The environment can often pose risks to the chef from sharp objects, slippery floors, hot ovens and stoves. Most chefs work full-time hours and might be available during the day and on holidays and weekends. Some chefs may work overtime to meet demands for special events. On a normal day, they may arrive early to help with prep or stay past the restaurant’s closing to oversee cleaning. Some chef positions allow candidates to begin with minimal experience, but having some related experience or education can be useful.