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Pūkenga Tao Kai

This job is sometimes referred to by alternative titles

Chefs prepare and cook food in restaurants, hotels, cafes and bars.


Chefs usually earn

$16-$25 per hour

Head or executive chefs usually earn

$22-$49 per hour

Source: Hospitality NZ and TIANZ, 2016.

Job opportunities

Chances of getting work as a chef are good due to a shortage of workers.
Janice Anderson looking at a plate with food on it

Chefs need to know how to present food well

Last updated 7 September 2017