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Top 35 Chef Interview Questions
Question 1 of 36
How do you develop strong relationships with your vendors?
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Question 1 of 36
How do you develop strong relationships with your vendors?
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"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."
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!
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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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"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."
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.
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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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Question 4 of 36
Walk me through your experience as a Chef.
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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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Question 6 of 36
What do you know about our restaurant, and this position?
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Question 7 of 36
The culinary industry is fast changing. How do you keep up with new food trends?
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Question 8 of 36
Who, or what, inspired you to become a Chef?
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Question 9 of 36
Being a Chef requires strong leadership skills. How many employees have you led in the past?
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Question 10 of 36
What is your favorite dish to make?
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Question 11 of 36
Are you applying for any other jobs?
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Question 12 of 36
How do you motivate your team, even on the most stressful days?
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Question 13 of 36
When would you be available to start?
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Question 14 of 36
Why should we hire you as our next Chef?
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Question 15 of 36
What was your least favorite job? Why?
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Question 16 of 36
What was your greatest cost-cutting measurement you accomplished at your previous employer?
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Question 17 of 36
What was the biggest change you have had to deal with in your career?
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Question 18 of 36
Would you consider yourself a creative person?
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Question 19 of 36
How do you define success?
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Question 20 of 36
Do you feel performance should be rewarded over experience?
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Question 21 of 36
Tell me about a time when communication became an issue during a team project.
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Question 22 of 36
Describe to me your method of convincing others to see things your way.
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Question 23 of 36
What are your salary expectations?
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Question 24 of 36
Tell me about the most challenging aspect of your current position as a Chef.
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Question 25 of 36
Tell me one valuable kitchen related skill that you are currently working on.
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Question 26 of 36
How do you like to be recognized for your accomplishments?
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Question 27 of 36
When you suffer a setback in the kitchen, how does that emotionally affect you and your work?
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Question 28 of 36
Describe for me a time when you made the wrong career decision. How did you correct your misstep?
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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?
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Question 30 of 36
How do you handle communicating bad news to a team member, or your manager?
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Question 31 of 36
How would you describe your personality?
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Question 32 of 36
How many days were you absent from work last year?
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Question 33 of 36
Describe to me your ideal employer.
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Question 34 of 36
Tell me your favorite part of being a leader.
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Question 35 of 36
If you had $50,000 to build your own business, what would you do?
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Question 36 of 36
Do you ever use your sense of humor to diffuse a situation at work?
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