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Working As A Sushi Chef

  • Training and Teaching Others
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Coaching and Developing Others
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Deal with People

  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Repetitive

  • Make Decisions

  • Stressful

  • $37,238

    Average Salary

What Does A Sushi Chef Do

Chefs and head cooks oversee the daily food preparation at restaurants and other places where food is served. They direct kitchen staff and handle any food-related concerns.

Duties

Chefs and head cooks typically do the following:

  • Check the freshness of food and ingredients
  • Supervise and coordinate activities of cooks and other food preparation workers
  • Develop recipes and determine how to present dishes
  • Plan menus and ensure the quality of meals
  • Inspect supplies, equipment, and work areas for cleanliness and functionality
  • Hire, train, and supervise cooks and other food preparation workers
  • Order and maintain an inventory of food and supplies
  • Monitor sanitation practices and follow kitchen safety standards

Chefs and head cooks use a variety of kitchen and cooking equipment, including step-in coolers, high-quality knives, meat slicers, and grinders. They also have access to large quantities of meats, spices, and produce. Some chefs use scheduling and purchasing software to help them in their administrative tasks.

Chefs who run their own restaurant or catering business are often busy with kitchen and office work. Some chefs use social media to promote their business by advertising new menu items or addressing customer reviews.

The following are examples of types of chefs and head cooks:

Executive chefs, head cooks, and chefs de cuisine are responsible primarily for overseeing the operation of a kitchen. They coordinate the work of sous chefs and other cooks, who prepare most of the meals. Executive chefs also have many duties beyond the kitchen. They design the menu, review food and beverage purchases, and often train cooks and other food preparation workers. Some executive chefs primarily handle administrative tasks and may spend less time in the kitchen.

Sous chefs are a kitchen’s second-in-command. They supervise the restaurant’s cooks, prepare meals, and report results to the head chefs. In the absence of the head chef, sous chefs run the kitchen.

Private household chefs typically work full time for one client, such as a corporate executive, university president, or diplomat, who regularly entertains as part of his or her official duties.

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How To Become A Sushi Chef

Most chefs and head cooks learn their skills through work experience. Others receive training at a community college, technical school, culinary arts school, or 4-year college. A small number learn through apprenticeship programs or in the Armed Forces.

Education

Although postsecondary education is not required for chefs and head cooks, many attend programs at community colleges, technical schools, culinary arts schools, and 4-year colleges. Candidates are typically required to have a high school diploma or equivalent to enter these programs.

Students in culinary programs spend most of their time in kitchens, practicing their cooking skills. Programs cover all aspects of kitchen work, including menu planning, food sanitation procedures, and purchasing and inventory methods. Most training programs also require students to gain experience in a commercial kitchen through an internship or apprenticeship program.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Most chefs and head cooks start working in other positions, such as line cooks, learning cooking skills from the chefs they work for. Many spend years working in kitchens before gaining enough experience to be promoted to chef or head cook positions.

Training

Some chefs and head cooks train on the job, where they learn the same skills as in a formal education program. Some train in mentorship programs, where they work under the direction of an experienced chef. Executive chefs, head cooks, and sous chefs who work in upscale restaurants often have many years of training and experience.

Some chefs and head cooks learn through apprenticeship programs sponsored by professional culinary institutes, industry associations, or trade unions in coordination with the U.S. Department of Labor. Apprenticeship programs generally last 2 years and combine instructions and on-the-job training. Apprentices must complete at least 1,000 hours of both instructions and paid on-the-job training. Courses typically cover food sanitation and safety, basic knife skills, and equipment operation. Apprentices spend the rest of their training learning practical skills in a commercial kitchen under a chef's supervision.

The American Culinary Federation accredits more than 200 academic training programs at postsecondary schools and sponsors apprenticeships around the country. The basic qualifications required for entering an apprenticeship program are as follows:

  • Minimum age of 17
  • High school education or equivalent
  • Passing grade in substance abuse screening

Some chefs and head cooks receive formal training in the Armed Forces or from individual hotel or restaurant chains.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Although not required, certification can show competence and lead to advancement and higher pay. The American Culinary Federation certifies personal chefs, in addition to various levels of chefs, such as certified sous chefs or certified executive chefs. Certification standards are based primarily on work-related experience and formal training. Minimum work experience for certification can range from 6 months to 5 years, depending on the level of certification.

Important Qualities

Business skills. Executive chefs and chefs who run their own restaurant need to understand the restaurant business. They should know how to budget for supplies, set prices, and manage workers so that the restaurant is profitable.

Communication skills. Chefs must communicate their instructions clearly and effectively to staff so that customers’ orders are prepared correctly.

Creativity. Chefs and head cooks need to be creative in order to develop and prepare interesting and innovative recipes. They should be able to use various ingredients to create appealing meals for their customers.

Dexterity. Chefs and head cooks need excellent manual dexterity, including proper knife techniques for cutting, chopping, and dicing.

Leadership skills. Chefs and head cooks must have the ability to motivate kitchen staff and develop constructive and cooperative working relationships with them.

Physical stamina. Chefs and head cooks often work long shifts and sometimes spend entire evenings on their feet, overseeing the preparation and serving of meals.

Sense of taste and smell. 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 enjoy.

Time-management skills. Chefs and head cooks must efficiently manage their time and the time of their staff. They ensure that meals are prepared correctly and that customers are served on time, especially during busy hours.

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Sushi Chef Career Paths

Sushi Chef
Chef/Kitchen Manager Chef Manager Executive Chef
Assistant Food Service Director
5 Yearsyrs
Executive Chef Director Of Food And Beverage
Assistant General Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Head Chef General Manager Site Manager
Branch Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Chef/Kitchen Manager Food Service Director
Certified Dietary Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Sous Chef Chef
Chef/Kitchen Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Kitchen Manager Food And Beverage Manager Catering Manager
Director Of Catering
7 Yearsyrs
General Manager Food Service Director
Director Of Food And Nutrition Services
10 Yearsyrs
Sous Chef Executive Chef
Food And Beverage Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Line Cook, Prep Cook Sous Chef
Food Production Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Line Cook, Prep Cook Chef Food Service Director
Food Safety Director
9 Yearsyrs
Chef Head Chef Executive Chef
Food Service Director
9 Yearsyrs
Head Chef Chef/Kitchen Manager Executive Chef
Food Service Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Chef Executive Chef
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Chef Manager Restaurant Manager Food And Beverage Manager
Hospitality Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Assistant Manager Executive Assistant Executive Assistant/Office Manager
Manager Executive
6 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Night Auditor Assistant General Manager
Multi-Unit Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Service Technician Service Supervisor
Patient Services Manager
8 Yearsyrs
General Manager Technician Quality Control Inspector
Quality Control Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Kitchen Manager Restaurant Manager
Restaurant General Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Executive Chef General Manager
Service Director
9 Yearsyrs
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Average Length of Employment
Executive Chef 5.5 years
Chef/Catering 3.1 years
Head Chef 3.0 years
Sous Chef 2.9 years
Cooking Chef 2.9 years
Banquet Chef 2.6 years
Chef 2.5 years
Sushi Chef 2.0 years
Assistant Chef 1.9 years
Top Employers Before
Chef 10.5%
Line Cook 10.3%
Sous Chef 8.9%
Server 8.9%
Cook 8.8%
Cashier 4.9%
Internship 4.1%
Head Chef 3.3%
Prep Cook 3.3%
Helper 3.0%
Waitress 2.8%
Manager 2.4%
Hostess 1.8%
Top Employers After
Line Cook 10.5%
Sous Chef 10.5%
Chef 9.8%
Server 6.9%
Cook 6.5%
Head Chef 4.1%
Manager 4.0%
Cashier 3.7%
Prep Cook 2.8%
Owner 2.7%
Internship 2.1%

Sushi Chef Demographics

Gender

Male

69.2%

Female

22.5%

Unknown

8.2%
Ethnicity

White

59.4%

Asian

24.1%

Hispanic or Latino

14.4%

Unknown

1.5%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

24.8%

Japanese

12.8%

Korean

11.1%

Chinese

9.4%

French

6.8%

Mandarin

6.0%

Hmong

5.1%

Indonesian

4.3%

Thai

4.3%

Vietnamese

2.6%

Cantonese

2.6%

Malay

1.7%

Burmese

1.7%

Tagalog

1.7%

Hindi

0.9%

Dutch

0.9%

Danish

0.9%

Hawaiian

0.9%

Russian

0.9%

Filipino

0.9%
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Sushi Chef Education

Schools

Johnson & Wales University

8.1%

University of Central Florida

8.1%

Culinary Institute of America

8.1%

University of Massachusetts Amherst

6.1%

University of Tennessee - Knoxville

5.1%

Wichita State University

5.1%

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

5.1%

University of Phoenix

5.1%

Community College of Rhode Island

5.1%

University of Northern Colorado

4.0%

East Tennessee State University

4.0%

College of the Desert

4.0%

Heald College - Central Administrative Office

4.0%

Santa Fe College

4.0%

Portland State University

4.0%

Utah Valley University

4.0%

University of Missouri - Columbia

4.0%

University of Oregon

4.0%

University of Arizona

4.0%

Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts

4.0%
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Majors

Culinary Arts

22.9%

Business

13.8%

Graphic Design

6.3%

Hospitality Management

5.7%

Computer Science

4.9%

General Studies

4.9%

Accounting

4.2%

Nursing

3.9%

Electrical Engineering

3.6%

Music

3.6%

Criminal Justice

3.1%

Psychology

3.1%

Management

2.9%

Finance

2.9%

Liberal Arts

2.6%

Information Technology

2.6%

Photography

2.3%

Economics

2.3%

Biology

2.1%

Communication

2.1%
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Degrees

Bachelors

37.0%

Other

35.6%

Associate

17.2%

Certificate

4.8%

Masters

4.0%

Diploma

0.9%

Doctorate

0.6%
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Real Sushi Chef Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Executive Sushi Chef & Sommelier TBD Inc. Asbury Park, NJ Oct 01, 2015 $85,000 -
$90,000
Executive Sushi Chef & Sommelier TBD, Inc. Asbury Park, NJ Sep 30, 2015 $85,000
Chef, Sushi Specialty 1411-6 Fruit & Vegetable Corp New York, NY May 28, 2015 $80,099
Sushi Chef Ji Club Corp New York, NY Apr 22, 2016 $77,938
Sushi Chef Creative Sushi Catering Inc. San Francisco, CA Mar 25, 2016 $70,886
Sushi Chef Sushi House Inc. Palisades Park, NJ Sep 13, 2016 $67,500
Chef, Sushi Specialty 55 Fulton Market Inc. New York, NY Jun 05, 2016 $66,742
Sushi Chef Bistro Marketplace 17 Inc. New York, NY May 13, 2015 $66,518
Executive Sushi Chef and Sake Sommelier TBD, Inc. Asbury Park, NJ Aug 20, 2016 $65,000
Chef, Sushi Specialty 1411-6 Fruit & Vegetable Corp New York, NY May 01, 2016 $64,718
Sushi Chef Sugio LLC New York, NY Aug 07, 2016 $64,501
Sushi Chef Sushi Yasuda Ltd. New York, NY Mar 21, 2016 $64,501
Sushi Chef Juno, Inc., D/B/A Sushi Ya The Woodlands, TX Feb 18, 2015 $51,626
Sushi Chef HH & M Investments, Inc. Denton, TX Jan 06, 2015 $50,981
Sushi Chef Epata, Inc. Dallas, TX Oct 15, 2015 $50,981
Sushi Chef HH & M Investments, Inc. Denton, TX Aug 10, 2015 $50,981
Sushi Chef F4 Group Inc. Dallas, TX Aug 27, 2015 $50,981
Sushi Chef Oriental Garden Restaurant Inc. Fort Worth, TX Jul 15, 2015 $50,960
Sushi Chef Miyake LLC Portland, ME May 18, 2016 $50,000
Sushi Chef Yogis Teriyaki & Grill Inc. Mesa, CA Jun 23, 2016 $49,733
Sushi Chef Love Sushi House I, Inc. Santa Clarita, CA Mar 17, 2015 $44,450
Sushi Chef JDY Co. Inc. Camarillo, CA Aug 31, 2015 $44,408
Sushi Chef Komachi Sushi Lodi, CA Aug 24, 2016 $44,346
Head Sushi Chef Kim & Han Inc. Arlington, TX May 05, 2016 $44,000
Sushi Chef MAYC Century Inc. (Yen Sushi & Sake Bar) Los Angeles, CA Feb 09, 2016 $43,950
Sushi Chef Hit World Corporation Los Angeles, CA May 08, 2016 $43,950
Sushi Chef Spring Vision Restaurant Corp. DBA Sushi By H Los Angeles, CA Jun 06, 2016 $43,950

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Top Skills for A Sushi Chef

CustomerServiceSkillsKitchenEquipmentFoodPreparationFoodSafetyProceduresSushiSpecialtyRollsSashimiNigiriCuisineSushiPrepFoodItemsSushiFoodProductsSushiStationKnifeSkillsFoodCostCustomerSatisfactionRawFishQualitySushiNewSushiCustomerOrdersFoodOrders

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Top Sushi Chef Skills

  1. Customer Service Skills
  2. Kitchen Equipment
  3. Food Preparation
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Trained as a Sushi Chef with excellent customer service skills, proficient in restaurant management and marketing strategies.
  • Measure and mix ingredients according to recipes, using multiple kitchen equipment.
  • Work Environment: Food preparation, daily maintain of the restaurant, customer services, make Sushi
  • Follow food safety procedures to provide healthy environment and top quality of products.
  • Prepared sashimi, rice, and other sushi ingredients, as well as prepared each sushi order for customers.

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