Chefs and Head Cooks

Career Overview

A chef is a professional cook. Very experienced chefs can branch out into specific styles of cooking and are usually the manager of restaurant kitchens. Use the search box to find videos by Chef Irv and Chef Chris (two different types of chefs).


Completing a two-year college program or four-year bachelor's degree in culinary arts or a related field may be required to obtain this position.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
High End:
$23,000 /yr
$43,000 /yr
$76,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Math
  • Art
  • English - as much as possible!
  • Communication
  • Culinary courses
Work Environment

Chefs and head cooks work in restaurants, private households, and other establishments where food is served. They often work early mornings, late evenings, weekends, and holidays. The work can be hectic and fast paced. Most chefs and head cooks work full time.

Future Outlook

The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada