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Executive Chef


Port City Cafe

Hedi Sprague

Years in this Position:
12 1/2 years

Konditorei Schule - Wurzburg, Germany

Job Description:
Pastry Chef at the Port City Cafe where I prepare a variety of pastries on a daily basis.

What I like best about my job:
Artistic Creativity, making beautiful cakes, flexible work schedule, getting positive feedback from customers - particularly happy brides who loved the wedding cake I made for them.

Advice I would give to someone interested in this job:
You should have a passion for what you do. Be prepared to be on your feet and work hard from the minute you begin your day to the end of your shift.

Industry: Hospitality
Area: Food and Beverage

Executive Chefs in the Food and Beverage sector plan and design menus, establish and maintain budgets, produce staff schedules and oversee kitchen operations. As a member of the management team the Executive Chef maintains communication with other managers, working most closely with the Restaurant Manager.


Executive Chefs require extensive training and most hold a degree from a Culinary Institute/Program and have at least 5 years experience in the Food and Beverage Industry.


Most Executive Chefs in the region earn between $40,000 and $55,000 per year.

Skill Requirements

Executive Chefs need extensive experience in all aspects of food service. Math and budgeting skills are important. They need human resource skills to hire, release and train staff. They must be able to multi-task and work in a high pressure environment. Executive Chefs work with many different types of people and need excellent interpersonal and leadership skills.

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