How to write a Chef job description

Your job description is the first touchpoint between your company and your new hire. With millions of people searching for jobs on Indeed each month, a great job description can help you attract the most qualified candidates to your open position. To get you started, here are some tips for creating an effective job description.

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Chef job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimise your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialised, consider including the specialisation in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

Examples of Chef job titles

    Chef
    Sous Chef
    Personal Chef
    Chef (Full-Time)
    Executive Chef

Chef job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of a Chef job summary

Our busy restaurant is looking for an experienced, forward-thinking Chef who is passionate about culinary arts. The ideal candidate for this position will be a natural leader who always has a finger on the pulse of current culinary trends. The Chef will be responsible for assigning work in the kitchen, preparing meals for our diners, interviewing and training staff, kitchen inventory management and partnering with the Sous Chef to come up with delectable new dishes to add to our growing menu. If you are passionate about the restaurant industry and have prior experience as a Chef, we invite you to apply today.

Chef responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organisation and who the employee reports to.

Examples of Chef responsibilities

    Manage relationships with distributors and resolve issues with vendors promptly
    Follow the budget established by the restaurant manager
    Ensure safety and sanitation practices in the kitchen
    Manage kitchen staff and delegate tasks related to meal prep, cooking and delivering food to diners in a timely fashion
    Maintain the schedule for kitchen staff
    Monitor food and labour costs
    Keep up with industry trends and create new recipes in collaboration with the Sous Chef

Chef qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

Examples of Chef skills

    Diploma in culinary arts required (bachelor’s degree preferred)
    5+ years’ experience as a chef in a full-service restaurant
    2+ years’ experience in a supervisory role
    Excellent communication and organisation skills
    Able to work in a fast-paced environment
    Dedicated to food quality and control
    Strong knowledge of proper food handling and sanitation standards

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