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Title - Job Description Overview

Chefs & Head Cooks

Direct and may participate in the preparation, seasoning, and cooking of salads, soups, fish, meats, vegetables, desserts, or other foods. May plan and price menu items, order supplies, and keep records and accounts.

  • Title - Related Careers

    • Baking and Pastry Arts/Baker/Pastry Chef
    • Cooking and Related Culinary Arts, General
    • Culinary Arts/Chef Training
    • Culinary Science/Culinology
    • Restaurant, Culinary, and Catering Management/Manager
    • First-line Supervisors of Food Preparation and Serving Workers


  • Title - Typical Job Duties

    • Meet with sales representatives to negotiate prices or order supplies.
    • Monitor sanitation practices to ensure that employees follow standards and regulations.
    • Check the quality of raw or cooked food products to ensure that standards are met.
    • Estimate amounts and costs of required supplies, such as food and ingredients.
    • Instruct cooks or other workers in the preparation, cooking, garnishing, or presentation of food.
    • Supervise or coordinate activities of cooks or workers engaged in food preparation.
    • Inspect supplies, equipment, or work areas to ensure conformance to established standards.
    • Order or requisition food or other supplies needed to ensure efficient operation.
    • Determine production schedules and staff requirements necessary to ensure timely delivery of services.
    • Check the quantity and quality of received products.
    • Determine how food should be presented and create decorative food displays.

Chef & Head Cook

According to a Career One Stop, the median wage for Culinary Chefs and Cooks in California is $39,900. The average hourly rate is $19.18. They project 2,100 new jobs annually through the years of 2012-2022.