Share your talents, background and expertise.Job Duties of an Executive Chef Because Executive Chefs are responsible for all operations within the kitchen, they have numerous duties. As a result, most Executive Chefs report that they work shifts that are as long as ten to fourteen hours a day. The duties performed by an Executive Chef include the following: Ordering Supplies. The Executive Chef must ensure that all supplies are ordered, stocked, and properly stored. This includes all food items, dishes and utensils, cleaning products, cooking supplies, and any other item necessary for kitchen functioning. Recipe and Meal Creation. Probably the most exciting responsibility of an Executive Chef is the creation of recipes and meals that will keep customers coming back for more. Whether it is new dishes that have never been tried before, or just a take on a classic dish, the Executive Chef is responsible for all food that reaches a customer’s plate. The best Executive Chefs remain up to date on new techniques and trends in dining so that they can continue to modify the menu to suit their customers. Accounting. Executive Chefs are often responsible for keeping track of kitchen expenses, reporting to the owner what is spent and what is needed for the kitchen. Information about the expenses incurred by the kitchen must be accurately tracked and reported. Staffing. The Executive Chef is responsible for hiring and firing kitchen and sometimes wait staff. He or she is responsible for making sure the kitchen is adequately staffed in all areas, and that employees receive the necessary training to ensure quality culinary dishes are produced. The Executive Chef assigns duties to his or her staff, such as food preparation tasks, or assigned line positions. Cooking. Surprisingly, cooking is often the part of the job where the Executive Chef spends the least amount of his time. Depending on the number of additional staff in the kitchen, an Executive Chef may cook only on special occasions.