A professional chef is a trained and skilled cook who is responsible for the preparation and presentation of meals in a restaurant or other professional food service setting. Professional chefs often have many years of training and experience and may hold a formal culinary degree or certification. The duties of a professional chef may include menu planning, food purchasing, inventory management, kitchen organization and staffing, and overseeing the preparation and presentation of meals. Some professional chefs may also be responsible for developing new recipes or creating signature dishes for their restaurants. In addition to technical culinary skills, professional chefs should also have strong leadership and management abilities, as they may be responsible for supervising a team of cooks and other kitchen staff.