Sobhan Mohmand, Career Expert 4 Oct 2023
As a head chef, you will be responsible for running the kitchen, including managing catering staff, setting menus, preparing food, ordering stock and budgeting.
There is high competition for this job so it is essential that you have a great head chef CV that stands out and is effective at portraying you as a strong candidate.
This guide has been created to give you all the necessary tools to help you write your perfect CV and secure more job interviews.
Let’s get started!
Tip: Use the CV template below as an example to help you write your own personal and fully-tailored CV.
225 Edward Street
Mob: 079 4563 7682 Email: [email protected]
I am a highly resourceful, flexible and motivated head chef with an enduring passion for cooking. I understand that a successful business is one that is efficient in using its resources to make a profit. In my current job, I successfully ran my kitchen to a strict budget ensuring that everyone involved kept to the guidelines around portion control and used stock effectively. I also firmly believe that customer satisfaction is the most important aspect of running a successful restaurant; hence, I like to ensure that the food that comes out of my kitchen is prepared and presented to the highest standard. My practical experience working in busy kitchens and my ever-growing passion towards food have made me flawless in executing culinary arts, management and customer relations.
|2010 – 2013||BA Culinary Arts Management||University of Bath||Grade achieved: [2:1]|
|2008 – 2010|
Results: Business Studies: A Economics: C Philosophy: B
|A Levels||Highfield College|
|2003 – 2008|
Results: 11 GCSEs at Grades A*-C.
|GCSEs||Charter Grammar School|
|Jan 2016 – Present||Head Chef The Pavilion|
Main duties performed:
|Jul 2013 – Dec 2015||Chef Ivory Hotel|
Main duties performed:
|July 2012- Nov 2012||Kitchen Associate The Hen and Chickens|
Main duties performed:
In my spare time, I like to explore foreign cuisines and new cultures. This hobby of mine often inspires me to create new dishes which I can then introduce in the restaurant. My other hobbies include reading, playing tennis and keeping up with current affairs.
Please note: the above CV example is presented in the UK format and layout.
The personal details section is located at the top of your CV.
It contains the following details about you:
The next part of your CV is the personal profile section.
Your personal profile is a short statement, around 3-4 lines, that gives an overall summary of your personal characteristics and why the employer should consider you for the position.
It’s an important introduction to your CV and it’s vital that you write a powerful personal profile that will impress the employer and result in a job interview invitation.
I am a highly professional, creative and multi-skilled Head Chef with over 10 years of experience in the hospitality industry. I am passionate about food, cooking and working with colleagues to produce the best menus, dishes and specials. I am passionate about customer service and exceeding the high expectations of clients and customers. Under my leadership, chefs and other kitchen staff thrive in the busy kitchen environment and sales have increased for the past three consecutive years.
To make your CV more effective, list down your main achievements or accomplishments in this prominent location after the personal profile statement. Your achievements will grab the attention of the employer as they scan through your CV from the top to bottom, and encourage them to continue reading.
The employment section should contain the details of your employment and work experience to date. Old or irrelevant jobs should be omitted. For each job, you should write down your job title, start and end dates, employer name and your main duties, responsibilities and achievements.
|Feb 2019 – Present||Head chef Spire Hotel, Manchester|
Main duties and responsibilities performed:
List here all your education and training, including degrees and college-level courses.
Each entry should contain the following information; the name of the course, institution, start and end dates and relevant modules/units (if applicable). Information should be presented in reverse chronological order (i.e. start with the most recent).
|2014 – 2016||Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Professional Cookery (Preparation and Cooking)||Dewsbury College|
|2012 – 2014|
Results: 7 GCSEs at Grades A*-C, including Maths and English.
|GCSEs||Dawlish Community College|
The qualifications section of your CV should contain a list of additional qualifications that you have gained on top of the education that you have listed in the previous section. Mostly, these are professional training qualifications.
Next, write down a list of your key skills and competencies that will help you in the job that you are applying for. Look through the job specifications/advert to find out which skills are required for the job and incorporate them in your CV if appropriate.
The hobbies and interests section of your CV is an excellent opportunity to add some personal touch to your CV and demonstrate that you are an all-rounded person who is also engaged in extracurricular activities.
Only include interests that are relevant to the job and add value to your CV.
If in doubt, leave it out!
The references section should contain details of two referees, people who know you, have worked with you and can vouch for you to the employer.
Each entry in the references section should have the following information:
If you don’t have space or do not wish to disclose your references at this early stage in the recruitment process, you can simply write, “References are available upon request.”
If you have followed all the guidelines and tips in this guide, you should now have an impressive head chef CV that will get you job interviews in no time.
Good luck with your job hunt!