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Chefs and Head Cooks

Within 25 miles of ZIP Code 62701

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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.


Currently Employed: 5,040

Projected Annual Job Openings: 730

Typical Hourly Wage: $19.76 - $29.17

Typical Annual Salary: $41,100 - $60,700

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typical training

Typical education needed for entry: High school diploma or equivalent

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: 5 years or more

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: None

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typical job duties

  • Monitor sanitation practices to ensure that employees follow standards and regulations.
  • 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.

tools & technology

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

  • Analytical or scientific software
  • Data base user interface and query software
  • Materials requirements planning logistics and supply chain software
  • Office suite software
  • Spreadsheet software