• Chefs and Head Cooks
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Annual Median Wage
    $ 51,370
    $32,020 range bar $77,310
    Annual NC Wage Range
    Growth Rate
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    Very Fast Growing
  • Chefs and head cooks direct and may participate in preparing, seasoning, and cooking salads, soups, fish, meats, vegetables, desserts, or other foods. They may plan and price menu items, order supplies, and keep records and accounts.

What do they typically do

  • Supervise or coordinate activities of cooks or workers engaged in food preparation
  • Monitor sanitation practices to ensure that employees follow standards and regulations
  • Determine production schedules and staff requirements needed to ensure timely delivery of services
  • Instruct cooks or other workers in the preparation, cooking, garnishing, or presentation of food
  • Order or requisition food or other supplies needed to ensure efficient operation
  • Estimate amounts and costs of required supplies, such as food and ingredients
  • Inspect supplies, equipment, or work areas to ensure conformance to established standards
  • Check the quality of raw or cooked food products to ensure they meet standards

Number of Jobs

Average Annual
Job Growth +1.2%
Job Opening 409

Job Listings

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Banquet Chef, Certified Executive Chef (CEC), Chef, Cook, Executive Chef (Ex Chef), Executive Sous Chef, Head Cook, Pastry Chef, Sous Chef
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Education & Training

  • Education

    Most occupations require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.
    Associated Programs or Majors
    • NA

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