A Head Chef is seen as the visionary, the creative hub & the boss in any traditional kitchen brigade, they can also be known as an Executive Chef. Despite the romanticised narrative of this ascension to independent glory in the culinary world, a head chef is a very managerial position. Most head chefs barely pick up a knife in their day to day role & responsibilities.
Achieving this much coveted leadership position is the culmination of years of experience not just skill & creativity. Understanding and valuing the logistical & administrational requirements needed to create a sustainable, consistent & efficient concept. A truly great Head Chef is able to recognise and utilise the talents and unique perspectives that lie within their team as a resource, bringing a group of energetic, young, strong minded chefs together to work cohesively, responsibly & intelligently. Executing the business side of running kitchens; creating processes, systems & operating models that guarantees shared success. As well as training up emerging culinary stars in these essential skills.
A great Head Chef is also the bridge between the back of house team and the front of house team, working closely with restaurant managers, bar managers & sommeliers. Leveraging each other’s skills to create an immersive experience that is true to the brand. A Head Chef in reality transcends the title of chef and becomes a true Operator, who’s contribution enriches the culinary world with professionalism & vision.
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