Chef Cover Letter Samples Examples

Dear Mr. Naccarato,

As a professional chef specializing in French, Greek and Italian cuisines, I know I could bring a new twist on taste to the menu at Wilder’s Restaurant. My experience working as a chef includes successfully running the kitchen at a four-star eatery in Napa Valley. I am a proud graduate of San Francisco’s California Culinary Academy and I have five years of post-graduate experience directing a kitchen in my capacity as a chef.

I design all menus and change offerings frequently to keep the dining experience fresh. The menus does continue to have a few signature dishes but the other items change at least monthly. This keeps guests coming back to try the latest dishes I create with my staff.

Being a great chef involves more than being able to cook. I successfully supervise all kitchen staff, ensuring they work well together to prep food stations and assist me in preparing dishes and appetizers. My kitchen is well-run and we consistently deliver high-quality meals in a timely manner to keep guests satisfied.

I would love to head the kitchen at Wilder’s. I have enclosed my resume and will wait for your call. I would like to schedule my cooking demonstration interview soon.

Sincerely,

Stephen Shoemaker

Round out your job application with a professional cover letter. We have plenty of info about cover letters and how to write your own, but if you are specifically looking to work as a chef, you’ve come to the right place.

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Table of Contents

  1. Chef Cover Letter Samples (Image)
  2. Related Cover Letters
  3. Chef Cover Letter Samples (Text Format)
  4. 5 Tips for Writing Your Chef Cover Letter

1. Chef Cover Letter Samples (Image)

The below images show both the Executive and Sous Chef Cover Letter and their corresponding Resumes. You can download your own for free by clicking the images below.

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2. Related Cover Letters

3. Chef Cover Letter Samples (Text Format)

Executive Chef Resume

Your Name

142 Facebook Blvd.

NY, New York, 94301 United States

(423)135-4624

[email protected]

Oct 30, 2015

Hiring Manager’s Name

341 Company Address

NY, New York, 94301

(xxx)xxx-xxxx

[email protected]

Dear [Hiring Manager’s Name],

My name is Richie Diamond, and I am an executive chef with experience in banqueting and menu development for Michelin 3-star quality establishments. I saw your job posting on Indeed.com and believe I am the most suitable candidate to take on the prestigious title of executive chef at your restaurant.

Having served as an executive chef for 10 years at highly-lauded locations like 12th and Madison and The Hog’s Head, I am well-versed in both the logistical requirements and demanding culinary standards that characterize the food and beverage industry today. I believe these examples from my resume speak to my ability:

  • Planned and supervised large-scale banqueting and catering events, resulting in a 150% profit margin increase 2 years in a row.
  • Designed high-quality menu items using in-season ingrediants, reducing overall costs by 80%.
  • Prepared and maintained annual budget throughout the year via forecasting, cost control, and labor management.

I really appreciate how [Target Restaurant] has adamently and continually sourced organic ingredients from reputable, local organizations like Grassroots Economics to stimulate margionalized communities. The [Target Restaurant’s] vision and future goals are synonymous with my own lifestyle and career choices, and I would love to contribute to this end.

I am excited about this opportunity and would like to come in for an interview at your earliest convenience. Please contact me at [Phone] or via email at [Email] so we can arrange a time to meet. Thank for your time and consideration; I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Richie Diamond

Sous Chef Resume

Your Name

142 Facebook Blvd.

Chicago, IL, 94301 United States

(423)135-4624

[email protected]

March 21, 2017

Hiring Manager’s Name

341 Company Address

Chicago, IL, 94301

(xxx)xxx-xxxx

[email protected]

Dear [Hiring Manager’s Name],

My name is Michael Pratt, and I am a sous chef with extensive experience in fine dining and banqueting establishments. I saw [Target Restaurant’s] job posting on LinkedIn and think that I would be a great fit for the role of executive chef.

In the past, I’ve had the opportunity to serve as a culinary artist at the prestigious Centre de Formation d’Apprentis du Roannais (CFA) institute in Riorges, France, and have worked for 6 years under sought-after executive chefs at The Farmer’s Table, where I refined my skill in cooking American, Japanese, and French cuisine. These examples from my tenure at The Farmer’s Table and Stokesdale Country Club can attest to my knowledge of the industry and areas of expertise:

  • Revamped menu items with emphasis on local, fresh ingrediants, increasing annual profits last year by 60%.
  • Regularly prepped and cooked for large-scale banqueting events, often seating between 200-300 guests.
  • Monitored kitchen inventory to avoid food waste; cut down food costs 2 years in a row by 25%.

One aspect of [Target Restaurant] that has caught my attention, and I would like to contribute to, is the culinary team’s emphasis on incorporating different regional haute cuisine dishes into their menu each week. This encourages customers to venture into previously unexplored gustatory avenues that will open them up to a diverse range of unique and exotic flavors.

Working in the capacity of executive chef with your culinary team thrills me, and I would like to come in for an interview as soon as possible. Please contact me at [Phone] or via Email at [Email] so we can arrange a suitable time. Thank you for your time and consideration; I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Michael Pratt

4. 5 Tips For Writing Your Chef Cover Letter

The food and beverage industry is notorious for haughty egos and high turnover rates. To make it, you need an iron resolve, creativity, self-confidence, and a vision.

1. Be Thorough: The main function of a cover letter is to provide the following information to employers: work experience, skill, and intent. Make sure you include all three of these throughout your cover letter so it looks complete.

2. Be Confident: The food and beverage industry is notorious for haughty egos and high turnover rates. To make it, you need an iron resolve, creativity, self-confidence, and a vision. When it comes to your cover letter, demonstrating these qualities in your writing will show employers you have the “it” factor.

3. Be Precise: Part of having a vision is knowing what you want. You should be emphatic about what it is you desire to do in your cover letter. Are you talented with certain types of cuisines? Do you enjoy creating menu items from leftover stock (a very desirable quality, as it reduces food waste)? Anything like this belongs in your cover letter.

It’s fine to use some lines and experiences from your resume to bolster your credibility on a cover letter.

4. Show Off Your Experience: This is all you have as a culinary artist. Chefs pride themselves on where they’ve worked, as should you. Namedrop prestigious chefs you may have learned under, and include weighty titles like “Michelin 3-star,” “La Liste,” and “The World’s 50 Best Restaurants” if you’ve had the privilege to work at such an establishment. Just for perspective (and for laughs), Gordon Ramsay once cried over losing 2 stars at his famed Gordon Ramsay at the London restaurant in New York.

5. Draw From Your Resume: It’s fine to use some lines and experiences from your resume to bolster your credibility on a cover letter. For example, our sous chef applicant cites his internship experience in France, which will catch the eyes of executive chefs. Also, we recommend including bullet points from your professional experience that highlight your skills and accomplishments.

 

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