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What do different Chefs do?

Every chef in a professional kitchen works hard to create tasty, mouth-watering food for us .

To run a kitchen of any size there are different chefs doing different jobs to ensure its smooth functioning.

If you are an aspiring chef we are sure you want to know what a commis chef or a sous chef or a Chef de partie does !

Here’s a handy guide for you …..

The Executive Chef or the Head Chef is the senior most chef who has spent several years in the kitchen and does the following mainly:

  • Manages the kitchen – ensures all regulations related to hygiene , health and safety are followed.

  • Handles the financial budget.

  • Plans the Menu.

  • Creates new menu dishes , recipes.

2. So what does a Sous Chef do?

Sous Chef is generally the “Second Chef” !

He assists the Executive Chef and is more actively involved in the day to day operations of the Kitchen like Food preparation , Scheduling of staff shifts , Ordering and maintaining food supplies , training new employees etc..

3. OK, now who is a Chef De Partie ?

A Chef De Partie, station chef, or line cook is a chef in charge of a particular area of production in a restaurant. In large kitchens, each chef de partie might have several cooks or assistants. A Chef de Partie runs a specific section in a kitchen, and report to the Sous Chef. The role is made up of many varying responsibilities including:

  • Preparing, cooking and presenting high quality dishes within the specialty section.

  • Assisting the Head Chef and Sous Chef in creating menu items, recipes and developing dishes.

  • Preparing meat and fish.

  • Assisting with the management of health and safety.

  • Assisting with the management of food hygiene practices.

  • Managing and training any Commis Chefs.

4. Commis Chef sounds complicated…..

A commis chef is an entry level position for new chefs. They work in the kitchen and generally assist other chefs. Further they help with the deliveries of ingredients. They measure ingredients, clean stations and help in the preparation of vegetables and meat.

5. Are there any other Specialised Chefs ?

6. Please explain the hierarchy of these Chefs .

We hope you have understood the different titles and have also realised how important each chef is in the kitchen.

MCM Classes wishes you all the best in your career as a chef !

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