Chefs and Head Cooks

Starting Salary

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Median Annual Wage

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% High School Diploma or Equivalent
% Some College

Job Outlook

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Annual Job Openings

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Chefs and head cooks have many names. Job titles may include executive chef, sous chef, and kitchen manager. They direct and may participate in the preparation, seasoning, and cooking of salads, soups, fish, meats, vegetables, desserts, or other foods. Chefs may plan and price menu items, order supplies, and keep records and accounts.

Those interested in this position can learn the basics through the Durham Tech Culinary Arts programs. Graduates should qualify for entry-level opportunities including prep cook, line cook, and station chef. American Culinary Federation certification may be available to graduates. With experience, graduates may advance to positions including sous chef, pastry chef, executive chef, or foodservice manager.