Executive chef

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How much does an Executive Chef make in the United States?

Average base salary
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4.7k salaries reported, updated at May 21, 2020
$66,792
per year
The average salary for a executive chef is $66,792 per year in the United States.
Most common benefits
  • Paid time off
  • Health insurance
  • Dependent care reimbursement
  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance

What does an Executive Chef do?

An executive chef leads a team of cooks working in a restaurant kitchen. Executive chefs are responsible for managing all activities related to running a kitchen. They work in restaurants of all sizes, from small family-run bistros to massive industrial operations. They plan menus, develop new recipes, supervise kitchen staff, ensure food quality and more. Other names for an executive chef include head chef and chef manager.

Working as an Executive Chef

Executive chefs manage the daily operations within a kitchen environment and supervise the kitchen staff. They also do a variety of administrative activities outside the kitchen. Some of the tasks executive chefs perform include:

  • Hire and train new kitchen staff and coordinate and schedule all kitchen staff activities
  • Create new menus, source food and equipment vendors and purchase items within a set budget
  • Assist with food preparation and inspect the food quality
  • Ensure the kitchen meets all sanitation and health codes and upholds food safety regulations
  • Keep current on food industry trends and share new techniques with the kitchen staff

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Frequently asked questions
Common questions about being an Executive Chef

How many hours do executive chefs work each day?

Executive chefs work as much as 12 hours a day. Many start work early in the morning to oversee the delivery of fresh foods to the kitchen. They often work well into the evening to supervise the dinner service. Executive chefs often work on weekends and public holidays. They may also need to work on-call and after-hours shifts.

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What is it like to work in a kitchen as an executive chef?

The workplace for an executive chef is often hectic and fast-paced as the kitchen staff work to prepare customer orders in a timely fashion.

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Where do executive chefs work?

Most executive chefs work in restaurants. However, many also work for special food services and travel companies.

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What is the job outlook for executive chefs?