Author: Chef Perry Perkins
Are you getting ready to interview for a Chef position? Be sure to take your "A" game!
Remember the cook's 5 Ps (or however many Ps were in the version you learned): "Prior Preparation Prevents Poor Performance."
Walking into that office as polished and prepared as possible, exuding confidence, is the best way to move your name up the list of applicants. Here are a few questions you might expect to be asked when applying for a restaurant Chef or Sous Chef position. While they might not come in this exact wording, most of these can be expected in one form or another:
Nobody expects you to be a mind reader or know precisely what questions will be asked in your Chef interview.
Still, you can get a foot in the door by knowing a few things about the people and place you hope to work with.
To get ready for a chef interview, you'll want to research the restaurant, either online (menus, reviews, etc.) or by actually eating there… Preferably both… So you can help tailor your answers to suit their specific needs and atmosphere.
Some specific areas to familiarize yourself with might include:
Again, applying to be a Chef is not the same as applying to be a waitstaff. An advanced level of leadership, culinary skills, and expertise is expected and demanded in a restaurant's top-shelf spot. Only the best of the best are going to receive genuine consideration.
Just being the best applicant isn't enough; you have to be able to prove it, both in words and action.
Be prepared to answer common questions, and don't be afraid to practice or role-play an interview with friends or co-workers (another chef would be ideal).
Are you looking for some tips for new Chefs? Check our article here.
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