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Find out what you need to know to become a chef. From basic skills to training, learn what it takes to rise through the ranks of a brigade. The ITHQ provides you with all the details you need to know about this occupation.

Duties of a chef

  • Make decisions concerning the creation, preparation and finishing of dishes
  • Choose the staple foods that will make up the menu
  • Plan the brigade’s schedules
  • Handle profitability calculations

Qualities of a chef

  • I’m a good team leader and a good communicator.
  • I have a strong sense of initiative and leadership.
  • I’m comfortable with numbers.
  • I master all cooking techniques.
  • I have good physical and mental stamina.
  • I’m always on the lookout for new trends.
  • I like making decisions.

Required experience and training

  • You need between 6 and 10 years’ experience in the kitchen, including a few years in a management role, before becoming a chef. 
  • The number of years of experience required may vary depending on the type of establishment in which you work.