The average salary for a Head Chef in United Kingdom is £26,741.
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Job Description for Head Chef
Head chefs work in restaurants, cafeterias, catering companies, bakeries, and many other other places which serve food. These chefs are generally expected to specialize in the particular cuisines served by their employers in order to prepare and cook food, often with the help of other chefs, and present it in an attractive manner. In some positions, head chefs may also be responsible for creating and modifying the menu or setting prices for selections. Some employers prefer that their head chef…Read more
Head Chef Tasks
- Manage kitchen operation including food purchases and preparation, record keeping, quality standards, and sanitation.
- Train employees in cooking methods, plate presentations, portions, and cost control.
The top respondents for the job title Head Chef are from the companies Marstons PLC, Compass Group and Care UK Plc. Reported salaries are highest at Marstons PLC where the average pay is £26,500. Care UK Plc pays the lowest at around £23,300.
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Popular Skills for Head Chef
Skills that pay less than market rate include Order Inventory, Budget Management, People Management, Menu Planning and Food Preparation.
Pay by Experience Level for Head Chef
An entry-level Head Chef with less than 1 year experience can expect to earn an average total compensation (includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay) of £20,818 based on 53 salaries. An early career Head Chef with 1-4 years of experience earns an average total compensation of £24,538 based on 336 salaries. A mid-career Head Chef with 5-9 years of experience earns an average total compensation of £25,708 based on 493 salaries. An experienced Head Chef with 10-19 years of experience earns an average total compensation of £27,848 based on 617 salaries. In their late career (20 years and higher), employees earn an average total compensation of £28,924.
Pay Difference by Location
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Employees with Head Chef in their job title in London, England: London earn an average of 19.9% more than the national average. These job titles also find higher than average salaries in Belfast, Northern Ireland: Belfast (7.5% more) and Edinburgh, Scotland: Edinburgh (7.2% more). The lowest salaries can be found in Manchester, England: Manchester (10.2% less), Glasgow, Scotland: Glasgow (8.4% less) and Bristol, England: Bristol (4.7% less).
Years of Experience
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