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Sous Chef

Job Zone

Education
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€20k > 34
Sous Chef
Salary Range
(thousands per year)*
€20 - 34
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Last Updated: March, 2017

* The lower figures typically reflect starting salaries. Higher salaries are awarded to those with greater experience and responsibility. Positions in Dublin sometimes command higher salaries.
Shortage Indicator

5%
Occupational Category

Chefs & Cooks

Also included in this category:

Chef-managers; head chefs; pastry chefs; cook-supervisors; head cooks

Number Employed:

28,200

Part time workers: 25%
Aged over 55: 8%
Male / Female: 66 / 34%
Non-Nationals: 43%
With Third Level: 46%
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The second in command after the Executive Chef in a professional kitchen


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The Sous Chef is the second in command in a professional kitchen, after the Executive Chef.

S/he answers to the chef, but also has a level of authority over the other kitchen staff.

The terms that relate to cooking and cuisine in a professional setting are usully French. 'Sous' is a French word meaning 'under' - so as the title implies, the Sous Chef works directly under the leader of the kitchen.

If the Chef is unavailable or on a night off, the Sous Chef is in command. The kitchen staff are expected to offer the same respect to the Sous Chef as they would to the Chef.

A Sous Chef may work in the role for several years with the aim of moving up to become an Executive Chef. The role is considered practical training for career progression.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported tasks and activities for this occupation

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Monitor sanitation practices to ensure that employees follow standards and regulations.

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Check the quality of raw or cooked food products to ensure that standards are met.

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Estimate amounts and costs of required supplies, such as food and ingredients.

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Instruct cooks or other workers in the preparation, cooking, garnishing, or presentation of food.

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Supervise or coordinate activities of cooks or workers engaged in food preparation.

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Inspect supplies, equipment, or work areas to ensure conformance to established standards.

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Order or requisition food or other supplies needed to ensure efficient operation.

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Determine production schedules and staff requirements necessary to ensure timely delivery of services.

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Check the quantity and quality of received products.

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Determine how food should be presented and create decorative food displays.

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The following is a list of the most commonly reported work activities in this occupation.

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Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work: Developing specific goals and plans to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.

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Handling and Moving Objects: Using hands and arms in handling, installing, positioning, and moving materials, and manipulating things.

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Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships: Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.

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Coaching and Developing Others: Identifying the developmental needs of others and coaching, mentoring, or otherwise helping others to improve their knowledge or skills.

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Thinking Creatively: Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

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Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates: Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.

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Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates: Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.

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Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others: Handling complaints, settling disputes, and resolving grievances and conflicts, or otherwise negotiating with others.

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Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others: Getting members of a group to work together to accomplish tasks.

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Training and Teaching Others: Identifying the educational needs of others, developing formal educational or training programs or classes, and teaching or instructing others.


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The following is a list of the five most commonly reported knowledge areas for this occupation.

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Food Production: Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.

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Production and Processing: Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

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Customer and Personal Service: Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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Education and Training: Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

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Mathematics: Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.


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The following is a list of the most commonly reported skills used in this occupation.

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Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

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Coordination: Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

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Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

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Social Perceptiveness: Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

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Management of Personnel Resources: Motivating, developing, and directing people as they work, identifying the best people for the job.

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Time Management: Managing one's own time and the time of others.

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Active Learning: Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

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Negotiation: Bringing others together and trying to reconcile differences.

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Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

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Organisation: Fáilte Ireland
Address: Amiens Street, Dublin 1
Tel: (01) 884 7700
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