JOBS & CAREERS SPRING 2018 - 111
H O S P I TA L I T Y
Chefs prepare food in restaurants, pubs,
hotels and cafeterias. You may also
create menus and control stock. With
experience you can advance to section
chef, sous chef or head chef, or move
into training or management.
What skills and qualifications do I
need? You can enter the profession
through an accredited diploma course,
apprenticeship or on-the-job training.
You need to be physically fit, as the work
is demanding and kitchens are hot,
humid and busy, and you must have the
ability to stay calm under pressure. Good
organisational skills are also important,
as is knowledge of health and safety
rules, hygiene practices and allergens.
How much can I earn? Salaries start at
£13,000 for trainees, rising to £50,000
for head chefs.
You'll oversee the provision of food
in an institution such as a hotel,
hospital, factory or school, or a
service that delivers meals, such
as a contract catering company or
meals on wheels. You'll plan menus,
manage budgets and stock, recruit
staff, organise rotas and ensure staff
work to the required regulations.
What skills and qualifications do
I need? A catering or hospitality
qualification is helpful but not
essential - many people start in a
junior role and work their way up.
Experience in a professional kitchen
will help. You'll need good English
and maths, plus organisational
and communication skills.
How much can I earn? Salaries
start at £19,000, rising to £40,000
for an experienced manager.
Find out more
* Hospitality Guild
* Silver Service Training
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