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UK restaurant terminolgy query

Harters | May 6, 201503:30 AM

I've been watching the "Chefs on Trial" series. Now I have to say that I found the format irritating in the extreme and only stuck with the first four programmes because I've eaten at the restaurant - Gilpin, Windermere (Gilpin Lodge,as was). Thankfully, I had videoed it and could whizz through all the claptrap, fake excitement and repetition, reducing a 60 minute tedium into a more manageable 20 minutes

That aside, my query is this.... the restaurant was seeking to recruit an "executive head chef" (a post they were prepared to pay into 6 figures for the right person).

Now, I know what a "head chef" is. And I think I understand what an "Executive Chef" is - usually a senior manager overseeing a range of operations. But I don't think I've ever heard of an "executive head chef" before. Is this a real job that I've just missed and, if so, how might it differ from a "head chef" or an "executive chef"? Or is it just some form of puffery on the part of Gilpin? And would you expect to find one in a small country house hotel - particularly one that already employs a "head chef"?

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