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What does a Sous Chef do?

What is a Sous Chef job? 

At Accor, our commitment to exceptional dining experiences starts with our talented culinary teams. At the heart of these teams are Sous Chefs. These Chefs blend creativity, leadership, and precision. 

As the second-in-command in the kitchen, the Sous Chef not only ensures the smooth operation of daily culinary activities but also inspires and mentors the team to reach new culinary heights. 

Learn more about this exciting opportunity and the responsibilities, requirements, and skills needed in a Sous Chef role.

What does a Sous Chef do?

The Sous Chef assists the Kitchen Chef in coordinating teams and developing each team member to unleash their full potential. The sous chef leads by example, upholding the brand's guidelines, ensuring impeccable food presentation, and maintaining a professional personal appearance.

Food preparation and standards

  • Supervise and participate in the preparation and cooking of food items to ensure standards are met.

  • Ensure portion sizes, preparation methods, and garnishing meet the specified standards.

  • Maintain the quality and consistency of food production.

Food safety and hygiene

  • Ensure all food safety and sanitation standards are followed.

  • Maintain and clean kitchen equipment and work areas.

  • Report any incidents of food wastage and equipment deficiencies immediately.

Cost control and stock management

  • Manage stock to minimize waste and maximize quality.

  • Assist in budgetary and payroll expense control.

  • Monitor food storage areas to reduce spoilage.

Team collaboration and communication

  • Promote cooperation and teamwork within the kitchen and other departments.

  • Communicate effectively with senior managers and colleagues to ensure smooth operations.

Requirements needed for a Sous Chef job

To thrive as a Sous Chef at Accor, you'll need a mix of formal training and hands-on experience. 

Ideally, you should have completed formal culinary training or have equivalent experience, along with at least three years in a leadership role within a kitchen. 

You should have extensive knowledge of all culinary departments and be familiar with food safety and sanitation laws, staying current with the latest culinary trends and innovations. 

Flexibility is key, as you'll be working varied shifts, including weekends and public holidays, to meet the dynamic needs of our kitchen environment.

Skills of a Sous Chef

Now, let's explore the essential skills that make a successful Sous Chef: 

  • Passion for food and customer service.

  • Ability to work under pressure and adapt to change.

  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills.

  • Effective supervisory and training abilities. 

  • Team spirit and collaborative skills. 

  • Creativity and attention to detail. 

Unlock a culinary career as a Sous Chef with Accor

Becoming a Sous Chef is an exciting and fulfilling career where you’ll craft unforgettable dining experiences by prioritizing genuine care for our guests and team members. 

At Accor, we recognize the dedication and talent it takes to excel in this role, and we offer an environment where you can learn, grow, and, create your own career path. 

If you're ready to take the next step in your culinary career, explore Sous Chef jobs at Accor.


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