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This unit group includes various types of chefs who plan and direct food preparation and cooking activities and who prepare and cook meals and specialty foods. They are employed in restaurants, hotels, hospitals and other health care institutions, central food commissaries, clubs and similar establishments, and on ships.
chef, chef de cuisine, chef de partie, corporate chef, executive chef, executive sous-chef, head chef, master chef, pastry chef, saucier, sous-chef, specialist chef.
- Plan and direct food preparation and cooking activities of several restaurants in an establishment, restaurant chains, hospitals or other establishments with food services
- Consult with clients regarding weddings, banquets and specialty functions
- Plan menus and ensure food meets quality standards
- Estimate food requirements and may estimate food and labour costs
- Supervise activities of sous-chefs, specialist chefs, chefs and cooks
- Arrange for equipment purchases and repairs
- Recruit and hire staff
- May prepare and cook food on a regular basis, or for special guests or functions.
- Supervise activities of specialist chefs, chefs, cooks and other kitchen workers
- Demonstrate new cooking techniques and new equipment to cooking staff
- May plan menus and requisition food and kitchen supplies
- May prepare and cook meals or specialty foods.
- Prepare and cook complete meals or specialty foods, such as pastries, sauces, soups, salads, vegetables and meat, poultry and fish dishes, and create decorative food displays for special events such as banquets
- Instruct cooks in preparation, cooking, garnishing and presentation of food
- Create new recipes
- Supervise cooks and other kitchen staff
- May plan menus
- May requisition food and kitchen supplies.
Outlook & Prospects for Chefs in Stratford--Bruce Peninsula Region
The future forecast and current conditions for an occupation can vary based on location or due to changes in the economy, technology, or demand for a product or service.
Local Employment Potential Information
|Location||Employment Potential||Release Date|
|Stratford--Bruce Peninsula Region||<Not assigned>||2012-01-11|
Compared to other occupations, this is not a significant occupation in this region.
In Ontario, the outlook for chefs is expected to be good for the period 2012-2013. The growth in employment is expected to continue and will be driven by consumer and tourism spending in the food services industry, which employs most chefs in the province. The food service industry is driven by consumer spending. Although the last economic downturn caused consumers to modify their spending on restaurant meals, over the last several years consumers have been spending a larger share of their incomes on eating out. The province attracts a high number of domestic and foreign visitors which contributes to spending in the food services industry. Tourism has moderated over the past few years due to a high Canadian dollar and rising gas prices; however demand for this occupational group is expected to remain strong over the next few years.
Employment prospects tend to be more plentiful in larger cities. Job openings are more seasonal in rural areas where resorts and tourist facilities may only open for one or more seasons. Employment opportunities will be better for chefs who are creative and who can plan menus to suit changing consumer preferences at competitive prices. According to the 2006 census the number of workers in this occupation increased to over 18,000 or almost 43% from the previous census. Some employment opportunities are expected to arise as qualified chefs pursue promotional opportunities.
Local Labour Market News
Week of Mar 11 – Mar 15, 2013
Week of Feb 18 – Feb 22, 2013
Week of Jan 28 – Feb 01, 2013
- A new Dairy Queen Canada fast-food franchise will be opening in Kincardine by May 2013, creating about 20 jobs
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