MockQuestions MockQuestions
Job interview preparation
Sign in
Upgrade
Career Interviews
Interview Topics
Company Interviews
Close

Top 35 Chef Interview Questions

Question 1 of 36
How do you develop strong relationships with your vendors?
Professional Answer
Want to see the answers?
Upgrade
Upgrade to view Answers
Question 2 of 36
In the past, how involved have you been when it comes to managing food costs?
Professional Answers Preview
How to Answer
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."
More professional answers available after the upgrade
Upgrade
Question 3 of 36
If food cost were not an issue, what item would you add to our menu?
Professional Answers Preview
How to Answer
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."
More professional answers available after the upgrade
Upgrade
Question 4 of 36
Walk me through your experience as a Chef.
Professional Answers Preview
How to Answer
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.

Answer Example
"
More professional answers available after the upgrade
Upgrade
Question 5 of 36
If you could make changes to our menu, what would you do first?
Professional Answers Preview
How to Answer
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."
More professional answers available after the upgrade
Upgrade
Question 6 of 36
What do you know about our restaurant, and this position?
Professional Answer
Want to see the answers?
Upgrade
Upgrade to view Answers
Question 7 of 36
The culinary industry is fast changing. How do you keep up with new food trends?
Professional Answer
Want to see the answers?
Upgrade
Upgrade to view Answers
Question 8 of 36
Who, or what, inspired you to become a Chef?
Professional Answer
Want to see the answers?
Upgrade
Upgrade to view Answers
Question 9 of 36
Being a Chef requires strong leadership skills. How many employees have you led in the past?
Professional Answer
Want to see the answers?
Upgrade
Upgrade to view Answers
Question 10 of 36
What is your favorite dish to make?
Professional Answer
Want to see the answers?
Upgrade
Upgrade to view Answers

Practice More Interviews

Behavioral
We all have some behaviors that are typical of us and which sometimes results ...
Common
There are some questions that employers ask at almost every interview. ...
Communication
Communication skills are essential for any workplace to function efficiently. ...
Leadership
If you are interviewing for any type of leadership role; prepare with our ...
Management
Our management questions are designed for any interview for a position ...
Teamwork
This set of questions aims to ascertain what your idea of teamwork is and ...

Related Career Interviews

Baker
In professional kitchens, bakers are responsible for baking a wide range of savory and sweet baked items, from bread, pies, and rolls to cakes, cookies, and pastries. Their tasks include measuring and ...
Restaurant Manager
Restaurant management is the profession of managing a restaurant. Associate, bachelor, and graduate degree programs are offered in restaurant management by community colleges, junior colleges, and some ...
Kitchen Manager
Kitchen managers are responsible for overseeing the operations in professional kitchens and ensuring that everything runs smoothly with minimum mistakes, accidents, equipment problems and staff issues. ...
Kitchen Helper
Kitchen helpers work directly under the head cook or kitchen supervisor. Kitchen helpers perform a variety of tasks in the kitchen, from assisting with food preparation and cooking to food handling and ...
Pastry Chef
Pastry chefs are culinary professionals with specialist knowledge and skills in preparing all types of cakes, cookies, and pastries. Pastry chefs may work solo in small specialty bakeries or as part of ...
Bakery Deliverer
Delivery truck drivers and driver/sales workers pick up, transport, and drop off packages within a small region or urban area. Most of the time, they transport merchandise from a distribution center to ...
Cook
Cooks prepare, season, and cook a wide range of foods. Large restaurants and food service establishments often have varied menus and large kitchen staffs. Teams of restaurant cooks, sometimes called ...
Food Preparation Worker
Food preparation workers perform many routine tasks under the direction of cooks, chefs, or food service managers. Food preparation workers prepare cold foods, slice meat, peel and cut vegetables, brew ...
Food Service Manager
Food service managers are responsible for the daily operation of restaurants and other establishments that prepare and serve food and beverages. They direct staff to ensure that customers are satisfied ...
View More Careers
Question 11 of 36
Are you applying for any other jobs?
Professional Answer
Want to see the answers?
Upgrade
Upgrade to view Answers
Question 12 of 36
How do you motivate your team, even on the most stressful days?
Professional Answer
Want to see the answers?
Upgrade
Upgrade to view Answers
Question 13 of 36
When would you be available to start?
Professional Answer
Want to see the answers?
Upgrade
Upgrade to view Answers
Question 14 of 36
Why should we hire you as our next Chef?
Professional Answer
Want to see the answers?
Upgrade
Upgrade to view Answers
Question 15 of 36
What was your least favorite job? Why?
Professional Answer
Want to see the answers?
Upgrade
Upgrade to view Answers
Question 16 of 36
What was your greatest cost-cutting measurement you accomplished at your previous employer?
Professional Answer
Want to see the answers?
Upgrade
Upgrade to view Answers
Question 17 of 36
What was the biggest change you have had to deal with in your career?
Professional Answer
Want to see the answers?
Upgrade
Upgrade to view Answers
Question 18 of 36
Would you consider yourself a creative person?
Professional Answer
Want to see the answers?
Upgrade
Upgrade to view Answers
Question 19 of 36
How do you define success?
Professional Answer
Want to see the answers?
Upgrade
Upgrade to view Answers
Question 20 of 36
Do you feel performance should be rewarded over experience?
Professional Answer
Want to see the answers?
Upgrade
Upgrade to view Answers
Question 21 of 36
Tell me about a time when communication became an issue during a team project.
Professional Answer
Want to see the answers?
Upgrade
Upgrade to view Answers
Question 22 of 36
Describe to me your method of convincing others to see things your way.
Professional Answer
Want to see the answers?
Upgrade
Upgrade to view Answers
Question 23 of 36
What are your salary expectations?
Professional Answer
Want to see the answers?
Upgrade
Upgrade to view Answers
Question 24 of 36
Tell me about the most challenging aspect of your current position as a Chef.
Professional Answer
Want to see the answers?
Upgrade
Upgrade to view Answers
Question 25 of 36
Tell me one valuable kitchen related skill that you are currently working on.
Professional Answer
Want to see the answers?
Upgrade
Upgrade to view Answers
Question 26 of 36
How do you like to be recognized for your accomplishments?
Professional Answer
Want to see the answers?
Upgrade
Upgrade to view Answers
Question 27 of 36
When you suffer a setback in the kitchen, how does that emotionally affect you and your work?
Professional Answer
Want to see the answers?
Upgrade
Upgrade to view Answers
Question 28 of 36
Describe for me a time when you made the wrong career decision. How did you correct your misstep?
Professional Answer
Want to see the answers?
Upgrade
Upgrade to view Answers
Question 29 of 36
Being a Chef requires strong commitment to the restaurant's hours. Would you be willing to work over 40 hours a week?
Professional Answer
Want to see the answers?
Upgrade
Upgrade to view Answers
Question 30 of 36
How do you handle communicating bad news to a team member, or your manager?
Professional Answer
Want to see the answers?
Upgrade
Upgrade to view Answers
Question 31 of 36
How would you describe your personality?
Professional Answer
Want to see the answers?
Upgrade
Upgrade to view Answers
Question 32 of 36
How many days were you absent from work last year?
Professional Answer
Want to see the answers?
Upgrade
Upgrade to view Answers
Question 33 of 36
Describe to me your ideal employer.
Professional Answer
Want to see the answers?
Upgrade
Upgrade to view Answers
Question 34 of 36
Tell me your favorite part of being a leader.
Professional Answer
Want to see the answers?
Upgrade
Upgrade to view Answers
Question 35 of 36
If you had $50,000 to build your own business, what would you do?
Professional Answer
Want to see the answers?
Upgrade
Upgrade to view Answers
Question 36 of 36
Do you ever use your sense of humor to diffuse a situation at work?
Professional Answer
Want to see the answers?
Upgrade
Upgrade to view Answers

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.

Print all Chef Interview Questions