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Cooks and Chefs

Chef—Career Q&A: Professional Advice and Insight

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Cooks and chefs are employed in the preparation and cooking of food, usually in large quantities, in hotels, restaurants, cafeterias, and other establishments and institutions. Chefs and head cooks generally supervise cooks and other food preparation workers. There are about 129,370 chefs and head cooks employed in the United States and more than 2.3 million cooks.

Salary Range

Below $25,000 to $100,000

Minimum Education Level

Some Postsecondary Training




About as Fast as the Average
Personality Traits

Hands On



Career Ladder
Head Chef or Restaurant Owner


Food Preparation Worker

Kitchen Helper