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1. How do you develop strong relationships with your vendors?
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List of Chef Interview Questions
  1. How do you develop strong relationships with your vendors?
  2. In the past, how involved have you been when it comes to managing food costs?
  3. If food cost were not an issue, what item would you add to our menu?
  4. Walk me through your experience as a Chef.
  5. If you could make changes to our menu, what would you do first?
  6. What do you know about our restaurant, and this position?
  7. The culinary industry is fast changing. How do you keep up with new food trends?
  8. Who, or what, inspired you to become a Chef?
  9. Being a Chef requires strong leadership skills. How many employees have you led in the past?
  10. What is your favorite dish to make?
  11. Are you applying for any other jobs?
  12. How do you motivate your team, even on the most stressful days?
  13. When would you be available to start?
  14. Why should we hire you as our next Chef?
  15. What was your least favorite job? Why?
  16. What was your greatest cost-cutting measurement you accomplished at your previous employer?
  17. What was the biggest change you have had to deal with in your career?
  18. Would you consider yourself a creative person?
  19. How do you define success?
  20. Do you feel performance should be rewarded over experience?
  21. Tell me about a time when communication became an issue during a team project.
  22. Describe to me your method of convincing others to see things your way.
  23. What are your salary expectations?
  24. Tell me about the most challenging aspect of your current position as a Chef.
  25. Tell me one valuable kitchen related skill that you are currently working on.
  26. How do you like to be recognized for your accomplishments?
  27. When you suffer a setback in the kitchen, how does that emotionally affect you and your work?
  28. Describe for me a time when you made the wrong career decision. How did you correct your misstep?
  29. Being a Chef requires strong commitment to the restaurant's hours. Would you be willing to work over 40 hours a week?
  30. How do you handle communicating bad news to a team member, or your manager?
  31. How would you describe your personality?
  32. How many days were you absent from work last year?
  33. Describe to me your ideal employer.
  34. Tell me your favorite part of being a leader.
  35. If you had $50,000 to build your own business, what would you do?
  36. Do you ever use your sense of humor to diffuse a situation at work?
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Rachelle Enns
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Diana D'Souza
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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.
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