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36 Chef Interview Questions
Question 1 of 36
How do you develop strong relationships with your vendors?
How to Answer
The interviewer wants to be assured that you are able to create and maintain strong vendor relationships. When you have strong relationships with your vendors, you are able to take advantage of great pricing, have first dibs on new specials, and even promotional product. Talk about your experience developing vendor relationships and if you'd like, you can even offer up a vendor reference!

Answer Example
"I have 9 years experience working directly with vendors. My reputation is strong among local vendors and I understand the importance of keeping strong working relationships with them. If you would like, I have a great reference with XYZ and they would be happy to speak about our relationship and how it's developed over the years."
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Question 2 of 36
In the past, how involved have you been when it comes to managing food costs?
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The interviewer would like to better understand your level of exposure to managing food costs. Talk about any experience that you have with managing food costs, preventing food waste, and improving inventory cycles. This is also a good time to mention any food inventory software or applications that you have used in previous positions.

Answer Example
"I have been very hands on with managing food costs, for the past 7 years of my career. In my current role, I created a new inventory cycle and ordering method in order to reduce waste. In my first year with my current company, I reduced food waste by 16% in the first 6 months."
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Question 3 of 36
If food cost were not an issue, what item would you add to our menu?
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This question is giving the interviewer an idea on your level of creativity and excitement when it comes to menu creation. There is no right or wrong answer here but you do need to show enthusiasm in your answer. If you can make the interviewer's mouth water with your delicious ideas, even better!

Answer Example
"I find that culinary trends are becoming simpler; however, people want unique flavor combinations. If cost were not issue I would love to do premium kobe beef, black pepper, and truffle burgers. I think it's a fun twist on a classic plate, and it feels decadent without the need to be fine dining."
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Question 4 of 36
Walk me through your experience as a Chef.
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Many interviewers will start off with this question, which could throw you off a bit. You've done all of this research on the company but have you prepared to talk about yourself?

The interviewer is looking for relevant information that shows you are qualified for this position in their restaurant.

Respond by mentioning your education, how many years of experience you have as a Chef, and be sure give some details about your most current position. Conclude your response with a statement about what you are looking for in a position at this time.

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Question 5 of 36
If you could make changes to our menu, what would you do first?
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The interviewer wants to see that you are able to give suggestions; however, they are not asking you to pick apart their existing menu. Show that you have researched their menu and offer a couple of ideas that would be enticing to them. The suggestions could be through current trends in cuisine, or perhaps some cost savings. Be sure to compliment the restaurant on what they are doing right!

Answer Example
"I like many facets of your menu. It's creative and on trend. If I could make any changes to your menu I would make a couple of ingredient changes that are even more on trend right now. I also see opportunity for potential cost savings on a couple of your menu items."
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Rachelle Enns is an executive head-hunter and job search expert. Utilized by top executives from Fortune 100 & 500 companies like Fitbit, Microsoft, General Electric, Nestle, and more, she helps professionals position themselves in a competitive marketplace. Rachelle founded Renovate My Resume, a company that focuses on helping job seekers get their edge back. Renovate My Resume creates stand-out resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles and professional summaries for new grads, all the way to corporate executives. Rachelle spends much of her time training career coaches, recruiters, and resume writers. She also holds interview workshops for students and interns, globally. For great tips and tricks, follow Rachelle on Instagram @_rachelle_e or @renovatemyresume.
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Ryan Brown, is the creator of MockQuestions. He has over ten years experience creating interview questions. His website has helped over 10 million job seekers in their interview preparation.
First written on: 08/25/2010
Last modified on: 08/21/2018

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About Chef

August 28th, 2017

A chef is a culinary expert. In professional settings such as restaurant and cafe kitchens, they are in charge of the kitchen and kitchen staff oversee the food preparation. Chefs are responsible for every aspect of the kitchen, from planning menus, developing recipes and creating visually appealing presentations to checking the freshness of supplies and supervising other kitchen staff.
Formal training to become a chef is available through culinary arts schools, technical schools, 4-year degree colleges and community colleges. Chefs must have strong leadership, communication, aesthetic, and business skills. They must also be highly creative and have a keen sense of taste and smell to create recipes and menus that their patrons enjoy. Knowledge of sanitary practices in the kitchen, food preservation and safety protocol related to using sharp and hot equipment in the kitchen is crucial.
Why do you want to be a chef? Do you have what it takes to be an outstanding chef? Are you familiar with a wide range of cuisines or do you specialize in any one specific cuisine? These are some of the questions that are typically asked at interviews held to hire chefs. To see more such questions, go to Mock Questions.