Cooks, Private Household

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About the Job

Prepare meals in private homes. Includes personal chefs.

It is also Called

  • Private Chef
  • Personal Chef
  • Household Cook
  • Culinary Worker
  • Cooking Chef
  • Cook
  • Certified Personal Chef (CPC)

What They Do

  • Travel with employers to vacation homes to provide meal preparation at those locations.
  • Plan and prepare food for parties, holiday meals, luncheons, special functions, and other social events.
  • Serve meals and snacks to employing families and their guests.
  • Create and explore new cuisines.
  • Direct the operation and organization of kitchens and all food-related activities, including the presentation and serving of food.
  • Specialize in preparing fancy dishes or food for special diets.
  • Shop for or order food and kitchen supplies and equipment.
  • Prepare meals in private homes according to employers' recipes or tastes, handling all meals for the family and possibly for other household staff.
  • Keep records pertaining to menus, finances, and other business-related issues.
  • Peel, wash, trim, and cook vegetables and meats, and bake breads and pastries.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: ARC.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Artistic interests, but also prefer Realistic and Conventional environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Independence, but also value Achievement and Relationships in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Food Production - Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.
  • Sales and Marketing - Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Management of Material Resources - Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.
  • Active Learning - Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Education Required

Most occupations in this zone require training in vocational schools, related on-the-job experience, or an associate's degree.

Wages

In 2013, the average annual wage in Pennsylvania was $34,330 with most people making between $31,390 and $37,700

Outlook

0.00%
avg. annual growth

During 2014, this occupation employed approximately 360 people in Pennsylvania. It is projected that there will be 350 employed in 2024.

This occupation will have about 0 openings due to growth and about 10 replacement openings for approximately 10 total annual openings.

Industries that Employ this Occupation

Industry breakdown is not available for this occupation



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