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Chefs have the job of preparing, cooking and plating up food for customers.

Chefs work in kitchens that can be found in:

  • Restaurants
  • Pubs
  • Bars
  • Hotels
  • Hospitals
  • Schools/ colleges
  • Ships
  • The military
  • Private catering events

There are a few types of chef jobs. These are:

  • Apprentice/ trainee chef. This can also be called a commis chef.
  • Section chef. This can also be called a chef de partie.
  • Sous chef. This is the second-in-command chef.
  • Head chef. This can also be called an executive chef or a chef du cuisine.

Each of these types of chef jobs have different tasks. You can read up on what different chef jobs are here.

In general, a chef job may involve:

  • Planning menus
  • Ordering and quality controlling ingredients and kitchen equipment
  • Managing budgets
  • Prepping meat and fish for cooking
  • Cleaning and prepping other ingredients for cooking
  • Cooking food under time pressure
  • Plating up and presenting food
  • Maintaining hygiene, health and safety and licensing laws
  • Working as part of a kitchen team

Chef work is physical. You may spend a lot of time on your feet.

You may have to work early mornings, late nights, weekends and bank holidays.

If you want to apply for a chef job, you might need the following:

  • Kitchen experience and training
  • The right to work in the UK

Qualifications aren’t essential, but can help. These can include a degree, a college diploma or an apprenticeship.

You can be promoted to a junior chef job from a kitchen assistant job.

Where are the best chefs jobs?

  1. 1= Wagamama
  2. 1= NHS
  3. 3 TGI Fridays
  4. 4 Aramark
  5. 5= The Restaurant Group
  6. 5= Prezzo
  7. 7= CH&CO
  8. 7= Greene King
  9. 7= Bupa
  10. 10= Compass Group
  11. 10= Mitchells & Butlers
  12. 10= Pizza Express

Handy to know about chefs

How much do chefs earn per hour?


From 343 chefs

How much notice do people get of their shifts?

51% report getting one week notice or less
22% report getting two weeks notice
9% report getting three weeks notice
14% report getting four weeks notice or more
3% report having a fixed rota

Based on 434 chefs

How often do people get paid?

29% of people report they get paid weekly
5% of people report they get paid every two weeks
24% of people report they get paid every four weeks
42% of people report they get paid monthly

Based on 443 chefs

How are people paid?

by the hour
an annual salary

Based on 482 chefs

What contracts are people on?

16% report having zero hours contracts
5% report having low hours contracts (less than 16 hours)
32% report having part time contracts (16-35 hours)
48% report having full time contracts (more than 35 hours)

Based on 341 chefs

Who’s hiring chefs?

  1. 21 recent jobs

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