A chef manager works at a restaurant, cafeteria, catering company, hotel, or any other establishment that serves food. Since this is a management position, past management experience may have to be proven. It is also important to be able to show cooking skills and adequate job experience in the food service field.
The chef manager will also have to take inventory and order supplies when they are low, ensuring that the products received are fresh and of quality. The manager may also have a budget with which to work, so it is important to be able to find the highest quality ingredients at an affordable price. Duties such as scheduling, hiring, and disciplinary actions are also assigned. The chef manager will also often have to carry out cooking duties firsthand, as well as offer help to chefs and other staff whenever it is needed. In some cases, the chef manager will need to arrange the menu offerings and come up with recipes to be cooked in the establishment. Public speaking skills are important, as the chef manager will often have to train staff as to cooking skills and proper habits within the kitchen. The chef manager must make sure that the quality of food is always up to par and that the presentation of the foods is attractive. Strong communication skills are needed in order to successfully direct staff and interact with customers and vendors.
Some jobs do not have minimum educational requirements, though many will prefer someone who has graduated from a culinary school.
Chef Manager Tasks
Estimate food consumption and requisition or purchase food.
Train and manage kitchen personnel and supervise/coordinate all related culinary activities.
Select and develop recipes.
Develop and be accountable for a safety culture that creates a work environment where no one gets hurt.
Standardize production recipes to ensure consistent quality.