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Salary Of A Chef In Kenya, Qualifications And Colleges That Offer Culinary Arts Courses

Salary Of A Chef

-Executive Chef-between kes400,000 ($4,000) and kes500,000 ($5,000) per month

-Sous Chef between kes120,000 ($1,200) and kes300,000 ($3,000) per month

One of the most overlooked courses by Kenyan parents is culinary arts. Largely, cooking is associated with women and in some communities in Kenya-and Africa by extension-it doesn’t augur well for a man to cook for his family or do other house chores. Men are more ‘manly’ if they pursue certain courses which have over time proved to be useless. Chefs, for the uninitiated, are paid handsomely across the world as you will see below.

Salary of Executive Chef
An executive chef is the man who is charged with managing operations of the kitchen and the kitchen staff. The executive chef is also involved in planning menus, developing new recipes, maintaining inventory of food supplies, and establishing working schedule and organize the work in the kitchen so that everything works seamlessly among other duties. Head chefs or chef managers, as they are also known, working in 5-star hotels are paid kes500,000 ($5,000) per month. Chefs working in the same capacity in 4-star hotels pocket between kes250,000 ($2,500) to kes300,000 ($3,000).

Summarized responsibilities of Executive chefs
Coordinates cooks tasks

Designs new recipes, plans menus and selects plate presentation

Ensures equipment are clean and implements hygiene policies

Ensuring promptness, freshness and quality of dishes

Coordinating cooks’ tasks

Hires and trains kitchen staff

Reviews staff levels to meet service, operational and financial objectives

Performs administrative tasks, takes stock of food and other related supplies

Sets and monitors performance standards for staff

At hand to handle customer complaints and obtain food and service quality.

Experience-varies from hotel to hotel but mostly 5 years and above

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Diploma in Food Production or its equivalent from a recognized institution. A degree will be an added advantage.

Skilled in a la carte Production

A good understanding of HACCP processes.

Strong, effective leadership and management skills.

Problem solving and decision making ability.

Excellent attention to detail.

Excellent time management skills and the ability to handle multiple tasks without losing focus on priorities.

Must be able to effectively communicate both verbally and written, with all level of employees and guests in an attentive, friendly, courteous and service oriented manner.

Must be effective at listening to, understanding, and clarifying concerns raised by employees and guests.

Approach all encounters with guests and employees in an attentive, friendly, courteous and service-oriented manner

Executive Sous Chef Job in Nairobi salary

He ‘deputizes’ the head chef. Executive Sous chef salary is between kes180,000 ($1,800) per month and upto kes300,000 ($3,000) in 5-star hotels.

His roles area:
To oversee kitchen operations, ensuring everything is done in accordance with the organization’s standards

Ensure cleanliness and sanitation of the kitchen is always met and food storage areas and equipment are well maintained

Maintain high standards of food quality at all times

Assist the Executive Chef in planning and directing food preparation, dispensing and ensuring pre-service procedures are followed

Plan and cost menus in consultation with the Executive Chef

Conduct daily pre-shift meetings and ensure active participation from all team members

Trains and develop kitchen staff, establish working schedules and assess staff performance

Order supplies to stock inventory appropriately with a view of managing costs

Minimum Diploma or Certificate preferably from Kenya Utalii College or any other recognized institution

Computer literate
Experience-depends with employer
Have knowledge of both local and international cuisines

Exhibit managerial skills and ability to train staff

Familiar with the industry’s best practices

Strong organizational and planning skills

Ability to work flexible hours

Excellent customer service and commitment to exceptional quality

Note: The salaries provided above are for the best paying hotels. Some hotels pay head chefs as low as kes45,000 ($450).

Colleges Offering Culinary Arts Courses in Kenya

Kenya Utalii College
Main campus location: Off Thika Road P.O. BOX 31052-00600 Nairobi Telephone numbers: +254 733 600 584, +254 722 205 492, + 254 722 205 491 Email: info@utalii.ac.ke

Boma International Hospitality College
Contacts: +254 719 050 540, +254 719 050 550
Email addresses: study@bihc.ac.ke, info@bihc.ac.ke

International Hotel and Tourism Institute
P. O. Box 43111 – 00100 Nairobi
Phone numbers: 0728 787 088, +254 711 129 610
Email address: info@ihti.net

Air Travel and Related Studies Centre
Contacts Location: Rhino Park Road, Karen Telephone numbers: +254 721380590, 0733604139 Email addresses: admin@airtravelstudies.co.ke, info@airtravelstudies.co.ke

Top Chefs Culinary Institute Top Chefs
Contacts Location: 5th Floor Parklands Plaza, Muthithi Road, Westlands P.O. BOX 740 – 00606 Telephone numbers:+254 020 3740166, +254-700691427
Email: topchefs@tchefs.com