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Chefs and Head Cooks

Direct and may participate in the preparation, seasoning, and cooking of salads, soups, fish, meats, vegetables, desserts, or other foods. May plan and price menu items, order supplies, and keep records and accounts.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Check the quality of raw or cooked food products to ensure that standards are met.
    • Estimate amounts and costs of required supplies, such as food and ingredients.
    • Instruct cooks or other workers in the preparation, cooking, garnishing, or presentation of food.
    • Supervise or coordinate activities of cooks or workers engaged in food preparation.
    • Inspect supplies, equipment, or work areas to ensure conformance to established standards.
    • Order or requisition food or other supplies needed to ensure efficient operation.
    • Determine production schedules and staff requirements necessary to ensure timely delivery of services.
    • Check the quantity and quality of received products.
    • Determine how food should be presented and create decorative food displays.
    • Plan, direct, or supervise food preparation or cooking activities of multiple kitchens or restaurants in an establishment such as a restaurant chain, hospital, or hotel.
    • Coordinate planning, budgeting, or purchasing for all the food operations within establishments such as clubs, hotels, or restaurant chains.
    • Analyze recipes to assign prices to menu items, based on food, labor, and overhead costs.
    • Prepare and cook foods of all types, either on a regular basis or for special guests or functions.
    • Meet with sales representatives to negotiate prices or order supplies.
    • Recruit and hire staff, such as cooks and other kitchen workers.
    • Collaborate with other personnel to plan and develop recipes or menus, taking into account such factors as seasonal availability of ingredients or the likely number of customers.
    • Demonstrate new cooking techniques or equipment to staff.
    • Arrange for equipment purchases or repairs.
    • Meet with customers to discuss menus for special occasions, such as weddings, parties, or banquets.
    • Record production or operational data on specified forms.

    Skills

    • Coordination

      Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

    • Monitoring

      Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

    • Speaking

      Talking to others to convey information effectively.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    3

    Abilities

    • Deductive Reasoning

      The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    Knowledge

    • Food Production

      Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.

    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

    • Administration and Management

      Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 46840/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 22.52/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 4,660
    • Yearly Projected Openings 650

    Typical Education

    Personality

    Enterprising: People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Dependability
    • Initiative
    • Adaptability/Flexibility
    • Leadership
    • Stress Tolerance
    • Attention to Detail

    Tools

    • Domestic kitchen or food thermometers
    • Commercial use ranges
    • Commercial use graters
    • Commercial use food slicers
    • Commercial use cutlery

    Technology

    • Spreadsheet software
    • Electronic mail software
    • Desktop publishing software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Analytical or scientific software

    Tags

    • InDemand occupations are considered a priority by the state of Ohio.
    • Bright Outlook occupations will grow rapidly in the next few years, have a large number of openings, or are new and emerging careers.
    • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.

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