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Career Profile: Sous Chef

Career Profile: Sous Chef

Chef's Blade

Job Description:

A sous chef, or sub chef, is the second-in-command and runs the kitchen in the absence of the chef de cuisine and executive chef. In a large establishment, the sous chef may be in charge of food production for one kitchen; in a smaller operation, the sous chef ensures that all food production workers are performing their duties as prescribed by the quality standards of the executive chef.

National Median Salary:

$34,549

Education Requirements:

Sous chefs who work in fine-dining restaurants require a degree from a 2- to 4-year degree institution, in addition to many years of experience in different areas of the kitchen.

Job Outlook:

The food service industry is projected to grow from a $379 billion industry in 2007 to one totaling $558.3 in 2008. Employment of sous chefs is expected to grow at a rate of 10% every year until at least 2016.