs.


17 Responses to “Benefits of Being a Chef”

  1. bill Says:

    whatare some negative aspects of being a chef

  2. Richard A. Benson Says:

    I am 56 year of age and I have worked in the food service industry for most of my adult life. I have cooked in restaurants and institutions, and of course, at home. I have a passion for cooking and would like to broaden my knowledge, skill, and marketability. I want to have more control over the food that I cook professionally.

    With limited finances, what can I do to gain more culinary training and experience while I work to support myself?

  3. chidozie Says:

    I am a new culinary student. If i want to critique a resturant, what are the questions i need to ask to achieve a good critique?

  4. falon adams Says:

    what type of equiment does chefs need?

  5. Ronald McGriff Says:

    what are rewards chefs get?

  6. Kobe Berry Says:

    why do chefs wear such big hats

  7. CMB22 Says:

    I wanted to know if you are coming out of high school, and want to become a chief, but have no experience in the restaurant industry what type of training do I need to receive to get where I need to be.

  8. Dalton Says:

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  9. kimberly rivera Says:

    how does being a chef impact your life and what advantages are included in being a chef?

  10. AwesomeSause4321 Says:

    I WANNA BE A PASTRY CHEF SO BADLY AND IM ONLY TWENTY-FOUR YEARS OLD AND I FINISHED COLLAGE!!!! ;(

  11. AesomeSause4321 Says:

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  12. fabian reyes Says:

    im wondering im 14 years old and i like being a chef or cook hard or easy i meaning i always wanted to be a chef and its been my dream. everyone in my family says im really good too. but i cook a little bit of food not a lot. i cook like pancakes and eggs and many more.i wanted to be a chef and cook idk yet but i am going to be a chef or cook.

  13. alexia Says:

    i want to become a chef and im only 12 years old and im really good at cooking and baking im a natural so plz tell me the benefits

  14. MUMSY DUMAKUDE Says:

    I need jod last year I was a chef assistant @ZULUNYALA HOTEL so I really need job please

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  15. troy tucker Says:

    I’ve been a chef for 6 years, I am 23 now. I did an apprenticeship at a Marco Pierre white restaurant, then worked at the Dorchester in London with Alain ducasse for 3 months volunteering, after this I travelled for 4 years around the world cooking in Italy, greece, Spain, Portugal, Tenerife, Asia and then the Midlands. I am now Head Chef of a restaurant in Cheshire.
    You have to be willing to put all of your time, love and passion into it, you will be rewarded but you will only appreciate the reward if you really love it.
    I did a lot of training in pastry and it’s an actual science, but being able to bake bread and make cakes is a great feeling. If you want to get better at cooking its not essential to do culinary school-although you will become a much more disciplined chef, and it has many benefits but essentially practice makes perfect, by some cookbooks, the roux brothers if your into sweets, ottolenghi, oliver etc. Draw inspiration from other chefs.
    Good luck.

  16. Elizabeth Says:

    what if u want to be a top chef in a hotel what do i do????

  17. cheyenne Says:

    i like this site it is very helpful.

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