Executive chef

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How to become an Executive Chef

While there are no specific requirements to become an executive chef, some steps could include the following:

  1. Obtain a bachelor's degree in culinary arts or a related hospitality program.
  2. Find a job working in an entry-level cook position in a kitchen.
  3. Get at least five to seven years of experience working as a senior chef.
  4. Keep up to date on the latest food regulations, cooking trends and restaurant best practices.

What skills help Executive Chefs find jobs?

  • Culinary Experience
  • Cooking Experience
  • Restaurant Experience
  • Kitchen Management Experience
  • Kitchen Experience
  • Leadership Experience
  • Management Experience
  • Catering Experience
  • Mentoring
  • P&L Management
  • Food Production Experience

Career progression for Executive Chef

Education levels for Executive Chefs

1%29%31%39%Master's DegreeHigh School Diploma or GEDBachelor's DegreeAssociate's Degree

Based on the requirements of Executive Chef job openings on Indeed in the United States within the last three years.

Expected salary by experience

0-44-88-1212-1616-2020-24Years of experience49k53k57k61k65kAnnual salary in USD

Based on resume data from Indeed users who reported working as an Executive Chef in the United States within the last three years.

Common qualifications for Executive Chefs

  • ServSafe
  • Food Safety Certification
  • Food Handler Certification
  • Driver's License
  • AED Certification
  • CPR Certification
  • HACCP Certification
  • First Aid Certification
  • IAT
  • COHN
  • Six Sigma Certification
  • Certified Dietary Manager
Frequently asked questions
Common questions about career advices for an Executive Chef

What qualities are good to have in an executive chef?

A passion for cooking is a good quality to have in an executive chef. Executive chefs need to have strong written and verbal communication skills. They also need to know how to multitask and manage time well. Other good traits as an executive chef include creativity and attention to detail.

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