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Should I take a Sous Chef promotion?

I just graduated from Culinary school about 2 1/2 years ago. I have worked in the restaurant industry for about 3. The executive Chef at my job wants to promote me as a Sous Chef making salary instead of the $12.00 / hr I make right now. However, the Chef de Cuisine is very supportive, but suggests that I may not be ready to take a step up to that level of promotion due to lack of experience and knowledge. My take on it is, who wouldn't be ready to take $35,000 a year starting, rather than $12.00 an hour? I just want to be sure I'm making the right career choice. My goal, after all, is to be a very successful chef.

Asked By: Bodhi721 - 3/2/2007
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Find out all of the details and what is expected as Sous Chef. Many people don't opt for the 'step up' because of all of the politics, horrible hours, unrealistic expectations etc., Don't set yourself up for failure. That being said....you are young, you have gone through school and almost 6 year total in the... More
Answered By: Nisey - 3/2/2007
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if u get paid more, go for it man
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Answered By: Sir. Chatsalot - 3/2/2007
 
On a 40 hour week that's a 10k pay rise. You would be daft not to take is BUT Make sure you have your days off and max hours per week written into your contract, otherwise you will end up working a hell of a lot more hours and the rise may just disappear
Answered By: Weatherman - 3/2/2007
 
Tell them you are ready for the challenge and willing to step up to the plate (as it were), and are eager to test and expand your skillset. And of course that you will work your butt off. If you don't accept it, you'll be stuck at $12 forever if you don't take the chance... More
Answered By: chefgrille - 3/2/2007
 
i think that it is a positive step to take and if cokking is really what you like to do-- DO IT!!!
Answered By: h-ey - 3/2/2007
 
The way I look at it... the executive chef thinks you're ready to be a sous chef. Also, I believe that to become better you need to work outside of your "comfort" zone and be ready to take on the extra responsibilities... More
Answered By: lots_of_laughs - 3/2/2007
 
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