Chef de cuisine

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Chef de cuisine
Namesexecutive chef
Occupation type
Activity sectors
CompetenciesFood expert, kitchen planning, management skills and Maintains full control of the kitchen staff.
Fields of
Restaurant, Cruise and hotel

Chef de cuisine or executive chef is the main chef in a restaurant. The chef de cuisine is in charge of all other functional chefs in the kitchen. This position is also known as grand chef, chef manager, head chef, or master chef.[1][2]


The chef de cuisine is in charge of all activities related to the kitchen, which usually includes creating menus, managing kitchen staff, ordering and purchasing stock and equipment, and plating design. Chef de cuisine is the traditional French term from which the English word chef is derived. Head chef is often used to designate someone with the same duties as an executive chef but, in larger restaurants there is usually someone in charge of a head chef who makes executive decisions such as the direction of the menu, has final authority regarding staff hiring and management decisions and sets the overall tone and style of the restaurant. This is often the case for executive chefs who are in charge of several restaurants.


  1. ^ Carly Cooper (10 June 2014). "Restaurant Eugene turns ten, Brian Jones promoted to chef de cuisine". Atlanta Magazine. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014.
  2. ^ Amanda Gold (8 June 2014). "French Laundry chef Thomas Keller's recipe for success". SFGate.

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