The food industry is thriving. However there is often a long road to travel before you get the head chef job. Nevertheless, it’s worth remembering that whatever stage you’re at there’s always something you can do right now to help improve your head chef job prospects.
1. Make sure you understand the basic requirements
Some restaurants will recruit a head chef on the basis of a top-class CV full of exceptional experience. Others will look for qualifications too. It’s worth finding out what the requirements are likely to be for the kind of restaurant you want to work in so that you can tailor the qualifications and experience you get between now and then to give you the best chance of becoming a head chef.
2. Think about the role of the head chef
From menu planning and creating dishes through to controlling budgets and taking ultimate responsibility for managing food stock, the head chef role is incredibly varied. As well as ensuring that plates are consistently excellent in terms of taste and flavor, you’ll also need to be able to manage a team. Create a picture of what a head chef role looks like to you and then make it a priority to start getting some experience in every area.
3. Take a course in stress management
The head chef role is probably the most stressful in the kitchen. You have ultimate responsibility for everything, from the food to the health and happiness of your team. Learning how to cope with stress, manage your emotions and get the job done without taking difficulties out on others is vital.
4. Learn from the best
If there is a head chef you admire above all others then try to get a position in their kitchen. There is no substitute for inspiration when it comes to being motivated to climb up the chef career ladder – and working in the same kitchen as someone you want to be like is the best inspiration there is.