From Pamela Parseghian, Nation's Restaurant News
: Rick Smilow, president and chief executive of the
Institute of Culinary Education, takes a look at the salaries earned by
chefs and other culinary professionals in an upcoming book called
Nation's Restaurant News got a
sneak peek at a proof copy of the book, which offers advice on "how to
get your dream job in food." In it, Smilow writes that executive chefs
in some of the nation's top restaurants or large restaurant companies
can earn up to six-figure salaries.
Lockley, owner of Chefs' Professional Agency, a San Francisco-based
recruiter, said in the book that executive chefs make $70,000 to
$140,000, while sous chefs earn between $45,000 and $50,000.
and his co-author, Anne E. McBride, profile various people who work in
the restaurant industry, from executive chefs to line cooks, many of
whom revealed either their own salaries or general information about
salaries in their respective fields.
Examples in the book include:
Wrede, chef and partner in Taos Restaurant Group, which has five
restaurants in New Mexico and Colorado, said he makes “$150,000 base
salary, plus profit sharing.”
- Graham Elliot Bowles, a
chef-owner of Graham Elliot in Chicago, said cooks in Chicago on
average earn around $30,000, with chefs earning about twice that amount.
Gronlund, a research and development chef with Tabasco who works with
restaurant chains and food companies, said individuals in his area can
make “up to $200,000 for executive positions.”
- Chris Hanmer,
executive pastry chef of the Ritz-Carlton in Las Vegas, said salaries
in the pastry area range from $80,000 to $100,000.
pastry chef, Kimberly Schwenke of 312 in Chicago, said that the range
can go from $35,000 to $50,000 “depending on what you are doing and the
type of property.”
- Katie Button, a former line cook at Bazaar
by José Andrés in Beverly Hills, Calif., who was on her way to cook at
Ferran Adria’s elBulli in Roses, Spain, said the salary range for a
person at her level is between “free to $15.50 an hour.”
"Culinary Careers" is scheduled to be published this May by Clarkson Potter.