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What are the most lucrative jobs available for Chefs and what is the criteria to enter them?

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A chef is higher in hierarchy than a cook or a sous chef. The highest paid chef is the executive chef. The salary of an executive chef ranges between INR 20,000 to INR 200,000 per month or even more depending on the place of employment and experience. Popular employers in India for chefs are given below.


- The Taj Group
- The Leela Group
- The Oberoi Group
- The ITC
- The Marriot International
- The Hyatt Hotels
- Le Meridien hotels and resorts
- The Park Hotels


- The Novotel Group
- The Hilton Group

Salaries for chefs are the highest in the Taj Group. In India, Taj Group has sixty hotels spread across forty two locations. Executive chefs in Taj Group earn between INR 281,000 and INR 3,000,000 per annum. The salary varies from state to state as well. Below given is a place-wise classification of executive chef's salary in India (salaries are per annum).



Salary of chef by expertise (per annum)


Criteria to enter them

  • To become trainee Chef a minimum three year diploma/degree is required in hotel management.
  • Besides government approved colleges, several major hotel chains in India also provide chef training and diploma.
  • There are institutes which are focused only of chef training and do not include training in other aspects of hotel management such as housekeeping. Interested people should join the course after class XII.
  • Post graduation in chef education is necessary for faster career growth and higher salaries and also to get in to those lucrative jobs
  • The salary of the chef depends on the institute from where he graduated, his skill, experience and level of education.

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