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Chefs & Head Cooks

Also called: Certified Executive Chef (CEC), Chef, Executive Chef (Ex Chef), Executive Sous Chef

Where in the Air Force? In the Air Force: Services; Services Apprentice; Services Craftsman; Services Helper; Services Journeyman; Services Superintendent

What they do:
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.
On the job, you would:
  • 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.

Knowledge

Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
  • food production
  • manufacture and distribution of products
Business
  • customer service
  • management
Education and Training
  • teaching and course design
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics

Skills

Basic Skills
  • keeping track of how well people and/or groups are doing in order to make improvements
  • talking to others
Social
  • changing what is done based on other people's actions
  • understanding people's reactions
Resource Management
  • managing your time and the time of other people
  • selecting and managing the best workers for a job

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • use rules to solve problems
Math
  • add, subtract, multiply, or divide
  • choose the right type of math to solve a problem
Hand and Finger Use
  • hold or move items with your hands

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Attention to Detail
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Integrity
  • Initiative

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Data base user interface and query software
  • Barrington Software CookenPro Commercial
  • CostGuard software
Analytical or scientific software
  • Food Software.com IPro Restaurant Inventory, Recipe & Menu Software
  • GNOME Gnutrition
Spreadsheet software
  • Google spreadsheet
  • Microsoft Excel

Education

Education: (rated 3 of 5)
associate's degree or
certificate after high school
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Below Average Outlook
New job opportunities are less likely in the future.
Salary
$42,490
per year, on average
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