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What Is a Chef Manager and How to Become One

What Is a Chef Manager?

A chef manager is a supervisor in the kitchen area of a restaurant. As a chef manager, you are responsible for helping the kitchen staff perform efficiently. Your duties include establishing standard menu options and recipes, ordering the food and supplies necessary to make these dishes, and overseeing kitchen and line staff by hiring, firing, and training team members as required. Qualifications for this career include extensive kitchen experience and leadership skills.

How to Become a Chef Manager

The primary qualifications for getting a job as a chef manager include a culinary degree and some experience as a chef or line cook. This is primarily a managerial role, but chef managers occasionally step in to help if kitchen staff are overwhelmed by orders. Professional cooking skills are essential for this role. Aside from leadership skills, you also need budgeting skills and the ability to multitask in an extremely time-sensitive environment to succeed in this job. If you want to continue your career to this level, consider acquiring industry licenses and certifications that can help you stand out from other would-be managers.

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