Jobs and Careers Autumn 2017 - 91
Working in restaurants, hotels, pubs and
other establishments, chefs not only cook
and present meals in attractive ways, but
also prepare ingredients, control stock and
create menus. Knowledge of hygiene
practices, health and safety rules, and
allergens are essential.
What skills do I need? People enter the
profession in different ways - through
on-the-job training, accredited diploma
courses or apprenticeships. You'll need good
organisational skills and the ability to stay
calm under pressure. You also need to be
physically fit as the work is demanding and
kitchens are hot, humid and busy.
How can I progress? You can advance to
station chef (also known as section chef),
sous chef or head chef. You can also move
into management or training.
How much can I earn? Salaries start at
£13,000 for a trainee, rising to £25,000 for
a station chef, and £50,000 for a head chef.
Shifts can be unsociable.
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