How to Become an Executive Chef

Step 1: Understand the job description and responsibilities of an Executive Chef

What does an Executive Chef do?

AN Executive Chef directs and oversees the operations of the kitchen(s), including menu development, inventory and purchasing of supplies, cost control and sanitation. Creates and updates menus to maximize profits and minimize loss. Being an Executive Chef tests and develops recipes. Monitors customer satisfaction. Additionally, Executive Chef is responsible for supervising and training staff. Requires an understanding of federal, state, and local food sanitation regulations. Requires a bachelor's degree. Typically reports to top management. The Executive Chef typically manages through subordinate managers and professionals in larger groups of moderate complexity. Provides input to strategic decisions that affect the functional area of responsibility. May give input into developing the budget. To be an Executive Chef typically requires 3+ years of managerial experience. Capable of resolving escalated issues arising from operations and requiring coordination with other departments.

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An executive chef, also called the chef de cuisine or head cook, runs the kitchen in a restaurant, country club, hotel or cruise ship.

12/19/2019: Utica, NY

An executive chef, also called the chef de cuisine or head cook, runs the kitchen in a restaurant, country club, hotel or cruise ship.

11/28/2019: Hartford, CT

The duties of an executive chef include training staff, maintaining quality, assigning tasks, ordering supplies and planning meals.

12/20/2019: Savannah, GA

The duties of an executive chef include training staff, maintaining quality, assigning tasks, ordering supplies and planning meals.

02/02/2020: Altoona, PA

Typically, an executive chef's day begins with menu planning.

02/20/2020: Cleveland, OH
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Step 2: Learn best tips to become an Executive Chef

Best tips for those who want to become an Executive Chef

Here are some tips to become an Executive Chef.

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Learn how to effectively motivate and challenge people to give their best, since you will be in charge of hiring and supervising the entire kitchen staff.  Your particular personality will draw or repel people to work for you.

12/31/2019: Riverside, CA

“It’s about who you are in the process,”.

02/02/2020: Buffalo, NY

Become a good shopper – be aware of how to get the very best and freshest ingredients for your money.  As exec chef, you will buy the equipment, food and supplies that your crew will use to prepare all the meals for the customers.

11/09/2019: Monterey, CA

Move things around and play with indirect heat.

12/26/2019: Waterloo, IA

Develop the skill to plan appealing and tasty menus.

11/24/2019: Moline, IL
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Step 3: View best colleges and universities for Executive Chef

Best colleges and universities for Executive Chef

  • Calvin University
  • Colby-Sawyer College
  • Augustana University
  • University of South Carolina--Upstate
  • New York University
  • CUNY--Queens College

Step 4: Think about whether is it worth to be an Executive Chef

Is being an Executive Chef Worth it?

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Executive Chef Masanori Tomikawa manages two Japanese restaurants, which are located under the roof of Hotel Okura Amsterdam, Yamazato Restaurant and Teppanyaki Restaurant Sazanka.

02/13/2020: Huntsville, AL

In short, whether you are a frequent visitor of the Front Porch or you’ve never been, you will be thrilled by Chef Jason and his original, farm-fresh, southern-inspired menu.

10/09/2019: Duluth, MN

You have not appointed directly as an Executive Chef of Yamazato Restaurant, your success is the result of many years of work and experience.

01/10/2020: Greenville, MS

Chef Massi alongside F&B Director Matt Salcedo now oversees the operations of the hotel's five dining outlets namely, Food Exchange Manila, Gourmet Bar by Novotel, Sabor Bar de Vinos, Indulge Gelato, and the 6th Pool Bar and Lounge, plus all events and meetings banquet requirements.

12/01/2019: Virginia Beach, VA

The first years were hard, as the Japanese chefs found a food culture that was rather different than they had been accustomed to.

01/31/2020: Canton, OH
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Step 5: Prepare relevant skills for being an Executive Chef

What skills do you need to be an Executive Chef?

Management is no easy task, and as such, the skill requirements for these types of roles vary greatly.  Chief skills for this role are: Food Inventory Maintenance, Food Inventory Recordkeeping, Food Prep Tools and Equipment, Food Preparation, Food Quality Inspection, Food Safety Procedures, Operations Management, Kitchen Operations, Menu Development.  Expertise in these areas will help you land this, or a similar role.

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We ranked the top skills based on the percentage of Executive Chef resumes they appeared on.

01/06/2020: Sarasota, FL

A passionate ACF certified Executive Chef with 8 years of culinary experience seeks the opportunity to join GMA Resorts International as Director of Kitchens-Executive Chef.

11/29/2019: Lima, OH

Let's find out what skills a Executive Chef actually needs in order to be successful in the workplace.

02/22/2020: Macon, GA

Your Executive Chef skills list shouldn’t be all about cooking.

12/20/2019: Evansville, IN

It takes more than just culinary experience and expertise to become an in-demand chef.

10/07/2019: Gary, IN
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Step 6: View average salary for Executive Chef

How much does an Executive Chef make?

The average salary range for an Executive Chef is from $60,452 to $85,779. The salary will change depending on your location, job level, experience, education, and skills.

Salary range for an Executive Chef
$60,452 to $85,779

Step 7: Find relevant Executive Chef jobs, and apply.

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Step 8: Explore Career Path of Executive Chef