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Head chef: Former training as a catering chef for a career in the kitchen

The former training as a "chef in hospital, residential and communal catering" or "catering chef" has been called "head chef (BP)" since 2001 and 2011 respectively. Chefs are considered experts in the application of cooking methods and the design and creation of culinary dishes and products. They manage the kitchen of a restaurant, hotel or other business or institution expertly and professionally. In doing so, they always draw on their sound specialist knowledge in the areas of marketing, business organization and costing. Chefs are regarded as leaders in the catering kitchen and are therefore responsible for apprentices and all employees.

The training as a head chef (BP) is completed on a part-time basis and lasts approximately one year. It comprises the following modules:

  • Cookery and food science
  • Sales and marketing
  • Company organization
  • Finances
  • Guidance

The prerequisite for admission to the further training course is a completed apprenticeship as a chef with a federal certificate of competence or an equivalent qualification. In addition, at least three years of professional experience as a chef and a completed master teacher course (vocational trainer course) are required.

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In principle, it is not mandatory to attend a preparation course, but it is highly recommended. Here you will be taught the knowledge and skills required for the BP in a practice-oriented manner. In order to be admitted to the final examination, you will need the relevant module qualifications or module certificates. In addition, equivalence assessment procedures can be very time-consuming.

You cannot become a head chef directly after completing an apprenticeship. You need to acquire all the necessary skills and competencies on a progressive basis. This means that you first train as a chef with a Federal Diploma of Vocational Education and Training (VET Diploma) and, after a few years of work experience, begin continuing education, further training as a head chef.

Professional experience after basic training as a chef is essential to start continuing education, further training as a chef FPE. You must have at least three years of professional experience in your profession before taking the Federal Professional Examination.

As continuing education, further training to become a chef with a Federal VET Diploma is a part-time course, the course times are of course also tailored to your profession as a Federal VET Diploma chef. In this case, this means that you do not attend a course once or twice a week in the evening or at the weekend, but attend block courses over the course of a year. This gives you the opportunity to take time off at these times and attend six block courses of five days each.

The continuing education, further training for the Federal Professional Examination "Chef with Federal Diploma of Higher Education" corresponds to the former title of "Gastronomy Chef".

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Plan your career with Hotel & Gastro formation - we will lead you to success with federal certificates and diplomas in the hospitality industry. We have been serving the hotel and catering industry since 1926 and offer you exciting further training courses in the most beautiful location on Lake Lucerne in Weggis.
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Sites: Lonay, Weggis
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8046 Zürich
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Gastro Kanton Zürich - Strong together for the hospitality industry
Gastro Kanton Zürich represents the interests of the hospitality industry in public and with the authorities. All our efforts are aimed at providing restaurateurs with the best conditions for successful hospitality.
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