Kitchen Supervisor

Manage food preparation, kitchen, pantry, and storeroom personnel.
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Salary Range
$20,000 – $48,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Kitchen Supervisors do?

Supervises and coordinates activities of food preparation, kitchen, pantry, and storeroom personnel and purchases or requisitions foodstuffs and kitchen supplies: Plans or participates in planning menus, preparing and apportioning foods, and utilizing food surpluses and leftovers. Specifies number of servings to be made from any vegetable, meat, beverage, and dessert to control portion costs. Supervises noncooking personnel, such as KITCHEN HELPER 318.687-010, to ensure cleanliness of kitchen and equipment. Supervises COOK 313.361-014 and tastes, smells, and observes food to ensure conformance with recipes and appearance standards. Supervises workers engaged in inventory, storage, and distribution of foodstuffs and supplies. Purchases foodstuffs, kitchen supplies, and equipment, or requisitions them from PURCHASING AGENT 162.157-038. Hires and discharges employees. Trains new workers. Performs other duties as described under SUPERVISOR Master Title. May set prices to be charged for food items. May meet with professional staff, customers, or client group to resolve menu inconsistencies or to plan menus for special occasions. May assist dietitian to plan, change, test, and standardize recipes to increase number of servings prepared. This job occurs typically in restaurants, cafeterias, and institutions as opposed to STEWARD/STEWARDESS 310.137-018 which occurs typically in hotels.

Should I be a Kitchen Supervisor?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Calm Under Pressure: You keep your cool when dealing with highly stressful situations.

  • Also known as: Kitchen Work Supervisor, Supervisor, Diet, Kitchen, Supervisor, Kashruth

    How to become a Kitchen Supervisor

    Most Kitchen Supervisors have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9ccdae&chl=no+college+%2883%25%29|certificate+%283%25%29|associate%27s+%283%25%29|bachelor%27s+%285%25%29||doctorate+%286%25%29&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,83,83
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