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here are many different work environments for a Chef, each with its own unique traits that will suit different people for various reasons. A school Chef job is ideal for someone who likes the continuity of a set daily routine and the security of daytime hours.
School catering jobs usually mean an early start to prepare the food each day in time for lunch, which is most often served between 12 and 1pm. School cook jobs generally require you to be responsible for the various stages of meal preparation, from basic preparation such as peeling and chopping vegetables to cooking the dishes and then serving food. You may even need to operate the till.
Duties will differ if you work as a private school Chef. Private schools will cater for boarders so you will likely have to prepare and serve breakfast, lunch and dinner meaning a longer day and possibly split shifts. Private school Chefs are also needed to work at weekends and for some special events.
If you work as a university Chef or college Chef the environment will be different as you will be preparing food for adults rather than children.
Universities and colleges often have more than one catering establishment so the types of catering jobs and the necessary requirements for each will vary. You could be a Kitchen Assistant in a cafeteria type environment, a Cook in the canteen of a hall of residence providing meals to the students or Head Chef in a fine dining restaurant, providing food to the public and at university functions and events.
Many chef jobs involve long hours and late nights, so one of the biggest advantages of working as a school Chef has to be the more sociable hours. Some Chefs enjoy the fact that in a fast paced restaurant you never know what each day will bring, but if you prefer a more predictable workday then a job as a school Chef is a good choice.Working in a school kitchen, however, means you have to stick to the menu provided by the catering company or Head Chef, so there is not the same scope for creativity as in some other catering environments.
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