The role of Sous Chef in the kitchen is less susceptible to confusion and misuse than either Head Chef or Executive Chef. Sous meaning “under,” in English, tells us straightaway that the owner of this title has a direct superior within the kitchen brigade. This direct superior is usually the Head Chef, or, occasionally, the Executive Chef in those businesses operating without a dedicated Head Chef.
Sous Chef Job Description
According to which of these situations applies to your business, the responsibilities of the Sous Chef can differ somewhat and when writing a Sous Chef Job Description this is something you will need to keep in mind.
In the absence of a Head Chef operating between the Sous Chef(s) and an Executive Chef certain responsibilities that would normally fall within the purview of the Head Chef will most likely need to be worked into the Sous Chef(s) Job Description or shared equitably across more than one Sous Chefs’ job description when there are more than one Sous Chefs employed.
The Sous Chef job is often seen as both a buffer position and a transition role Chef De Parties ascend to once they’ve reached that point in their careers when the’ve demonstrated the competency and leadership qualities necessary for a promotion. This is the Chef Job where management and supervision skills will first get tested while the Chef still remains very operationally active. On the one hand Sous Chefs are usually expected to be able to fill in for the Head Chef when necessary and likewise retain the operational sharpness to cover a Chef De parties section.
While you’re very welcome to download our Sous Chef Job Description please be aware that this Chef Job Description’ like any other chef job description downloadable we make available, isn’t to be used “as is.” This downloadable is for guidance purposes only and the user is advised to custom design their Sous Chef Job Descriptions according to their own specific job needs and in accordance with local laws and norms
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