How To Write a Sous Chef Resume

When writing your resume for sous chef jobs, you can use each section to show your skill at helping run seamless kitchen operations. The tips and examples below will help you capture this strength on your resume to get you interviews for your next sous chef position.

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1. Write a dynamic profile summarizing your sous chef qualifications

In a brief paragraph, catch hiring managers’ attention by giving the top three to five reasons you excel as a sous chef. For instance, maybe you’re a natural collaborator who builds great relationships with head chefs and restaurant managers. Or you might be a dedicated trainer who likes to help cooks improve their culinary skills. You might also describe your overall diligence and efficiency in a hands-on role, preparing quality food items for customers. By putting strengths like these at the top of your resume, you can position yourself as a standout candidate for sous chef jobs.

Most job seekers find it easier to write their profile section last.

Profile Example

Sous Chef with strong recent experience in the food service industry. Skilled at coordinating with culinary teams to deliver high-quality meals to guests and patrons. Naturally curious and committed to gaining and applying new expertise. Bilingual: Fluent in English and Spanish.

2. Showcase your sous chef experience

Use the experience section to give examples of your success as a sous chef — this helps restaurant managers envision you as a valued kitchen staff member. Brainstorm times when you helped the head chef cut costs, improve food quality, develop menu options, boost restaurant sales, or motivate kitchen staff during busy periods. Then quantify these achievements with relevant data, such as the amount of money saved by a new food vendor or the percentage of rave reviews for a new entrée menu.

Professional Experience Example

Sous Chef, Tokugawa Fusion, Philadelphia, PA | May 2016 to Present

[Five-star restaurant providing Japanese-French fusion cuisine, with $2M annual revenue]

  • Help manage a team of 15 kitchen staff, and maintain a collaborative work environment during high volume periods
  • Coordinate with executive chef to oversee kitchen operations, lead culinary teams, and create weekly specials
  • Manage preparation, cooking, and presentation of dishes
  • Analyze $60K in weekly inventory, and procure fresh ingredients from vendors
  • Oversaw full-scale menu redesign to better incorporate Japanese ingredients and techniques. Popular new menu led to a feature article in the Philadelphia Inquirer and helped grow annual sales by $200K

Show your knowledge base by citing any degrees, coursework, or mentor programs you’ve done in culinary arts or other subjects related to the role of sous chef. Also, include any relevant certifications you’ve earned from groups like the American Culinary Federation or National Restaurant Association.

Below are templates and examples to help you format your education and certification details. Note optional template areas appear in [brackets].



  • Degree Name — [Major, Minor], School Name, [City, ST] | [Year]
  • [Select Coursework]


  • Bachelor of Arts (BA) – Culinary Arts, San Diego Culinary Institute, San Diego, CA | 2016



  • Certification Name or Title, [Awarding Organization] | [Year]
  • [Description]


  • ServSafe Food Handler, National Restaurant Association | 2020

4. Include a list of your sous chef skills and proficiencies

Add a key skills section to show how to contribute as a sous chef. Include terms that reflect your strengths as a leader, collaborator, and kitchen team member. Also, cite the types of cuisine you’ve prepared if they overlap with your current job goals. Below are some common skills and keywords to consider for this section of your resume:

Key Skills and Proficiencies
Catering Cooking
Cost reduction and elimination Culinary arts
Customer relations Efficiency improvement
Event management Executive chef support
Food and beverage service Food preparation
Food presentation Food safety
Food storage Fine dining
Head chef support Hospitality management
Inventory monitoring Menu design
Menu development Operations management
Restaurant management Task prioritization
Team collaboration Team leadership
Vendor relations  

How To Pick the Best Sous Chef Resume Template

As with most vocations, sous chefs should use a resume template that’s clear and straightforward. Opt for a layout that lets the hiring manager quickly review your best career details. Select a traditional resume font, and avoid any template with a colorful or elaborate design. Also, make sure the template complies with applicant tracking systems (ATS) used by employers to screen resumes.

Sous Chef Text-Only Resume Templates and Examples

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  • Example #3

Sarah Ortiz
(123) 456-7890 | [email protected] | San Diego, CA 12345 |


Sous Chef with five years of experience helping oversee preparation of quality Mexican cuisine for upscale restaurants. Recognized for leading culinary teams to streamline operations and reduce waste by up to 20%.

Key Skills

  • Cost reduction and elimination
  • Executive chef support
  • Food presentation
  • Kitchen operations
  • Latin American cuisine
  • Menu design
  • Process improvement
  • Team leadership

Professional Experience

Sous Chef, Spice Cocina, San Diego, CA | May 2018 to Present

  • Collaborate with executive chef to create and prepare innovative Latin dishes, design menus, and enhance food presentation
  • Lead a team of eight line cooks and kitchen personnel, coordinate daily kitchen operations, and ensure compliance with quality standards
  • Created three dishes with Carolina Reaper and Scorpion pepper ingredients (including a carne asada meal with Scorpion chili-infused guacamole), leading to a new spice challenge that grew sales $100K

Sous Chef, Cantina La Vida, San Diego, CA | May 2016 to May 2018

  • Developed menu, prepared food, and managed inventory in coordination with head chef
  • Trained restaurant personnel on safe food storage and effective portion control
  • Helped kitchen team reduce waste by over 20%, saving $40K per year


Bachelor of Arts (BA) – Culinary Arts, San Diego Culinary Institute, San Diego, CA | 2016


ServSafe Manager, National Restaurant Association | 2016

Frequently Asked Questions: Sous Chef Resume Examples and Advice

What are common action verbs for sous chef resumes? -

One of the best ways to enhance your resume is by starting each bullet point with a strong action verb. Dynamic verbs help you keep the hiring manager’s attention and show the varied nature of your experience. Find a good mix of action verbs for your resume with the list below:

Action Verbs
Analyzed Assisted
Collaborated Conducted
Coordinated Created
Delivered Designed
Developed Drove
Enhanced Evaluated
Expedited Facilitated
Improved Led
Managed Oversaw
Performed Pinpointed
Planned Prevented
Provided Ranked
Streamlined Strengthened
Supported Won
How do you align your sous chef resume with a job posting?-

The Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts that jobs for chefs and head cooks will increase by about 5% between 2022 and 2032.

You can get more interviews in this growing field if you tailor your resume for each application. One great way to do this is by briefly describing the restaurants or other food service places you’ve worked in [brackets] right next to or below the employer's name.

Restaurant descriptions let you show any similarities between your past employers and the one who posted the job. For example, maybe you’ve worked for restaurants of a similar size or cuisine. Or you might have worked at organizations with a similar leadership approach or service philosophy. Working these details into your descriptions makes your resume more relevant to the job opening.

What is the best sous chef resume format? -

Most sous chefs should use the combination (or hybrid) format. True to its name, this format combines two important features of other resume formats: the chronological format’s experience section and the functional format’s profile section. (The resume examples on this page all use combination format.)

A combination resume offers the best of both worlds by fusing these features. The experience section lets you outline your recent work history – essential information for most employers. At the same time, the profile section lets you showcase your career highlights at the top, regardless if they’re from that work history or another part of your background. The resulting resume is straightforward but also strategic. It gives hiring managers the clearest possible view of your experience and relevant strengths, so they can decide to call you for an interview.

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Expert Advice
Include a cover letter with your resume
To increase your chances of an interview, write and submit a strong cover letter. The key to a good cover letter is tailoring it to each job opening. Read our main cover letter guide to learn how. See our food service and restaurant manager cover letter guides for other related examples.
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