Chef Resume Keywords and Skills (Hard Skills)

Here are the keywords and skills that appear most frequently on recent Chef job postings. In other words, these are the most sought after skills by recruiters and hiring managers. Go to Sample Templates ↓ below to see how to include them on your resume.

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Resume Skills: Cuisine Techniques

Resume Skills: Culinary

Resume Skills: Software Tools

Resume Skills: Cooking Utensils

Resume Skills: Cuisine

Resume Skills: Baking & Decorating Techniques

Resume Skills: Pastry Software & Equipment

Resume Skills: Food Safety & Sanitation

Resume Skills: Languages

Resume Skills: Kitchen Equipment

Resume Skills: Dietary Specialties

Resume Skills: Kitchen Management

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Sample Chef Resume Examples: How To Include These Skills

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Your Name
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
Four Seasons Hotel July 2017 - Present
Executive Chef
Introduced a new Mediterranean cuisine menu which increased the restaurant’s revenue by $500k within the first six months
Innovated and fine-tuned food preparation procedures, elevating food safety standards and reducing kitchen operation time by 25%
Developed strategic catering services for local events, contributing to a 30% increase in banquet revenue
Nurtured relationships with suppliers to ensure high quality of ingredients, reducing food waste by 20%
Led a team of 15 chefs and wait staff, cultivating a culture of customer service and team efficiency August 2015 - July 2017
Sous Chef
Collaborated in menu development and costing, increasing profit margins by 35%
Managed inventory and controlled food cost, saving the company $2k per month
Trained new staff on proper food preparation, food safety, and sanitation guidelines reducing training costs by 15%
Resume Worded January 2013 - August 2015
Line Cook
Mastered recipe development and fine dining presentation increasing customer satisfaction by 40%
Maintained the highest standards of cleanliness and hospitality, contributing to retaining a five-star health and safety rating
Aided in cooking and food preparation, reducing order serving time by 15%
Resume Worded University January 2013
Master's Degree in Culinary Arts
Specialization in international cuisine
Resume Worded Institute August 2015
Certified Executive Chef (CEC)
Acquired through the American Culinary Federation
Culinary Techniques: Grilling, Baking, Steaming, Sauteing, Roasting, Smoking, Sous vide, Microwaving
Cooking Utensils: Knife Skills, ThermoWorks Thermopop, iSi Cream Whipper, Immersion Circulator, Chef's Torch
Cuisine: French, Italian, Japanese, Casual American, Vegan, Gluten-Free
Software Tools: ChefTec, CJL, KDS, Bevintel, Aloha POS
Certifications: Certified Food Protection Professional (CFPP), ServSafe Food Handler, TIPS Alcohol Certification
Leadership & Volunteering: Meal Prep Volunteer at local community center, Mentor to new chefs at Resume Worded
Courses: Advanced Wine and Beverage Business Management, Nutrition in Restaurants and Food Service
Speaking Engagements: Guest Speaker at the National Restaurant Association Show, Panelist at the International Chef Congress
Your Name
Pastry Chef
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
Hilton Hotels & Resorts February 2019 - Present
Head Pastry Chef
Oversaw design and execution of exquisite pastry displays for exclusive events leading to a 50% increase in bookings
Implemented high-quality recipes and ingredient sourcing, boosting customer delight and revisits
Managed efficient rostering and shift management for a team of 10 chefs
Grew pastry sales by 35% by innovating popular items and reducing production costs
Implemented stringent food safety procedures for pastry preparation and storage, minimizing wastage by 15% and meeting top-tier health codes consistently December 2016 - February 2019
Pastry Sous Chef
Created seasonal dessert menus incorporating on-trend flavours and techniques, resulting in a 20% increase in dessert sales
Managed pastry inventory leading to a reduction of overstocked materials by 30%
Led a team in high-volume, fast-paced operations, maintaining quality and efficiency
Resume Worded May 2014 - December 2016
Assistant Pastry Chef
Aided in the introduction of a new breakfast bakery line, increasing morning sales by 10%
Maintained high standards of food safety and cleanliness conforming to terminally stringent health code laws
Contributed to the creation of the bakery's signature pastry increasing brand recognition and consumer loyalty
Resume Worded Institute April 2020
Certificate in Advanced Culinary Arts
Specialization in baking and pastry arts
Resume Worded University May 2014
Bachelor of Science in Culinary Arts Management
Achieved Dean's List for five consecutive semesters
Emphasis on Dessert and Pastry Design
Baking & Decorating Techniques: Choux pastry, Laminated doughs, Plated desserts, Chocolate tempering, Sugar work, Fondant molding
Pastry Software & Equipment: KitchenAid, Thermomix, Convection ovens, Baking scales, Pastries Pro (software), Dessert Design Suite (software)
Food Safety & Sanitation: ServSafe Certification, HACCP standards, Cross-contamination prevention, Allergen awareness, Personal hygiene, Cleaning protocols
Languages: English (Native), French (Conversational), Spanish (Conversational)
Certifications: ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification (2019), Certified Wedding Cake Designer (2017)
Leadership & Volunteering: Culinary Lead, Cakes For Kids Charity Event (2018-Present), Cooking Committee Member, Local Food Bank (2016-2018)
Awards: Best Dessert Creation, National Baking Championship 2020, Creativity in Pastry Award, Hilton Hotels & Resorts 2019
Projects: Development of new dessert menu for Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Recipe creation for popular baking blog, 'The Sweet Kitchen'
Your Name
Culinary Manager
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
Marriott International March 2017 - Present
Culinary Operations Manager
Managed food and beverage operations across five dining venues within the hotel, generating over $5M in annual sales
Led restaurant management efforts, driving 30% increase in overall customer satisfaction scores
Revamped menu development process to incorporate a more diverse range of cuisines, subsequently increasing restaurant traffic by 15%
Overseen banquet operations for five-star hotel events, managing up to 1000 guests
Developed an integrated food safety system, improving compliance with regulations by 100% December 2015 - February 2017
Chef de Cuisine
Headed a team of 20 culinary professionals in the kitchen, driving increased team efficiency
Developed recipes and techniques for food preparation and presentation which increased repeat business by 25%
Implemented and supervised the hotel’s food safety and handling procedures, ensuring 100% compliance within the kitchen team
Resume Worded January 2015 - December 2015
Kitchen Manager
Conducted quality control for food deliveries ensuring high standards of food quality and safety
Streamlined kitchen operations, reducing food waste by 10%
Managed customer complaints professionally and tactfully, maintaining high-level customer service standards
Resume Worded University June 2016
Master of Culinary Management
Specialized in Operational Efficiency
Resume Worded Academic Center May 2014
Professional Certificate in Culinary Arts
Focus on International Cuisine
Part-Time alongside full-time job
Cuisine Techniques: Sous Vide, Braising, Grilling, Roasting, Baking, Steaming
Culinary Software: ChefTec, CostGuard, CalcuEasy, Orderly, MarketMan, Kounta POS
Kitchen Equipment: Commercial Grills, Salamanders, Immersion Circulators, Sous Vide Machines, Blenders, Mixers
Languages: English (Native), French (Conversational), Italian (Basic)
Certifications: ServSafe Manager Certification, HACCP Certification
Awards: Best Chef of the Year- Marriott International, Star Chef -
Leadership & Volunteering: Cooking Class Facilitator for Community Center
Projects: Created and Executed New Menu Items for Marriott International,
Your Name
Culinary Instructor
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
Resume Worded June 2018 - Present
Culinary Instructor
Revitalized culinary program through comprehensive recipe development, leading to 45% increase in course enrollment.
Integration of Sanitation and Food Safety in teaching modules resulted in 30% reduction of health and safety incidents.
Developed a new teaching methodology that fostered culinary education, making students 35% more efficient in their practical exams.
Redesigned the class catering menu leading to a 50% increase in orders and boosted course visibility.
Successfully coordinated with local fine dining restaurants for student internships, providing real-time experience for 75% of students.
Hilton Hotels January 2016 - May 2018
Culinary Manager
Introduced menu costing techniques increasing profitability by 15%.
Led kitchen operations resulting in 20% improved Banquet Operations efficiency.
Increased customer satisfaction rates by 30% through implementation of new cooking techniques and menu items.
Marriott International February 2012 - December 2015
Pastry Chef
Innovated a series of low-sugar pastry items that increased dessert sales by 25%.
Earned a ServSafe food handler certificate leading to 30% improved kitchen safety.
Conducted weekly baking workshops for junior chefs enhancing team building and skill development.
Resume Worded University June 2015
Master of Culinary Arts
Specialization in Pastry Design
Resume Worded Academic Center May 2018
Certified Culinary Educator (CCE)
Completed while working full-time as a Culinary Manager
Culinary Techniques: Baking, Grilling, Sauteing, Poaching, Roasting, Fermenting
Culinary Software Knowledge: ChefTec, Cook'n Recipe Organizer, BevSpot, Toast POS, Prep Sheets
Additional Skills: Ingredient Sourcing, Health & Safety Compliance, Menu Development, Kitchen Equipment Maintenance, Supply Chain Management, Quality Control and Assurance
Languages: English (Native), Spanish (Fluent), French (Conversational)
Certifications: ServSafe Food Handler Certification & ServSafe Manager Certification
Competitions: Grand prize winner - 'Taste of Hilton' Culinary Competition (2017), Semi-finalist - 'Marriott's Chef Challenge' (2014)
Volunteering: Volunteer Instructor, Cooking for a Cause (Teaching culinary arts to underprivileged youth) - 2015-present
Your Name
Lead Culinary Instructor
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
EXPERIENCE April 2017 - Present
Lead Culinary Instructor
Reformed culinary program course materials, incorporating practical engagement and boosting student participation by 60%.
Led a team of five culinary instructors enhancing team coordination and effectiveness.
Successfully managed annual culinary events with student participation, increasing external sponsorships by 40%.
Incorporated food and beverage study units leading to students' comprehensive exposure to the industry.
Devised complementary culinary education strategies, increasing student real-time industry awareness by 25%.
Four Seasons Hotels January 2015 - March 2017
Culinary Operations Manager
Improved cooking processes and techniques, resulting in increased customer satisfaction by 45%.
Managed a team of 20 kitchen staff efficiently reducing kitchen operational cost by 15%.
Rewrote the hospitality management module for staff training purposes, leading to improved service quality.
InterContinental Hotels July 2011 - December 2014
Executive Sous Chef
Devised new recipes reducing food preparation time by 20%, improving kitchen efficiency.
Led a team of 10 chefs ensuring timely delivery of orders and hotel banquet operations.
Streamlined procurement processes increasing supply chain efficiency by 30%.
Resume Worded Academic Center June 2016
Master of Culinary Arts
Emphasis on international culinary techniques
Resume Worded University May 2011
Bachelor's Degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management
Specialization in Culinary Arts Management
Dean's List 2010-2011
Culinary Skills: Menu Planning, Recipe Development, Meal Preparation, Food Presentation, Special Diet Cookery, Bakery and Pastry Arts
Management: Inventory Management, Training & Development, Team Building, Event Management, Budgeting, Procurement
Software: Kitchen Software (KDS), Restaurant Management Software (RMS), Microsoft Office Suite
Health & Safety: Sanitation Guidelines, Food Safety, First Aid, Fire Safety Principles
Certifications: Certified Executive Chef (CEC) from the American Culinary Federation
Leadership & Volunteering: Organizer for annual fundraising dinner, New York Foodies United
Awards: Awarded ‘For Innovation in Menu Design’ by the National Restaurant Association
Courses: Continuous learning via courses: Advanced Wine Pairing (August 2019), French Pastry Techniques (March 2018)
Your Name
Senior Culinary Specialist
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
Resume Worded July 2019 - Present
Senior Culinary Specialist
Orchestrated culinary demonstrations to students increasing student interest by 70%.
Implemented a comprehensive culinary management course, improving course enrolment by 45%.
Launched a new online module for menu development and planning, leading to students' improved practical learning.
Spearheaded Annual Culinary Event for students, gathering culinary professionals from the industry and boosting community engagement.
Coordinated fine dining culinary tour for students, presenting an overview of high-end culinary expectations and responsibilities.
Hyatt Regency March 2016 - June 2019
Executive Chef
Reformulated in-house menu driving an increase in sales by 45%.
Implemented cost-effective ordering processes, reducing annual food expenditure by 20%.
Enhanced food safety protocols leading to 25% less safety incidents on premises.
IHG Hotels January 2013 - February 2016
Junior Sous Chef
Improved food preparation efficiency by 30% by integrating innovative cooking techniques.
Refined front house hospitality measures enhancing customer satisfaction by 40%.
Streamlined banquet operations for large-scale property events, handling up to 500 guests per event.
Resume Worded University December 2019
Master's in Culinary Arts
Focus on Advanced Culinary Techniques
Resume Worded Institute December 2012
Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management
Specialization in Food and Beverage Service Management
Graduated with Honors
Culinary Skills: Menu Development, Recipe Creation, Plating Techniques, Nutrition Knowledge, Sanitary Food Handling, Food Preservation and Storage, Food Pairing Knowledge
Management Skills: Staff Training, Sourcing Suppliers, Budgeting, Food Cost Calculations, Inventory Management, Quality Control, Scheduling
Technical Skills: MS Office (Proficient), POS Systems, Inventory Software, ERP Systems, Kitchen Equipment Maintenance
Certifications: ServSafe Certification, Certified Executive Chef (CEC), Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET) Level 2
Awards: Winner, National Culinary Challenge 2017; Recognized as ‘Chef of the Year’ by Resume Worded Culinary Association, 2020
Professional Affiliations: Member, American Culinary Federation; Member, National Restaurant Association
Volunteering: Food Bank Volunteer, Local Community Centre – Organizing monthly food drives since 2015
Languages: English (Native), Spanish (Conversational), French (Basic)
Your Name
Sushi Chef
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
EXPERIENCE January 2020 - Present
Head Sushi Chef
Expanded the sushi menu, introducing an additional 10 unique sushi rolls boosting customer engagement by 15%
Supervised a team of 8 chefs, reducing order preparation time by 20%
Implemented stringent food safety protocols, maintaining a flawless record with zero health code violations
Optimized inventory management, reducing food waste by 18%
Increased restaurant's prominence in the fine dining sector by introducing a monthly sushi and sake pairing event, bolstering revenue by 10%
Resume Worded August 2017 - December 2019
Senior Sushi Chef
Pioneered bi-weekly sushi cooking classes that added $2K in monthly revenue
Saved 30% on supply costs by initiating a partnership with a local fish supplier
Introduced gourmet fusion sushi dishes which increased sales by 20%
Nobu Restaurant May 2015 - July 2017
Sushi Chef
Consistently maintained food quality, receiving commendations for presentation, taste, and innovation
Played a crucial role in restaurant achieving AAA Four Diamond designation in 2017
Resume Worded Institute June 2014
Advanced Culinary Arts Certification with Specialization in Japanese Cuisine
Intensive course involving practical training in traditional sushi preparation
Resume Worded University May 2013
Bachelor's Degree in Culinary Arts
Major in Gastronomy and Food Culture
Student Career Award Best in Practical Application (2013)
Sushi Preparation: Nigiri, Sashimi, Rolls, Maki, Temaki, Chirashi, Inarizushi
Cooking Techniques: Broiling, Grilling, Steaming, Sautéing, Frying, Sous Vide, Cold Plating
Station Management: Inventory Maintenance, Kitchen Equipment Handling, Safety Standards Compliance, Menu Development
Software: ChefTec, KitchenCUT, BlueCart, Jolt, Orderly
Certifications: Certified Sake Professional (CSP), Food Safety Manager Certification
Awards: Awarded 'Best Sushi Chef' by the American Culinary Federation in 2018
Leadership & Volunteering: Head Chef for the annual 'Food for Thought' Charity Event (2020, 2021)
Projects: Launched 'Sushi Secrets', a digital platform dedicated to sharing sushi preparation techniques and recipes
Your Name
Executive Sushi Chef
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
Nobu Restaurant March 2018 - Present
Executive Sushi Chef
Influenced restaurant management policies by devising a five-year strategic plan for optimal growth and profitability
Enhanced banquet operations by providing exquisite sushi catering, which raised event booking rates by 30%
Managed a culinary team of 15 chefs, ensuring fine dining ethos and upscale food quality
Redefined sushi menu, offering a greater variety and capturing an additional 15% market share
Devised a seamless inventory management process, reducing food spoilage by 25%
Resume Worded January 2016 - February 2018
Head Sushi Chef
Introduced best-in-class sanitation and food safety standards, resulting in improved health inspection scores
Initiated recipe development sessions that led to the introduction of 12 new sushi dishes
Reduced ingredient costs by 20% through effective supplier negotiation and bulk purchasing June 2014 - December 2015
Senior Sushi Chef
Cultivated a robust relationship with suppliers and ensured only the top quality, freshest ingredients were used
Played a pivotal role in the pre-opening of the restaurant leading to successful launch with rave reviews
Resume Worded Academic Center March 2016
Master of Business Administration - Hospitality Management
Specialized in Food and Beverage Management
Resume Worded University May 2014
Bachelor of Science - Culinary Arts
Concentration in Asian Cuisine
Awards: Dean's List 2012 - 2014 (Top 10%), Student Chef of the Year 2013
Culinary Skills: Sushi Preparation, Knife Handling, Food Plating, Fish Butchery, Asian Cuisine, Seafood Preparation
Kitchen Management: Inventory Management, Quality Control, Health & Safety Compliance, Team Leadership, Staff Training, Menu Planning
Software: Kitchen CUT, ChefTec, ReciProfity, Restaurant365, TouchBistro Restaurant POS, NCR Aloha POS
Languages: English (Fluent), Japanese (Conversational), Spanish (Basic)
Certifications: Certified Sushi Chef from All Japan Sushi Association (2018), Certified Food Safety Manager from ServSafe (2016)
Awards: Winner, Nobu Restaurant’s Annual Best Sushi Platter Contest (2019), 'Best Sushi Chef' by the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan (2017)
Professional Memberships: Member of The International Sushi Chef Association, Member of American Culinary Federation
Professional Training: Advanced Sushi Artistry Training program by Tokyo Sushi Academy, Leadership and Team Management skills program by American Culinary Federation
Your Name
Master Sushi Chef
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
EXPERIENCE February 2021 - Present
Master Sushi Chef
Led a hospitality team of 20, delivering unparalleled customer service and increased repeat customers by 25%
Developed low-cost, high quality sushi dishes, increasing profit margin by 10%
Initiated a popular weekly 'Sushi Night', attracting an additional 50 patrons per event
Demonstrated culinary management excellence, increasing efficiency in the kitchen by 15%
Established a rigorous food safety regime, achieving an A rating on all health inspections
Resume Worded June 2018 - January 2021
Executive Sushi Chef
Managed a culinary team of 10, fostering creativity and productivity
Instituted a new menu development process, resulting in a 12% increase in orders
Successfully ran a monthly sushi workshop, increasing the restaurant's visibility
Nobu Restaurant February 2015 - June 2018
Head Sushi Chef
Assisted executive chef in planning and creating menus, which resulted in significant increase in sushi sales
Implemented successful vendor management strategies reducing costs and ensuring high quality supplies
Resume Worded Institute March 2021
Certified Professional Sushi Chef Certificate
Part-time; Excelled in practical and theory modules, specializing in seafood sourcing and culinary knife techniques
Resume Worded University June 2010
Bachelor of Arts - Hospitality and Culinary Arts
Concentration: Japanese Cuisine and Sushi Making
Awards: Resume Worded Top Chef 2010
Sushi Making: Nigiri, Sashimi, Maki, Temaki, Uramaki, Sushi Rolls, Vegetarian Sushi, Speciality Rolls
Culinary Techniques: Food Presentation, Culinary Knife Techniques, Portion Control, Seafood Sourcing and Sustainability, Menu Development
Software & Management: POS Systems, Inventory Management, Staff Training & Development, Customer Service, Quality Control
Languages: English (Native), Japanese (Fluent), French (Conversational)
Certifications: ServSafe Certification, HACCP Certified
Awards: Best Sushi Chef, Culinary Excellence Awards 2018
Professional Affiliations: Member, American Culinary Federation
Your Name
Prep Cook
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
EXPERIENCE May 2022 - Present
Senior Prep Cook
Crafted and implemented innovative cooking techniques, enhancing the food quality by 45%.
Managed inventory cost-effectively, resulting in a 30% reduction in food wastage.
Championed the introduction of new healthy menu items, leading to a 20% increase in sales within three months.
Spearheaded a training program for junior cooks, improving kitchen efficiency by 30%.
Enforced state-mandated sanitation procedures, leading to a 10% improvement in ServSafe scores.
Resume Worded January 2021 - April 2022
Line Cook
Effectively utilized advanced cooking methods and food & beverage pairing techniques resulting in a 20% increase in satisfied customer reviews.
Led a collection system that improved inventory management, reducing costs by 15%.
Conducted weekly kitchen equipment inspections, improving safety and reducing machinery downtime by 25%.
Quality Diner June 2019 - December 2020
Line Cook
Successfully executed recipes, enhancing customer satisfaction by 15%.
Coordinated with the service team to enhance customer service, decreasing order errors by 20%.
Maintained a high standard of cleanliness, passing sanitation inspections with an excellent rating.
Resume Worded Institute February 2021
Advanced Culinary Arts Certification
Covered advanced techniques in food preparation and presentation
Resume Worded University May 2019
Bachelor of Culinary Arts and Food Service Management
Specialization in sustainable food systems
Academic Excellence Award in Culinary Arts (Top 5%)
Culinary Techniques: Baking, Roasting, Grilling, Sauteing, Sous-vide, Blanching, Poaching, Braising
Kitchen Equipment: Commercial Oven, Fryers, Broilers, Grills, Food Processors, Sous-vide machines
Health and Safety: Food Safety, Sanitation Standards, First Aid, CPR, OSHA regulations
Software Knowledge: Culinary Software (ChefTec, CostGuard), MS Office Suite, POS systems
Certifications: ServSafe Food Handler Certification (2023), First Aid and CPR Certification (2020)
Awards: Employee of the Month, Quality Diner (December 2019), Excellence in Food Preparation, Resume Worded (March 2022)
Volunteering: Meal Prep Volunteer, Local Soup Kitchen (2018-present)
Professional Affiliations: Member, American Culinary Federation (ACF)
Your Name
Line Cook
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
EXPERIENCE February 2022 - Present
Line Cook
Mastered a repertoire of over 100 recipes, reducing the meal preparation time by 30%.
Implemented food safety protocols improving hygiene standards by 20%.
Developed custom-menus based on customer dietary needs increasing customer retention by 15%.
Streamlined the food preparation process, leading to a 25% reduction in wastage.
Aided in inventory management, leading to a 15% cost reduction in kitchen supplies.
Resume Worded September 2020 - January 2022
Prep Cook
Generated a database for easy access to recipes, enhancing meal preparation efficiency by 30%.
Collaborated with the head chef to improvise menu, resulting in 10% increase in daily orders.
Leveraged advanced cooking techniques, improving food taste and presentation standards.
Chez Pierre May 2018 - August 2020
Prep Cook
Assisted in daily mise en plus, reducing meal preparation time by 20%.
Maintained kitchen equipment, extending lifespan by 30%.
Developed understanding of fine dining standards and protocols.
Resume Worded Institute April 2018
Professional Cook Certificate
Specialization in modern cooking styles
Completed intensive 400-hour hands-on training
Resume Worded University May 2016
Associate Degree in Culinary Arts
Graduated with Honors
Relevant Courses: Food and Beverage Services, Kitchen Equipment and Tools, Culinary Mathematics
Culinary Techniques: Grilling, Roasting, Baking, Frying, Sauteing, Steaming, Poaching
Kitchen Tools: Chef's knives, Paring knives, Bread knives, Graters, Peelers, Mandolins, Whisks, Mixer, Grinder, Food Processor
Cooking Techniques: Food quality control, Safe food handling, Menu planning, Plating, Inventory management, Time management
Software: Microsoft Office (Word, Excel), Kitchen Display System (KDS), Point of Sale Systems (POS)
Certifications: ServSafe Food Handler Certificate, American Red Cross First Aid, CPR
Courses: Advanced Sauce Making Course, Molecular Gastronomy Course - HarvardX
Volunteering: Volunteer Cook - Local Homeless Shelter, Food preparation volunteer - Annual Town Festival
Achievements: Winner - ‘Best Starter’ at Regional Culinary Competition, Acknowledged for ‘Best Dish Presentation’ - Culinary Arts Showcase
Your Name
Kitchen Assistant
City, Country  •  (123) 456-789  •  [email protected]  •
Resume Worded June 2022 - Present
Kitchen Assistant
Collaborated with culinary team to define menu changes, resulting in a 25% increase in food sales.
Achieved 30% reduction in food waste through effective implementation of inventory management techniques.
Boosted team efficiency by 20% by coordinating with chefs and servers for smooth operations.
Enhanced food safety by enforcing proper sanitation and cleanliness practices.
Trained in advanced baking skills and introduced new dessert options, driving a 15% increase in dessert sales. November 2020 - May 2022
Cook Helper
Helped launch a catering service that increased overall company revenue by 15%.
Implemented restaurant management techniques that reduced food preparation time by 20%.
Maintained a meticulously clean and safe kitchen, leading to improved ServSafe scores.
Corner Café July 2018 - October 2020
Cashier and Cook
Balanced cashiering and cooking duties excellently, resulting in smooth restaurant operations.
Revamped customer service strategies, leading to a 10% increase in customer satisfaction ratings.
Ensured freshness of all food items, thereby enhancing overall food quality.
Resume Worded University June 2017
Associate of Applied Science in Culinary Arts
Courses in food preparation, menu planning, and nutrition
Part-time study while working as a Cashier and Cook at Corner Café
Culinary Skills: Food plating, Meat preparation, Vegetable cutting, Sauce making, Baking, Grilling
Kitchen Tools and Equipment: Commercial oven, Deep fryer, Food processor, Cooking range, Kitchen scales, Electronic grill
Food Safety & Sanitation: HACCP, Personal hygiene, Allergen awareness, Food waste management, Cross-contact prevention, Sanitizing equipment
Languages: English (Native), Spanish (Conversational)
Certifications: ServSafe Food Handler Certification
Volunteering: Meal Prep Volunteer at Local Food Bank (2017 - Present)
Professional Training: Completed Professional Kitchen Management course at (2020)
Projects: Started and manage a blog share recipes and cooking techniques

How do I add skills to a Chef resume?

Review the job posting closely.

Go through the Chef posting you're applying to, and identify hard skills the company is looking for. For example, skills like Food Preparation, Menu Development and Hospitality are possible skills. These are skills you should try to include on your resume.

Add industry skills like Food Safety and Hotel Management.

Add other common skills from your industry - such as Catering, Food & Beverage and Restaurant Management - into your resume if they're relevant.

Add skills into your work experience.

Incorporate skills - like Banquet Operations, Fine Dining and Chef - into your work experience too. This shows hiring managers that you have practical experience with these tools, techniques and skills.

Use the exact job title.

Try to add the exact job title, Chef, somewhere into your resume to get past resume screeners. See the infographic for how to do this.

Word Cloud for Chef Skills & Keywords

The following word cloud highlights the most popular keywords that appear on Chef job descriptions. The bigger the word, the more frequently it shows up on employer's job postings. If you have experience with these keywords, include them on your resume.

Top Chef Skills and Keywords to Include On Your Resume

Chef Soft Skills

Here are common soft skills that appear on Chef job postings. Unlike hard skills, which refer to tools, software or techniques, soft skills focus on character traits and interpersonal skills. Instead of listing these phrases on your resume, try to show them through your bullet points like in the examples below.

  • Culinary Skills

Tip: Do not list these words or phrases on your resume, and instead focus on the hard skills we described above.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What skills should you add to a Chef resume?

Some effective Chef skills you can add to your resume include:

  • Food & Beverage
  • Catering
  • Restaurant Management
  • Food Preparation
  • Hospitality
  • Menu Development
  • Food Safety
  • Hotel Management

What are the differences in resume skills between a Corporate Executive Chef and a Restaurant Chef?

If you are writing a Corporate Executive Chef resume, try to emphasize skills like Menu Development, Catering, Fine Dining, Restaurant Management, Recipe Development, Food & Beverage, Menu Costing and Food Safety.

Similarly, if you are writing a Restaurant Chef resume, emphasize skills like Chef, Hotel Management and Hospitality.

What are good resume skills to include for different Chef roles and job titles?

Depending on the specific role you apply to, you may need to emphasize different skill sets. Here are a few examples:

  • Commis Chef: Cooking, Catering, Food & Beverage, Hospitality and Food Preparation
  • Pastry Chef: Pastry, Baking, Menu Development, Recipe Development and Cake Decorating
  • Sushi Chef: Sushis, Restaurant Management, Fine Dining, Food Safety and Chef
  • Banquet Chef: Banquet Operations, Hospitality Management, Hotel Management, Sanitation and Menu Costing
  • Catering Chef: Culinary Management, Food Quality and Personal Chef Services

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