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A sous chef is usually the second in command in a professional kitchen and acts as an assistant to the head chef. They prepare food, organize the line and plate food along with taking responsibility for other kitchen staff. A sous chef must have knowledge of food and also have some managerial skills.
Many sous chefs work their way into an executive chef position. The industry usually promotes from within, so if you log time in the kitchen and prove your worth and talent, you can work up to a higher position.
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You can get into a career as a sous chef without formal schooling, but it takes longer to work your way up.