Being the youngest of 15 children, Steve found that he was always quite shy. He wanted to be either a footballer or a chef "'cos I came from a large family, and I was never allowed in the kitchen, so I was always curious how food was delivered on a plate. He decribes having children as a massive turning point for him and says "In any trade you go to you get knocked back, you make mistakes, but I believe the best way to correct your mistakes is to learn from them".
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DescriptionChefs plan menus and prepare, or oversee the preparation of food in hotels, restaurants, clubs, private households and other establishments.
QualificationsThere are no formal academic requirements. Training is provided off- and on-the-job. NVQs/ SVQs, BTEC Certificates and Diplomas and foundation degrees are available. Apprenticeships leading to an NVQ/SVQ at Level 3 are also available. Courses are also run by private cookery schools.
- Requisitions or purchases and examines foodstuffs from suppliers to ensure quality;
- Plans menus, prepares, seasons and cooks foodstuffs or oversees their preparation and monitors the quality of finished dishes;
- Supervises, organises and instructs kitchen staff and manages the whole kitchen or an area of the kitchen;
- Ensures relevant hygiene and health and safety standards are maintained within the kitchen;
- Plans and co-ordinates kitchen work such as fetching, clearing and cleaning of equipment and utensils.
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