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Chefs may do some or all of the following

  • prepare and cook food according to customers' orders
  • arrange food on plates
  • design, plan and price menus
  • train and supervise staff
  • keep work areas clean and tidy
  • buy food supplies and cooking equipment
  • supervise cleaning and dishwashing
  • keep records of supplies.

Chefs need to have

  • food preparation, cooking and food presentation skills
  • knowledge of budgeting, stock management and how to price and set up a menu
  • understanding of hygiene and health and safety regulations
  • knowledge of new developments in food nutrition, food technology and cooking methods
  • planning skills, good communication and people management skills.

Chefs need to be

  • creative and open-minded
  • able to follow instructions
  • willing to learn new cooking methods, recipes and menus
  • reliable
  • able to work well under pressure
  • organised, quick and efficient, while still being patient and careful.
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