£14,040 Average salary at age 20
£25,480 Average Salary
39 Average hours per week


Chefs plan menus and prepare, or oversee the preparation of food in hotels, restaurants, clubs, private households and other establishments.

Main Tasks

  • Requisitions or purchases and examines foodstuffs from suppliers to ensure quality;
  • Plans menus, prepares, seasons and cooks foodstuffs or oversees their preparation and monitors the quality of finished dishes;
  • Supervises, organises and instructs kitchen staff and manages the whole kitchen or an area of the kitchen;
  • Ensures relevant hygiene and health and safety standards are maintained within the kitchen;
  • Plans and co-ordinates kitchen work such as fetching, clearing and cleaning of equipment and utensils.


There are no formal academic requirements. Training is provided off- and on-the-job. NVQs/ SVQs, BTEC Certificates and Diplomas and foundation degrees are available. Apprenticeships leading to an NVQ/SVQ at Level 3 are also available. Courses are also run by private cookery schools.

What Chefs studied in higher education

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What Chefs studied in higher education
Occupation Percentage Value
(C9) Others in biological sciences1
(L4) Social policy1
(W2) Design studies5
(L3) Sociology2
(C1) Biology1
(H3) Mechanical engineering1
(F1) Chemistry1
(C8) Psychology3
(W1) Fine art3
(V3) History by topic1
(W3) Music5
(D3) Animal science1
(F8) Physical geographical sciences1
(W8) Imaginative writing1
(W6) Cinematics & photography3
(Q3) English studies4
(L2) Politics3
(K1) Architecture1
(R1) French studies1
(N5) Marketing1
(W4) Drama2
(M1) Law by area2
(M2) Law by topic1
(J9) Others in technology2
(I2) Information systems1
(N8) Hospitality, leisure, sport, tourism & transport10
(B9) Others in subjects allied to medicine1
(P5) Journalism1
(F4) Forensic & archaeological sciences1
(V5) Philosophy1
(F3) Physics1
(L1) Economics1
(B4) Nutrition1
(N1) Business studies2
(D6) Food & beverage studies6
(X1) Training teachers1
(N4) Accounting1
(C6) Sport & exercise science3
(C3) Zoology1
(P3) Media studies3
(N2) Management studies2
(V1) History by period2
(H6) Electronic & electrical engineering2
(L6) Anthropology2
(I1) Computer science2

UK Prospects

200300 Workforce Size
4.77% Predicted decline 2024 - 2027
23979 Predicted Replacement 2024 - 2027

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