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Chefs and Head Cooks

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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.


  • Most workers in these occupations have prior experience in the food service or hospitality industries.
  • While most workers have some postsecondary training, many experienced workers with less education can still be promoted into these positions.
  • Job opportunities are expected to be good, largely because of high turnover; however, keen competition is expected for jobs at upscale restaurants that generally pay more.


Personality I'm good with people
Salary $42,350/yr ($21.18/hr)
Job Outlook Average
Education High School diploma