What do restaurants do if the head chef suddenly quits?

Realistically, what would happen? Does the restaurant just close while they look for another head chef to quickly learn the menu or something? Get a lower chef to act like head chef for a while?

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  • 8 months ago

    I would need to know more about this situation, did the chef just walk out without giving notice? Did the chef give their notice and quit without warning? This plays heavily into the equation here. Usually a resturant will have a "assistant sous chef" or "head line cook" (label changes based on the resturant), that works full time and will preform chef-esque duties and step in if need be. The assistant would most likely step up and act as the "intern sous chef" until management can hire a new sous chef.

    I work at a resturant at queens university and we had the sous chef take a 2 week sabatical, and also the night chef walk off the job suddenly. What management did was for the past 2 weeks they didn't use a sous chef during the day (7:30am-4:30pm), instead they relied more heavily on the two food prep workers during the day until the sous chef came back. As for the night chef, because were a big company (the university), we rotated different chefs in each night from different pubs, and for the next week, we are using are sous chef to work both the day and night shift, until we bring on a full time night chef starting on Monday.

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  • 8 months ago

    Usually, the second in line steps up...

    Everyone should already know how to prepare all of the food anyway, its not as big of a deal as you think.

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  • 8 months ago

    Promote next in line usually the most experienced

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  • Bort
    Lv 6
    9 months ago

    All businesses prepare for this. In a restaurant chefs don't do absolutely everything. There are other staff that do other things toward preparing what the meals include like "prep" which is staff that does preparation - they chop the onions, slice the tomatoes, cut the fries, make sure the chef's spices he/she uses are stocked. So there are more people than just the chef that knows the recipies and how to cook the menu items.

    The whole place isn't screwed and going under because the main cook leaves. Someone else, most likely the senior prep person, steps in to the cook position.

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  • Maxi
    Lv 7
    9 months ago

    They call a temp agency for a chef

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  • Anonymous
    9 months ago

    They burn the restaurant down for the insurance money.

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  • Tavy
    Lv 7
    9 months ago

    The other chefs take over. Why would it close, the other chefs Can cook.

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  • Anonymous
    9 months ago

    Someone below him is promoted either temporarily or permanently.

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  • 9 months ago

    The person directly under the head chef take over until they can hire another...or if the assistant head chef is very good...then that person just got a promotion.

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  • 9 months ago

    They promote one of the lower chefs up for at least the time being. The lower guys all know the food, they never close.

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