Chefs and Head Cooks
What Chefs and Head Cooks Do
Chefs and head cooks oversee the daily food preparation at restaurants and other places where food is served. They direct kitchen staff and handle any food-related concerns. Chefs and head cooks work in restaurants, private households, and other establishments where food is served. The work can be hectic and fast paced.
How to Become a Chef or Head Cook
Most chefs and head cooks learn their skills through work experience. Others receive training at a community college, technical school, culinary arts school, or 4-year college. A small number learn through apprenticeship programs.
Pay - Job Outlook
The median annual wage for chefs and head cooks was $41,500 in May 2015. Employment of chefs and head cooks is projected to grow 9 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations.