We calculated that 14% of Chef Managers are proficient in Customer Service, Servsafe, and Quality Standards. They’re also known for soft skills such as Creativity, Dexterity, and Sense of taste and smell.
We break down the percentage of Chef Managers that have these skills listed on their resume here:
- Customer Service, 14%
Scheduled and monitored equipment maintenance* Experienced in customer service, compliance, sanitation, cash handling, scheduling and communication.
- Servsafe, 11%
Proctored managers seeking ServSafe Food Protection Managers certification.
- Quality Standards, 10%
Completed opening and closing cafeteria procedures according to facility quality standards.
- Haccp, 8%
Supervised and trained all.associates in food preparation, HACCP in-service training and sanitation and safety procedures.
- Menu Items, 5%
Facilitated regular customer focus group and subsequently developed appealing and cost-effective menu items and specials to meet customer needs.
- Food Preparation, 5%
Supervised all food preparation duties and assisted in meeting timely order fulfillment in fast- paced kitchen environment.
Some of the skills we found on Chef Manager resumes included "Customer Service," "Servsafe," and "Quality Standards." We have detailed the most important Chef Manager responsibilities below. Creativity can be considered to be the most important personality trait for a Chef Manager to have. According to a Chef Manager resume, "Chefs and head cooks need to be creative in order to develop and prepare interesting and innovative recipes" Chef Managers are able to use Creativity in the following example we gathered from a resume: "Write and Cost All Menus Manage Inventory Manage HR for the locations" While it may not be the most important skill, we found that many Chef Manager duties rely on Dexterity. This example from a Chef Manager explains why: "Chefs and head cooks need excellent dexterity, including proper knife techniques for cutting, chopping, and dicing." This resume example is just one of many ways Chef Managers are able to utilize Dexterity: "Worked hands on with cooks pertaining to 3 meal high volume food production. " Sense of taste and smell is also an important skill for Chef Managers to have. This example of how Chef Managers use this skill comes from a Chef Manager resume, "Chefs and head cooks must have a keen sense of taste and smell in order to inspect food quality and to design meals that their customers will enjoy." Read this excerpt from a resume to understand how vital it is to their everyday roles and responsibilities, "Monitored sanitation practices to ensure standards compliance. " A thorough review of lots of resumes revealed to us that "Time-management skills" is important to completing Chef Manager responsibilities. This resume example shows just one way Chef Managers use this skill: "Chefs and head cooks must efficiently manage their time and the time of their staff" Here's an example of how this skill is used from a resume that represents typical Chef Manager tasks: "Completed daily deadlines for special events, parties, restaurant, and employee dining area. " Yet another important skill that a Chef Manager must demonstrate is "Business skills." Executive chefs and chefs who run their own restaurant need to understand the restaurant business This is clearly demonstrated in this example from a Chef Manager who stated: "Maintained customer relations and promoted new business through participation in community events. " While "Communication skills" is listed last on this skills list, don't underestimate its importance to Chef Manager responsibilities. The skill is described by this resume snippet, "Chefs must communicate their instructions clearly and effectively to staff so that customers’ orders are prepared correctly." Here is an example of how this skill is used, "Worked with owner to maintain positive client relationships through excellent service and effective communication. "
See the full list of Chef Manager skills.
After discovering the most helpful skills, we moved onto what kind of education might be helpful in becoming a Chef Manager. We found that 28.5% of Chef Managers have graduated with a bachelor's degree and 2.1% of people in this position have earned their master's degrees. While some Chef Managers have a college degree, you may find it's also true that generally it's possible to be successful in this career with only a high school degree. In fact, our research shows that one out of every three Chef Managers were not college graduates.
Those Chef Managers who do attend college, typically earn either Culinary Arts degrees or Business degrees. Less commonly earned degrees for Chef Managers include Hospitality Management degrees or Management degrees.
Once you've obtained the level of education you're comfortable with, you might start applying to companies to become a Chef Manager. We've found that most Chef Manager resumes include experience from Compass Group Usa, Aramark, and Sodexo Operations. Of recent, Compass Group Usa had 185 positions open for Chef Managers. Meanwhile, there are 137 job openings at Aramark and 90 at Sodexo Operations.
Since salary is important to some Chef Managers, it's good to note that they are figured to earn the highest salaries at Yale University, Columbia University, and Aramark. If you were to take a closer look at Yale University, you'd find that the average Chef Manager salary is $54,512. Then at Columbia University, Chef Managers receive an average salary of $53,162, while the salary at Aramark is $50,869.
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We also looked into companies who hire Chef Managers from the top 100 educational institutions in the U.S. The top three companies that hire the most from these institutions include Aramark, Sodexo Operations LLC, and Compass Group.