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Below is a list of links to anonymous job profiles of REAL PEOPLE who have filled out our survey and offered to share their insights with our users about their job in the Chef field.
IDJob TitleGenderAgeEarningsCity & StateDate
33849Executive ChefFemale31 $80,000Jonesboro, GA01/01/2010
33543ChefFemale26 $32,000Brandon, FL01/01/2010
33326Bakery Manager/Cake DecoratorFemale29 $42,000Portland, NY01/01/2010
33330ChefMale32 $51,000woodlyn, PA01/01/2010
33235Asst. Chef/ManagerFemale41 $12,000Bella vista, AR01/01/2010


A chef is someone who oversees kitchen operations. While many people believe that chefs primarily cook food, the reality is chefs have already worked their way up out of the cooking position and now do much more than prepare food. Chefs craft recipes, create dishes, oversee staff, and manage the cooking that goes on in the kitchen.

Restaurants have chefs who are held responsible for the success of the food products that are prepared and served to customers. Chefs may work in fancy five-star restaurants and may open their own restaurants. Some famous celebrity chefs make a name for themselves, drawing crowds and being featured on reality shows, while other chefs work quietly in the kitchen of establishments owned by others.

Working as a chef requires a deep understanding of how to be effective at creating dishes and cooking food that clients enjoy. While chefs may do some intricate prep work and food preparation, they typically have sous chefs and people under them who do most of the cooking activity. Chefs generally have formal educational training from a culinary school, as well as years of experience working as cooks and sous chefs in the kitchen themselves.

Chefs mostly work weekend and evening hours and are expected to work during holidays. Income can vary widely, depending upon whether a chef has his own restaurant or works for others, as well as the restaurant quality and type.

To learn more about what this career is really like from people actually working in the industry, browse the career profiles below. Our profiles are prepared by interviewing professional chefs to give you the inside scoop on how to become a chef, where you might work, salaries, and more.

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