"A good cook is like a sorceress who dispenses happiness."
-Elsa Schiaparelli

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The crowning glory for most restaurants is a chef because at the end of the day it is generally the food that gives real happiness & satisfaction to the customers.

You need a flawless chef resume to raise the chances of being shortlisted by recruiters and even land the job of your dreams.

Here is a summary of what you will learn in our Chef Resume 2019 Blog:

  • Use the reverse chronological order across all sections in your sous chef resume to make the recruiters notice your latest and most relevant job experience
  • Write only 3-4 lines objective or a summary for your executive chef resumes
  • Use the STAR format to write one-liner points to express your roles & responsibilities in the professional experience section of your culinary resume
  • Create a separate section "Certifications" to mention your certificates as it adds value to your professional & educational aspects in your sous chef resume.

There are different types of chefs who are experts in different culinary arts and cuisines from all around the world. Keep reading to learn the art of curating any level of chef resumes with the help of experts at Hiration.

By the end of this blog, you will learn:

  • How to write your professional chef resume and what to write on it
  • How to convey your efficiency and achievements on your executive chef resume
  • How to write only the relevant points in your sous chef resume
  • How to frame your chef resume skills section in the perfect way

Hiration's Online Resume Builder features 100+ content templates and 25+ design templates and each job-specific profile template can be modified to suit your professional needs.

Keep reading to have a thorough understanding of how to write the perfect chef resume.

The following topics will be covered in detail in this blog:

Chef Resume Sample

Here is the complete chef resume template:

6+ years experienced Executive Head Chef with a proven track record of managing operations in a fast-paced kitchen environment. Well-versed with nutrition & culinary principles to up-keep current food regulations while implementing the production process to control the estimated food & labor cost.
• Payroll Management • Culinary Expertise • Event Management • Hygiene & Sanitation • Product Rotation
• Quality Compliance • Prep Sheets • Sales • Cocktail Preparation • Budget Management • Recipe Diversification
• Menu Update • Training & Supervising Chefs • Recruiting & Onboarding • Logistics • Culinary Workshops
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
    Team Leadership & Territory Management
    • Imparted precise culinary instructions, recipes & directions to every chef of 3+ outlets
    • Managed records of attendance & payroll of the staff of 70+ to ensure smooth administration
    • Led a team of 15+ chefs in an outlet & supervised the kitchen personnel to provide high-quality meal for the guests
    Event Management & Recipe Creation
    • Conducted 10+ culinary workshops for aspiring chefs to showcase & enhance their culinary skills
    • Pioneered 5+ recipes as part of the "Chef's special menu" on special occasions & festive seasons
    • Designed eclectic menus & a wide range of recipes to add variety to the menu every 2 weeks
    Shift Supervision & Logistics
    • Devised a practical table for the staff to take shifts & a platform for working extra hours & earn incentives
    • Supervised the policies & regulations of the restaurant for achieving higher goals of the restaurant
    • Administered the supply needs of the kitchen & managed the logistics under the assigned budget
      Sales Growth & Resource Management
      • Introduced inventive menus & seasonal dishes to boost restaurant sales by 60%
      • Assessed & personally organized orders from vendors to avoid compromise in quality & maintain budget
      • Standardized recipe files & product-rotation systems to avoid 90% wastage ensuring quality compliance of dishes
      Productivity Enhancement
      • Conceptualized & implemented initiatives to reduce time from kitchen to table by 40% to enhance table service
      • Streamlined accurate prep sheets for all 3 outlets to maximize the performance of the kitchen during peak hours
      Quality Assurance & Safety Code of Conduct
      • Championed quality & presentation compliance by reviewing dishes at all times before serving the guests
      • Monitored each & every step in food preparation to assure 100% safe & high-quality food to the customers
      • Ensured proper grooming & cleanliness for all kitchen staff to comply with the state-imposed hygiene standards
        Recruiting & Training
        • Recruited 20+ intern chefs every quarter for catering to all recruitment requirements
        • Trained chefs & supervised their work to achieve a 10% increase in the productivity of the culinary team
        Recipe Creation & Culinary Expertise
        • Combined different recipes & created Fusion cuisine to increase walk-in patrons by 65% & enhance revenue
        • Assisted the Head Chef in developing & tasting new recipes to update the current menu as per the latest trends
        • Diversified the existing beverage menu by creating new cocktails to meet customers demands & boost sales by 33%
        • Summer Course Certificate in Special Culinary Art | Aiko Valley School | '12
        EDUCATION
          • Top 10 percentile of the batch
            • Top 5 percentile of the class
            • Languages: English, Spanish & French

            What is a Chef Resume & why do you need it?

            A perfectly framed chef resume describes your expertise in culinary arts to the recruiters. It highlights your potential as an efficient chef.

            It is generally the first interaction between you and the recruiters to help create any possible chances for you to be shortlisted & land more interviews.

            Most of the recruiters rely on ATS (Applicant Tracking System) to shortlist the most eligible applicants as it effectively saves them time and energy.

            Ranking high on the ATS can give you get a better chance to make it to the recruiter's radar for achieving your dream job.

            So it is important to write an ATS-targeted chef resume to raise your chances of getting shortlisted by recruiters.

            Go through our 2019 Tips: Do's & Don'ts for your resume, to frame flawless chef resumes that can help you rank high on the ATS and get shortlisted by recruiters.

            You can also get your existing resume reviewed at Hiration’s Resume Review Service by our in-house team of professionals at Hiration.

            Chef Resume Sections

            Every standard section on a resume features an important aspect of your skill and achievement that a recruiter may find suitable for the targeted job.

            Make sure that you put enough thought and effort while filling in these sections and make your chef resume stand out as unique, unlike any other regular resumes.

            The following standard sections need to be framed in your chef resumes:

            • Header
            • Personal Information
            • Profile Title
            • Summary/Objective
            • Key Skills
            • Professional Experience
            • Education

            The following optional section can be added whenever required (if any):

            • Certifications
            • Additional Information
            • Extra-Curricular Activities
            • Voluntary Services

            Compose these sections with a professional outlook in your sous chef resume to raise your chance of being shortlisted by the recruiters.

            Read Hiration's 2019 Guide to sections in a resume to get a better understanding of how to perfect this aspect of resume writing.

            You can go to our Online Resume Builder to pick the template of your choice and write your chef resumes on pre-filled templates.

            How to write your Chef Resume

            To frame your professional chef resumes, you need to follow three important stages which have been discussed below:

            • Master Chef Resume
            • First Draft of Chef Resume
            • Final draft of Chef Resume

            Master Chef Resume

            Your master chef resume is the first stage where you need to compile all your details and every possible information in a single place.

            Creating a master chef resume helps you write your sous chef resume in the present time-line as well as for any future updates.

            List out all your professional experience and your educational information or some training you took for acquiring any kind of certifications.

            The need to create this master resume is to gather enough information so that you can pick any relevant information from one place instead of wasting time trying to collect scattered information from all over the place.

            You need not stress over any piece of information that you feel may not be required in your present resume because it can be used in any future update of your culinary resume.

            Creating a master resume can help you in making sure that you do not miss out on any of the relevant detail or information that can help you enhance your chef resume.

            First Draft of Chef Resume

            After you are done creating your master resume, you need to make the first draft of your chef resume wherein you should compose the following sections:

            • Header
            • Personal information
            • Profile title
            • Professional experience
            • Education
            • Certifications (if any)
            • Awards & recognition (if any)
            • Additional information (if any)

            Every section plays an important role in its unique way to enhance your culinary resume, so make sure that every section is thoroughly framed.

            Final draft of Chef Resume

            In the final draft of your chef resume, you have to compose the sections that we have mentioned below:

            The key skills section: The key skills section should be the second last thing to be composed after every other section in your sous chef resume has been composed. Focus on your most effective and relevant skills while creating this section.

            The summary or objective section: An objective or a summary is the last thing that needs to be composed while creating your head chef resume. Whether to write a summary or objective for your executive chef resume depends on the total number of years that you have worked as a professional chef.

            Hiration Pro Tip: Follow the three stages of resume writing to frame an organized and professional chef resume.

            Read our Hiration’s 2019 Guide on writing resumes for beginners, to learn all the basic details of resume writing.

            Chef Resume: Header

            The first thing that a recruiter can straight away notice in your executive chef resume at a glance is the header.

            Avoid writing "CV" or "Resume" as it does not hold up the individuality of your sous chef resume as much as your name does as the header.

            Therefore, the best thing for you to do is, write your name as the default resume header of your chef resumes.

            Make sure to use the largest font to write your chef resume header (16-20 font size).

            In case you have a middle name, you should write only the initial of your middle name, followed by a period as shown in the example given below:

            Example: Samantha Gabriella Vinsmoke should be written as Samantha G. Vinsmoke

            For a more thorough understanding of this section, you can read our Hiration 2019 Guide to writing the perfect resume header.

            The example from our chef resume template given below, shows how your name should be used as the header of your culinary resume:

            Chef-resume-header

            You can always go to our Online Resume Builder to write your professional chef resume.

            Chef Resume: Personal Information

            Usually, there are three types of personal information that you may have to specifically provide in your sous chef resumes:

            • Mobile Number
            • Professional E-mail Address
            • Current Location of Residence

            Mobile Number

            Provide only your functional mobile number through which the recruiters can reach you in case you are shortlisted.

            Sometimes a recruiter may want to have an interview over the phone before calling you in for face to face interviews.

            Avoid making any careless mistake while providing your contact number and give only your active number though which you are available.

            Write your phone number in the format mentioned below:

            • Place your country’s ISD code as a prefix before your phone number
            • Put a plus sign (+) before the ISD code
            • Eg: +1 37188 61131

            Professional E-mail Address

            Emails are the conventional means of communication in this day and age. It is a convenient source through which the recruiter can get in touch with you.

            Strictly avoid fancy email IDs as given below:

            Example: bestofthebest@xyz.com / iamthebest@xyz.com

            It creates an unprofessional image of you and the recruiter may assume that you are someone who is not serious about one's profession.

            Make sure that you have an official email ID as given below:

            Example: samantha@xyz.com / yourfullname@xyz.com

            The right way to create your professional email ID is by writing your real name as it gives a professional outlook to the recruiters.

            Current Location of Residence

            Mention only your accurate location as it is an important aspect of your executive chef resume while applying for a job.

            Avoid giving out your home address or previous/present workplace address.

            Write your city and state if you are looking for jobs in your own country. Else write your city and country if you are willing to work outside your country.

            Make sure to read our 2019 Guide on writing contact information on Resume, for more details on how to professionally frame this section.

            Look at our sample chef resume for visual reference:

            Chef-resume-personal-information

            Chef Resume: Profile Title

            Your profile title is another important feature on your sous chef resume.

            The recruiters can figure out your level of professional status through your profile title and they may pick your sous chef resume if it is relevant to the target job.

            Your profile title speaks of the job position and industry that you are looking for and the industry that you were previously involved in.

            Always write your profile title in a font size of 14-16 points as the second-largest text in your chef resume.

            The chef resume sample given below, shows how your profile title should ideally look like the header on your chef resumes:

            Chef-resume-profile-title

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            Chef Resume: Professional Experience

            Your professional section is one of the most important features on your sous chef resume as it is the highlight of your professional experience.

            There are three things that you should religiously follow to write your perfect chef resume with a flawless professional experience section:

            • STAR Format
            • Framing Points
            • Bucketing & Bolding

            STAR Format

            STAR format is the ideal format for curating the professional experience section of your executive chef resumes.

            STAR stands for:

            • Situation - To describe the position that you found yourself in the previous organization
            • Task - To describe the task that was assigned to you as part of your duty
            • Action - To describe how and what you did to perform the given task
            • Result - To describe the result or outcome of your action applied for an assigned task

            STAR format creates the cause-effect relationship between your achievement and the action involved in performing the assigned roles and responsibilities.

            Make sure to quantify your achievements as it shows the specific extent of your expertise as a chef.

            Framing Points

            Framing your points while writing your professional experience is very important.

            Let us look at the given examples to discuss why framing your point is important and how it can help enhance your professional experience section;

            Example 1:

            "In my previous organization, I was in charge of recruiting 10+ intern chefs every quarter to cater to the requirements of the staff. As part of my job, I was also responsible for supervising the culinary team which led to the achievement of a 10% increase in daily productivity. Over time, I efficiently created fusion cuisine to increase walk-in customers by 50% which led to a rise in revenue. I also assisted the Head Chef in developing new recipes and successfully update the current menu. Successfully created new cocktails to meet the demands of the customers and led to a 25% boost in sales of beverage."

            Example 2:

            • Recruited 10+ intern chefs every quarter to cater to all staff requirements
            • Supervised the culinary team to achieve a 10% increase in daily productivity
            • Created Fusion cuisine to increase walk-in customers by 50% & enhance revenue
            • Assisted the Head Chef in developing new recipes & update the current menu
            • Created new cocktails to meet the demands of the customers & boost 25% sales

            Framing Points: Analysis

            Both the examples are stating the same thing but we can see that framing your one-liner points as given in example 2 makes your statements more readable as compared to the bulky paragraph in example 1.

            Lengthy paragraphs (example 1) are most likely going to bore the recruiters and they would not want to waste their mere 6 seconds going through it.

            It is easy to say that the recruiters would pick a resume that is framed (example 2) instead of a bulky and lengthy paragraph.

            Therefore, make sure to frame your one-liners if you want the recruiters to go through your chef resumes and increase your chance of being shortlisted.

            Bucketing & Bolding

            Let us now discuss the importance of bucketing & bolding your one-liner points as framing alone is not enough to keep the recruiters occupied in your sous chef resume.

            Given below are two examples, to help you have a better understanding of the importance of bucketing & bolding and how it can be incorporated in your executive chef resume:

            Example 1:

            • Introduced creative menus & seasonal dishes to improvise restaurant sales by 50%
            • Assessed & organized orders from vendors to avoid compromise in quality & budget
            • Standardized recipe & product-rotation systems to avoid wastage of dishes by 80%
            • Implemented suitable initiatives to reduce the time from kitchen to table by 40%
            • Streamlined prep sheets for 3 outlets to maximize the performance during peak hours
            • Monitored every step in food preparation to assure 100% high-quality food
            • Ensured proper grooming for 20+ kitchen staff to comply with hygiene standards

            Example 2:

            Resource Management & Sales Growth

            • Introduced creative menus & seasonal dishes to improvise restaurant sales by 50%
            • Assessed & organized orders from vendors to avoid compromise in quality & budget
            • Standardized recipe & product-rotation systems to avoid wastage of dishes by 80%

            Productivity Enhancement

            • Implemented suitable initiatives to reduce the time from kitchen to table by 40%
            • Streamlined prep sheets for 3 outlets to maximize the performance during peak hours

            Safety Code of Conduct & Quality Assurance

            • Monitored every step in food preparation to assure 100% high-quality food
            • Ensured proper grooming for 20+ kitchen staff to comply with hygiene standards

            Bucketing & Bolding: Analysis

            From the two examples, we can see that bucketing & bolding drastically enhances your framed points.

            Example 1 is just a list of your professional experience but example 2 is the elaboration of your professional experience in a broader sense.

            Listing all the relevant one-liner points under unique subheading (bucketing) makes it easier for you to highlight your efficiency to the recruiters.

            Bolding your most significant skill and achievement in your chef resume makes it easier for the recruiter to focus on your caliber and treat you as a suitable applicant.

            Always use bucketing & bolding to frame your professional experience section and raise your chances of being shortlisted by recruiters.

            You can read our 2019 Guide on how to write professional experience on a resume, for a better understanding of how to frame this section.

            Look at the given sample chef resume for a visual understanding of how the professional section on your pastry chef resume can be framed:

            Chef-resume-professional-experience

            Chef Resume: Education

            Most job profile requires certain educational qualification in some specific subject or course though it may not be necessary in some cases.

            This section needs to be framed as per the requirement of the target job, provided you possess the educational qualification.

            Your education section ideally requires the following details:

            • Name of the school/university you have attended
            • Name of the course/courses you have pursued
            • Location of your school/university
            • Date of enrollment and graduation from each course (month & year)

            Align the listed details in the format given below:

            {Name of the school/university} | {Location} | {Dates} (in month and year format) {Name of the degree} | {CGPA}

            Read our 2019 Guide to writing the education section on a resume for a better understanding of the importance of this section.

            Look at the chef resume sample given below to visually understand what an ideal education section looks like:

            Chef-resume-education

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            Chef Resume: Certifications

            This is an optional section wherein you can add details of your certifications. It may not be mandatory but it can have an impact on your chef resume.

            Adding your certifications can help add value to your professional experience and scholastic (education) background.

            Follow the order listed below to write your certificate section:

            • Name of the Certification Course
            • Name of the Affiliating Institution
            • Location of the Institute
            • Dates of enrollment and completion of the course in month & year format

            The following format should be followed to write the certifications on your culinary resume:

            {Name of certification} | {Affiliating Institution} | {Location} | {Date} (in month and year format)

            Given below is the chef resume sample to help you understand how your certifications section can be framed in your chef resumes:

            Chef-resume-certifications

            Read our 2019 Guide on how to list your certifications on a resume.

            Chef Resume: Additional Information

            You can add any additional information that may help your chef resume come to the notice of the recruiter.

            Any relevant hobby or as in most cases your ability to speak/write any other languages (apart from English) can be added in this section.

            Being able to speak other languages can help you communicate with staff or customers who are not familiar with the language that you speak.

            The chef resume sample given below can help you have a better insight into how your additional information can be framed:

            Chef-resume-additional-information

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            Chef Resume: Key Skills

            Picking the right skills and highlighting them in the key skill section of your sous chef resume can help boost your chances of getting in the good books of the recruiters.

            Your key skills section should be framed after scanning through your professional experience section.

            Pick out all the relevant skills that relate to the target job and place them in this section. Make sure that these skills are justified in your one-liner points.

            Listing out keywords used by the recruiter in the target job can help you rank high on the ATS which in return can raise your chance of being shortlisted.

            Look at the chef resume sample given below, to frame your skills section:

            Chef-resume-key-skills

            Read our 2019 Guide on how to list your skills on your resume to frame a flawless key skills section.

            Chef Resume Summary

            A summary of your sous chef resume should be written only if you have 3 years or above of professional experience.

            The summary in your chef resume is a brief explanation of how your previous organization benefited with the application of your skills. It clarifies the cause-effect relationship in your statements.

            Keep the following points in mind while writing your summary:

            • Your summary should start by mentioning the number of experience you have
            • Write only 3-4 lines to talk about your skills and experience in your summary
            • Mention the skills you applied to benefit the previous organization
            • Create cause-effect relations in your summary

            A well-framed summary can impress the recruiters to some point so make good use of this opportunity and get a step closer to your dream job.

            Here is the chef resume sample of how a summary should ideally look like:

            Chef-resume-summary

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            Chef Resume Objective

            The main reason for writing an objective section is to assure the recruiter that you will be useful to their organization.

            It is an important feature that gives a briefing of your efficiency, so make sure that you frame a proper chef resume objective.

            You should write your chef resume objective only if:

            • You have zero or less than 3 years of work experience
            • You are entering the workforce as a fresher
            • You are re-entering the workforce after an extended absence
            • You are shifting careers or industries

            For a detailed understanding of the chef resume objective, read Hiration's 2019 Guide on writing resume objectives on a resume.

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            • Compliance with industry norms
            • Content Relevance
            • Recruiter Friendliness
            • Design Compatibility
            • Conversion Scope
            • ATS Compliance
            • Global Compatibility
            • Performance Assessment
            • Resume Formatting (font, margins, the order of sections, etc.)
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            Key Takeaways

            Read the following important points to keep in mind and follow while creating your pharmacy technician resume:

            • Use the reverse-chronological format to layout your executive chef resume
            • Fill in your professional experience section with statements that create cause-effect relation
            • Start every point with a power verb for your statements to have more impact
            • Use bucketing & bolding style in all your one-liners
            • Avoid bulky and lengthy paragraphs as it may bore the recruiter
            • Write a summary if you work experience of 3 years or above and an objective for anything less than 3 years experience.
            • Give number figures whenever applicable to specify your achievement and contribution towards an organization
            • Provide only the required personal information as per the nature of the target job profile
            • Mention the specific time-line of your education and work experience

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