Duties of an Assistant Chef

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St. Martin de Porres House of Hospitality
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With professional experience in both property development and sprint car racing, Danny Olmstead brings a diverse skill set to his two companies, Residential Foreclosure Wholesale, LLC, and East Bay Holding Co., LP. Interested in various activities outside of his entrepreneurial pursuits, Danny Olmstead enjoys cooking and volunteers his time as an assistant chef with St. Martin de Porres House of Hospitality.

In a professional kitchen, an assistant chef receives directions from an executive or sous chef. Depending on the size of the kitchen, tasks may be confined to properly running a single food station or may be more comprehensive. In any case, the assistant cook must be well-versed in food preparation techniques and also be prepared to learn other aspects of running a kitchen.

Responsible for most of the actual cooking, an assistant chef begins by ensuring food quality through assisting with deliveries, appropriately storing items, and determining whether food should be kept or disposed of after meal services. Other duties involve food preparation, including butchering meats, cleaning seafood, and chopping vegetables. Additionally, assistant chefs taste and test recipes for the executive chef and attractively plate the dishes.