Hospitality Australia Forums Cooks and Chefs What is the difference between a chef and a cook?

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    A chef and a cook are different. To most of people these terms have the same meaning. However, if you work in the hospitality industry you should know that there is a big difference between a chef and a cook. This difference regards to the person’s education and experience.

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    Generally a chef is a person who got a culinary degree or has been trained under a distinguished chef and has move up the ranks. On the other hand, a cook is someone who just started out at the bottom of the restaurant by working as a kitchen hand.

    What makes you a cook?

    As a cook you:

    • May not be professionally trained
    • Still be at the learning level of your career
    • May not be working in a professional setting
    • Use recipes and follow someone else’s menu plan

    What makes you a chef?

    As a chef you:

    • Are responsible for the soul of the food. A chef should not require the directions part of a recipe
    • Have the capability to manage roles in the kitchen
    • Have a culinary degree of 2 or 4 years
    • Have responsibilities that include a supervisory role

    A chef and a cook

    A chef is not better than a cook. Generally they are. However, a number of chefs are not as good at cooking as any number of amateurs. Also it’s easy to find a number of cooks who are better at cooking than chefs. Therefore, to be good at the kitchen as a chef and a cook will not depend on your “title” but on your experience.

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