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Lead Chef

Expert Sources: Edward Eum
Date: August 7, 2019
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Career Overview

Lead Chefs in television, film and commercials feed the cast and crew breakfast and lunch on production days. As part of the catering team, they feed from 50 to 350 people at any given time.

Alternate Titles

Key Caterer, Catering, Chef Driver, Head Chef

Avg. Salary


Salary Range

$25K – $69K1

Career Description

Eddie Eum is the Lead Chef at Bruce’s Gourmet Catering, a catering company that has fed cast and crew on leading shows including This Is Us, Big Little Lies, Scandal, American Horror Story and Modern Family.

He explains the setup for a catering team in the motion picture industry: “I am the Chef and Lead of my team. On production, I am actually labeled as a Chef Driver because I drive the catering truck! We work out of the truck itself and it is fully equipped with refrigeration and a full commercial kitchen. It’s a tight squeeze, but ours is a luxury compared even to some of the restaurants I’ve worked at.

“I’m lucky because Bruce’s Gourmet Catering provides us with really nice equipment. I also have a support vehicle, a box truck, which carries all our setup materials such as tables and chairs, catering setups, dishes, dispensers, you name it.”

Eum manages a team that breaks down as Lead Chef, Lead Cook (like a Sous Chef at a restaurant) and the Helpers. “We all have