Chefs are culinary professionals with a flair for creativity and innovation to provide a unique gastronomic experience.
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- Enterprising / Realistic
- Use culinary finishing techniques
Apply culinary finishing techniques including garnishing, decorating, plating, glazing, presenting and portioning.
- Plan menus
Organise menus taking into account the nature and style of the establishment, client feedback, cost and the seasonality of ingredients.
- Instruct kitchen personnel
Give instructions to the kitchen staff by guiding and teaching them and by providing them support before, during and after the service.
- Maintain customer service
Keep the highest possible customer service and make sure that the customer service is at all times performed in a professional way. Help customers or participants feel at ease and support special requirements.
- Use food cutting tools
Trim, peel and slice products with knives, paring or food cutting tools or equipment according to guidelines.
- Use cooking techniques
Apply cooking techniques including grilling, frying, boiling, braising, poaching, baking or roasting.
- Store raw food materials
Keep in reserve raw materials and other food supplies, following stock control procedures.
- Maintain kitchen equipment at correct temperature
Keep the refrigeration and storage of equipment at the correct temperature.
- Work in a hospitality team
Function confidently within a group in hospitality services, in which each has his own responsibility in reaching a common goal which is a good interaction with the customers, guests or collaborators and their contentment.
- Control of expenses
Monitoring and maintaining effective cost controls, in regards to efficiencies, waste, overtime and staffing. Assessing excesses and strives for efficiency and productivity.
- Comply with food safety and hygiene
Respect optimal food safety and hygiene during preparation, manufacturing, processing, storage, distribution and delivery of food products.
- Dispose waste
Dispose waste in accordance with legislation, thereby respecting environmental and company responsibilities.
- Use food preparation techniques
Apply food preparation techniques including the selecting, washing, cooling, peeling, marinating, preparing of dressings and cutting of ingredients.
- Think creatively about food and beverages
Generate innovative and creative ideas to come up with new recipes, preparations of food and beverages and new ways to present the products.
- Use reheating techniques
Apply reheating techniques including steaming, boiling or bain marie.
- Handover the food preparation area
Leave the kitchen area in conditions which follow safe and secure procedures, so that it is ready for the next shift.
- Manage staff
Manage employees and subordinates, working in a team or individually, to maximise their performance and contribution. Schedule their work and activities, give instructions, motivate and direct the workers to meet the company objectives. Monitor and measure how an employee undertakes their responsibilities and how well these activities are executed. Identify areas for improvement and make suggestions to achieve this. Lead a group of people to help them achieve goals and maintain an effective working relationship among staff.
Optional knowledge and skillscook pastry products cook meat dishes prepare sandwiches check deliveries on receipt prepare flambeed dishes execute chilling processes to food products cook vegetable products assist customers compile cooking recipes order supplies create decorative food displays cook seafood ensure cleanliness of food preparation area identify nutritional properties of food cook dairy products schedule shifts prepare salad dressings prepare desserts cook sauce products prepare canapés handle chemical cleaning agents cook fish apply procurement set prices of menu items train employees
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