Sous chef

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What does a Sous Chef do?

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.

Working as a Sous Chef

  • Work with the executive chef to create menus and dishes according to the restaurant's vision.
  • Maintain order in the kitchen and supervise other kitchen staff, including disciplinary actions when needed, and provide incentives for staff members to create a positive working environment.
  • Monitor inventory and order supplies when necessary.
  • Recruit and train new chefs and kitchen employees to meet the standards of the restaurant and the kitchen.
  • Implement and follow sanitation and safety regulations and make sure the kitchen staff is trained and following all regulations.

How much does a Sous Chef make in the United States?

Average base salary
6.8k salaries reported, updated at May 28, 2020
per year
The average salary for a sous chef is $49,286 per year in the United States.
Most common benefits
  • Employee discount
  • Paid time off
  • Health insurance
  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance

Where can a Sous Chef earn more?

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Frequently asked questions
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Is there room for advancement as a sous chef?

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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Can you become a sous chef without going to culinary school?

You can get into a career as a sous chef without formal schooling, but it takes longer to work your way up.

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