A chef assistant provides support for the head chef of a restaurant, bakery, catering business, or cafeteria. As a chef assistant, your job duties include managing inventory, ensuring that the kitchen meets food safety and cleanliness standards, and helping kitchen staff with food preparation.
- Maintain Kitchen
- Prepare Ingredients
- Store and Dispose of Food
- Makes sure certain food is prepared and served to the customers in the right quantity, of the right quality and within the prescribed time limit
- Ensure high standards of cleanliness and hygiene in the kitchen area
- Plan the special menu for occasions like New Year, Christmas and other party events. Get the menu approved from the head chef
- Performs the food handling procedures as per the procedures prescribed by the Centers for Disease Control and Food and Drug Administration
- Communication skills
- Attention to detail
- Plenty of stamina
- A great team player
- The ability to listen and learn – fast
While no formal education is required for cook assistants, training at a community college or culinary school is preferred. Previous work experience as a cook assistant is strongly desired by most employers. Preferred credentials vary by establishment, but cook assistants may be required to pass background checks or be certified in CPR and first aid.
It’s split shifts, including some evenings and weekends, just like the rest of the brigade. Most jobs specify a 40 hour week, but you need to be prepared to work longer if necessary. That said, a lot of kitchen attendant jobs are part-time.