Skills Chef near Vancouver (BC)

Find out what skills you typically need to work as a chef in Canada. These skills are applicable to all Chefs (NOC 6321).

Expertise

People working in this occupation usually apply the following skill set.

  • Arrange for equipment purchases and repairs
  • Plan menus and ensure food meets quality standards
  • Supervise activities of sous-chefs, specialist chefs, chefs and cooks
  • Recruit and hire staff
  • Consult with clients regarding weddings, banquets and specialty functions
  • Plan and direct food preparation and cooking activities of several restaurants
  • Estimate food requirements and food and labour costs
  • Supervise activities of specialist chefs, chefs, cooks and other kitchen workers
  • Demonstrate new cooking techniques and new equipment to cooking staff
  • Instruct cooks in preparation, cooking, garnishing and presentation of food
  • Create new recipes
  • Supervise cooks and other kitchen staff
  • Prepare and cook complete meals and specialty foods for events such as banquets

Skills and knowledge

The following skills and knowledge are usually required in this occupation.

Essential skills

See how the 9 essential skills apply to this occupation.

Reading
  • Read labels on hazardous materials and pesticides for usage and safety information. (1)
  • Read letters and memos in order to respond to them. (2)
  • Read newspapers to keep up to date and to conduct market research. (2)
  • Read industry newsletters, trade magazines and reference books on management practices for professional development. (2)
  • Read insurance policies to determine the extent of their coverage. (3)
  • Read legislation, regulations and by-laws, in order to keep up to date and to apply this information to their operation. (4)
  • Read legal documents, such as contracts and permits. (4)
Document use
  • Read labels on materials and supplies as required. (1)
  • Check invoices for accuracy. (2)
  • Scan various forms in their day-to-day operations, such as application, inspection, registration or reservation, and waiver forms. (3)
  • Use information from various forms to complete financial records. These include payroll forms such as, time cards and deduction forms, deposit book forms and cheque book forms. (3)
  • Interpret assembly diagrams, such as those used to assemble new equipment. (3)
  • Use Revenue Canada tables to fill out taxation forms, as required. (3)
  • Prepare bills and statements. (3)
Writing
  • Write short notes for themselves and for others. They keep a record of events by making entries in diaries. (1)
  • Complete forms such as incident reports and lost and found forms. (2)
  • Write letters to answer inquiries, respond to complaints or confirm reservations. (3)
  • Write brochures, newsletters and advertisements. (4)
  • Write waivers, agreements and licences. (4)
  • Write statements of policies and procedures. (4)
  • Write business and marketing plans, to promote the success of their business and to obtain financing. (5)
  • Write proposals and position papers to persuade others or defend their interests. (5)
NumeracyMoney Math
  • Total bank deposits. (1)
  • Calculate exchange on foreign currency. (2)
  • Prepare invoices and pay bills. (2)
Scheduling, Budgeting & Accounting Math
  • Prepare the work schedule for their staff. (1)
  • Create rate structures. (2)
  • Assess the costs and benefits of maintenance programs and capital improvements. (3)
  • Budget annually for overhead costs of operation and perform financial analyses monthly. (4)
Measurement and Calculation Math
  • Measure sites. (1)
  • Read water and hydro meters. (1)
  • Calculate the quantity of water and measure the pH and chlorine levels in pools and hot tubs to determine the amount of chemicals to be added. (2)
Data Analysis Math
  • Produce statistics such as the occupancy rate and the average site rate. (2)
Numerical Estimation
  • Make estimates when developing budgets or doing business forecasting. (3)
Oral communication
  • Speak to suppliers about the availability of needed parts. (1)
  • Communicate routinely with customers to take reservations, to tell them where their campsite is located and to recommend services and attractions. (1)
  • Instruct their staff on how to perform job tasks, such as putting chlorine in the pool or how to use hazardous materials. (2)
  • Speak to contractors about the terms and conditions of planned projects. (2)
  • Speak to government representatives, such as public health inspectors, about regulatory requirements and licences. For example, this may involve some negotiation about the application of restaurant and liquor regulations to a special event such as a fish derby or an on-site wedding. (2)
  • Speak to media about upcoming events or even campground accidents, attempting at all times to maintain good public relations. (3)
  • Handle complaints, solve problems and enforce campground policies. (3)
ThinkingProblem Solving
  • Deal with financial challenges such as unexpected operating costs. They examine the budget, revise plans, and find alternate ways to cover operational costs. (2)
  • Must ensure compliance with government regulations. They have to make sure that campground guests respect fish and wildlife regulations, while also getting the quality outdoor experience they have come for. (2)
  • Encounter problems, such as sewage breaks, power outages or flooding. They solve the problem or put a temporary solution in place. Finding a long-term solution to the underlying problem may require consulting with professionals. (3)
  • Deal with interpersonal problems such as complaints from customers concerning sites, staff or equipment. They listen to the problem or complaint, explore solutions, and come to a solution or closure. (3)
Decision Making
  • Decide on scheduling for staff. (2)
  • Make decisions regarding enforcement of campground rules. (2)
  • Decide how to allocate campsites to guests, taking into consideration whether they have children or pets and the type of vehicle they are driving. (2)
  • Make decisions regarding the feasibility of expansion or further development. This may be complicated by the uncertainties of the re-zoning process, extensive environmental regulations and a limited budget. (4)
  • Make decisions about financing their business. To make these decisions they do market research, explore financing and obtain professional advice in order to assess their ability to pay back a loan. Such decisions can have serious consequences and reversing them can be costly. (4)
Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking information was not collected for this profile.

Job Task Planning and Organizing

Campground operators have certain daily tasks and may use checklists to keep these tasks organized. They set their own priorities; however, they experience frequent interruptions throughout the day, such as responding to the demands of guests. They have to co-ordinate their work with that of others. Good time management skills are important for campground operators as the order in which they perform their tasks affects the efficiency of the campground operation. (3)

Significant Use of Memory
  • Remember the names and faces of guests and their pets.
  • Remember statistics.
  • Remember site location and availability.
  • Remember events. For example, incidents, yearly activities.
  • Remember numbers. For example, sites.
  • Remember descriptions of vehicles.
Finding Information
  • Scan registration forms to find personal information about customers, such as where they are from. (1)
  • Phone local businesses and attractions for information in response to guest requests. (1)
  • Read advertising and promotional materials to extend local knowledge. (2)
  • Phone other campground operators, equipment suppliers and contractors to explore the feasibility of new revenue centres, such as pools, marinas or horseback riding facilities. (3)
  • Read industry magazines and attend trade shows to find out about market trends or changes in legislation that may affect their business. (3)
Digital technology
  • They write letters and memos. (2)
  • They track guests and send advertising to them. (2)
  • They track financial information and make projections. (2)
  • They use e-mail and the Internet. (2)
  • They produce brochures, newsletters and advertising. (3)
Additional informationOther Essential Skills:

Working with Others

Campground operators work independently. Sometimes they work with a partner or as part of a team.

Campground operators participate in formal group discussions to improve work process or product quality and to allocate responsibilities to their co-workers, manager or supervisor, or other people that they supervise. Sometimes, they use an outside facilitator for these discussions. They also meet with tourism and campground associations, chambers of commerce, other campground operators and with consultants and government officials.

Continuous Learning

Campground operators continue to learn by taking courses on such topics as Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS), cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), first aid and food handling systems.

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