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The Life of a Head Chef in Dublin

Three Q have been helping to match job-seeking Head Chefs with Employers in Dublin for years so we know a thing about the day to day life of a Head Chef. If you’ve ever wondered about what the life of a head chef in Dublin is like or maybe you’re just curious, read ahead.

As a head chef you are responsible for everything that happens in the kitchen. You are required to see all dishes from start to finish and you’re given the task hiring and firing employees. The job of head chef involves creating new dishes for the kitchen you work in whilst also overseeing staff and making sure that your kitchen is meeting health and safety standards.

If you love to cook, enjoy being creative and relish the challenges that come with responsibility, read on to learn more about becoming a head chef.

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What skills are required of a Head Chef?

If you dream of becoming a head chef you will obviously need to have a genuine love for food but you will also need to be a person with plenty of energy- you will need to start every shift with a spring in your step as your role also include encouraging and motivating the team you work with.  As a head chef you will need outstanding cooking skills and be creative when it comes to the preparation and presentation of food. You should have a deep understanding of ingredients and produce which will aid in you in creating menus which are innovative and profitable to the business.. Leadership and management skills are a must have and you need to be able to fairly and equally delegate tasks to you staff that suits their training and skill sets.

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What Are The Role’s Main Responsibilities?

Once you become a restaurant’s head chef your duties will include the overall running of the kitchen’s day-to-day goings-on, ordering produce, creating new dishes, hiring new staff, raising profit margins for the food end of your employers business, taking care of stock levels, implementing health and safety rules in the kitchen, working to the budget that your employers sets out and creating a work rota for the team.

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What About Work Environment & Schedule?

As head chef most of your time will be spent in the back-of-house creating recipes and other more advanced tasks. You will need to learn to delegate tasks to your team so that you can do this without distractions. You also need to take care of front-of-house operational issues relating to the kitchen and must also ensure the food is consistently of high quality. Because a restaurant’s success depends on the head chef, you will be required to work long hours on a shift basis. This means working nights, weekends and holidays and even when you are not in the restaurant; you must be on call in case there is an emergency.

What Are The Downsides?

The role of head chef carries with it a lot of responsibility and pressure. If your food is not of premium quality, the restaurant will quickly lose customers and you get the blame. The hours are quite long and you’ll have little free time; things can also get stressful when one of your staff calls in sick and you have to scramble to find a replacement.

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What Are The Benefits?

Becoming a head chef gives you control in the kitchen to be be the creative side of the kitchen and express yourself with food. Becoming a head chef is a rewarding profession as you will see customers enjoying your creativity and knowledge of food.. As you have a team of staff to handle menial duties, you have more free time to create your own culinary masterpieces. After becoming an established chef, you could even go on to open your own restaurant.

If becoming a head chef interests you or if you are currently a head chef looking for a new position keep an eye on our listings that we are constantly updating with new job opportunities in the industry. If you are an employer and are wishing to advertise your job in our listings, please email sales@3reqruitment.ie or phone +353 1878 3335.   

4 Quick Tips On How To Keep Your Chef Knives Sharp

Tips for sharp chef knives

They say that a blunt kitchen knife is more dangerous than a sharp one.

When a knife can no longer do the job that serves its purpose – Cutting – then things can get quite risky in the kitchen. You should never force a knife through something nor should you ever have to! If you find that your kitchen knife is no longer slicing through your vegetables as easily as it did when you purchased it then it’s time to sharpen it!

Once you’ve sharpened your knives, it’s important to maintain them. Here’s a few ways you can keep those knives sharp for a little longer!

 

Use the right chopping board.

Wooden or Plastic are a good choice but Marble or Glass can be damaging!

Your choice of chopping boards can dramatically improve your knife’s ability to stay sharp.

The best choice for keeping your knives sharp is a wooden chopping board.

The wood is soft enough that it does less damage to your cutting edge. The best chopping boards have the end grain facing up in a butcher block style. This style is durable but allows the knife to slide between the vertical wood fibers.

The next best chopping board surface is the plastic chopping boards.

These chopping boards are relatively easy on knife edges and are practical to use. Unlike a wooden chopping board, the plastic boards can be tossed into a dishwasher to sanitize it. Wooden chopping boards can be quite hard to maintain themselves even if they are good for your knives!

The last choice in chopping boards would be the glass or marble chopping boards or cutting directly on ceramic plates. These cutting surfaces are just too hard for knives. Constant chopping and slicing on these boards will dull even the highest quality kitchen knives.

 

Properly Clean Your Knife

The process of cleaning your kitchen knives often results in unnecessary dulling. The biggest culprit is the dishwasher. In a dishwasher, the knife edges are much more likely to come in contact with other silverware or ceramic dishes. This banging around will cause small imperfections in your knife edge and dull it over time.

 

The solution? Wash your knives by hand. Washing knives by hand also saves the handle material from the soaking and the high heat of a dishwasher. When washing knives by hand, avoid the temptation of soaking your knives in your cleaning water, in addition to possibly damaging the wooden handles, sharp knives are not something you want lurking in your cloudy dishwater. In addition, after your knife is properly washed, it’s important to dry your knife thoroughly before putting it away.

 

Storing Your Knives

A knife block or other knife holders are an important step in maintaining sharp knives.

Without proper storage, your knives can end up in a drawer where they can get banged around and dulled. Sharp knives can also expose you to unnecessary risk of cutting yourself while rummaging through your drawers.

 

Proper Knife Usage

In order to keep your knife sharp, it is also important to avoid using it as a pry bar, hammer, screwdriver or any other tool. Knives should only be used for their intended purpose… cutting!

So there you have it!

If you’re just not that sure how to sharpen your knives at home, Sweeney O’Rourke offer a knife sharpening service in their showrooms!

Or maybe you need a set of lovely knives to sharpen? Well we are giving away a Giesser 7pc Knife set and Case over on our Facebook page so be sure to head over there and enter for your chance to win!

 

 

 

 

The tips in this article are from the website sharpening supplies.