Path to Being a Head Chef

As head chef, you manage the restaurant alongside the owner.

As head chef, you manage the restaurant alongside the owner.

Believe it or not, you can’t just walk into a kitchen and start as a head chef. The head chef, also referred to as the executive chef and chef de cuisine, is the boss of the kitchen -- and naturally, that’s a spot you have to earn. To be an executive chef, you not only need the experience and training, but the right attitude and skills to run your kitchen staff and turn out a superb menu each time.

Your Role in the Kitchen

Education

Experience and Training

Certification

Personal Skills

2016 Salary Information for Chefs and Head Cooks

 

About the Author

Shailynn Krow began writing professionally in 2002. She has contributed articles on food, weddings, travel, human resources/management and parenting to numerous online and offline publications. Krow holds a Bachelor of Science in psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles and an Associate of Science in pastry arts from the International Culinary Institute of America.

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