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Working As An Assistant Cook

  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • $23,100

    Average Salary

What Does An Assistant Cook Do At Ascension Health

* Reviews menu and special orders to determine types and quantities of food items to be prepared.
* Prepares food in accordance with standardized recipes.
* Follows cooking schedule to ensure food will be ready at specified times.
* Confers with chef regarding modified diet preparation and use of leftovers.
* Adheres to Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) guidelines in the storage, handling and preparation of food as well as in the sanitation and maintenance of work area.
* Assists Head Cook with preparing meals and special events.
* Performs other duties as assigned.
* Serves as supervisor for Food & Nutrition staff in the absence of the Head Cook

What Does An Assistant Cook Do At Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast

* Participate in overall camp staff training.
* Assist with closing of the kitchen and camp.
* Plan and prepare healthy meals for staff, incorporating staff requests when possible.
* Coordinate, and participate with staff and other kitchen personnel in food preparation and clean-up.
* Be aware of and plan accordingly for staff and girl special dietary needs and allergies.
* Estimate needs, order, receive and store foodstuffs and supplies.
* Plan and coordinate with other staff for special events, for camp, and for troop activities.
* Maintain records of dishwasher and refrigerator temperatures during use.
* Interpret and enforce state, American Camp Association and Girl Scout safety guidelines and standards related to food handling and kitchen procedures.
* Prepare an evaluation and summary of current season including inventories, and recommendations for the following season.
* Other duties as assigned by supervisor or Camp Director

What Does An Assistant Cook Do At NYU Medical Center

* Reviews menus and work orders to determine type and quantities of food to be prepared for patients, cafeteria and catered functions
* Plans cooking schedules in order for food to be ready at specified times
* Confers with Production Manager/Executive Chef regarding modified diet prep and use of leftovers
* Procures food from refrigerator, freezer or other storage areas.
* Trims/ Cuts meat or fowl using knives
* Washes, trims, seasons, cooks, measures and mixes food according to recipes and Production Mangers instructions
* Uses a variety of kitchen utensils & equipment such as mixers, grinders etc, appropriately and safely
* Bakes, roasts, broils & steams meat, fish, vegetables & other food
* Adjusts heat control & timers on stoves, ovens, steam kettles & grills according to instructions
* Carves portions of meat, fish or fowl for individual servings
* Cooks products according to standardized recipes, controls oven temperature to produce desirable results
* Assists in plating and lidding portioned foods
* Maintains strict sanitary standards, according to departmental policy and procedures (e.g. handling food appropriately, maintaining temperatures, etc.) cleaning work stations, etc.
* Follows HACCP methods for storing, cooking, preparing and cooling potentially hazardous foods.
* Includes filling out appropriate temperature logs
* Fills our appropriate production sheets.
* Maintains established departmental policies and procedures, objectives, QI Program, safety, environmental & Infection Control StandardsCustomer Service: respectful, flexibility, knowledge, confident, professional, pleasant, attitude, patience & helpfulness
* Accepts directives from supervisor willingly

What Does An Assistant Cook Do At Wolf Creek Federal Services

* Prepares vegetables by washing, peeling, coring, grinding, shredding, or chopping, for use in entrees.
* Prepares meats for cooking by washing, trimming, boning, cutting, cubing, or forming into patties or loaves.
* Cooks or bakes items, which require minimum preparation.
* Helps cook and serve meals, ensuring that prepared foods are held and served at proper temperatures, and all left over foods are properly chilled and stored.
* Keeps food service area, tables, floors, and equipment clean and sanitary.
* Prepares desserts as needed.
* Assists with the appropriate storage of dry goods and freezer items.
* Maintains accountability of students and property; adheres to safety practices and OSHA standards.
* Cultivates and maintains a climate on Center, which is free of harassment, intimidation, and disrespect to provide a safe place for staff and students to work and learn.
* Promotes student attainment of career success standards through modeling appropriate skills, mentoring students, monitoring skills acquisition and intervening when inappropriate behavior is observed.
* Promote and cultivate positive customer service.
* Performs all other duties as requested

What Does An Assistant Cook Do At Genesis Healthcare

* Prepares palatable and appetizing meals in accordance with diet prescribed by attending physician, in absence of first cook;
* Handles and prepares food in accordance with sanitary regulations;
* Assists with preparation of food according to menu;
* Communicates freely with other dietary personnel and Food Service Director;
* Follows menus and production sheets according to menu;
* Meets meal schedules;
* Puts Customer Service First: Ensures that customers and families receive the highest quality of service in a caring and compassionate atmosphere which recognizes the individuals' needs and rights;
* Performs other duties as requested.
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How To Become An Assistant Cook

Most cooks learn their skills through on-the-job training and work-related experience. Although no formal education is required, some restaurant cooks and private household cooks attend culinary schools. Others attend vocational or apprenticeship programs.


Vocational cooking schools, professional culinary institutes, and some colleges offer culinary programs for aspiring cooks. These programs generally last from a few months to 2 years and may offer courses in advanced cooking techniques, international cuisines, and various cooking styles. To enter these programs, candidates may be required to have a high school diploma or equivalent. Depending on the type and length of the program, graduates generally qualify for entry-level positions as a restaurant cook.


Most cooks learn their skills through on-the-job training, usually lasting a few weeks. Trainees generally first learn kitchen basics and workplace safety and then learn how to handle and cook food.

Some cooks learn through an apprenticeship program. Professional culinary institutes, industry associations, and trade unions may sponsor such programs for cooks. Typical apprenticeships last 1 year and combine technical training and work experience. Apprentices complete courses in food sanitation and safety, basic knife skills, and equipment operation. They also learn practical cooking skills under the supervision of an experienced chef.

The American Culinary Federation accredits more than 200 academic training programs and sponsors apprenticeships through these programs around the country. The basic qualifications for entering an apprenticeship program are as follows:

  • Minimum age of 17
  • High school education or equivalent
  • Pass substance abuse screening

Some hotels, a number of restaurants, and the Armed Forces have their own training programs.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Many cooks learn their skills through work-related experience. They typically start as a kitchen helper or food preparation worker, learning basic cooking skills before they advance to assistant cook or line cook positions. Some learn by working under the guidance of a more experienced cook.


The American Culinary Federation certifies chefs, personal chefs, pastry chefs, and culinary administrators, among others. For cooks seeking advancement to higher level chef positions, certification can show accomplishment and lead to higher paying positions.

Advancement opportunities for cooks often depend on training, work experience, and the ability to prepare more complex dishes. Those who learn new cooking skills and who handle greater responsibility, such as supervising kitchen staff in the absence of a chef, often advance. Some cooks may train or supervise kitchen staff, and some may become head cooks, chefs, or food service managers.

Important Qualities

Comprehension. Cooks need to understand orders and follow recipes to prepare dishes correctly.

Customer-service skills. Restaurant and short-order cooks must be able to interact effectively with customers and handle special requests.

Dexterity. Cooks should have excellent hand–eye coordination. For example, they need to use proper knife techniques for cutting, chopping, and dicing.

Physical stamina. Cooks spend a lot of time standing in one place, cooking food over hot stoves, and cleaning work areas.

Sense of taste and smell. Cooks must have a keen sense of taste and smell to prepare meals that customers enjoy.

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Assistant Cook Demographics


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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Russian

  • Japanese

  • Chinese

  • Mandarin

  • Portuguese

  • German

  • Kazakh

  • Filipino

  • Tagalog

  • Italian

  • Czech

  • Latvian

  • Vietnamese

  • Romanian

  • Korean

  • Hungarian

  • Wolof

  • Norwegian

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Real Assistant Cook Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Assistant Cook, Board and Care Facility Joster and Associates, Inc. DBA: Joster Chateau San Diego, CA May 17, 2016 $33,550
Assistant Cook-Filipino Style Food FTI Philam Foods, Inc. New York, NY Sep 30, 2016 $31,741
Cook's Assistant Helga's Caterers McLean, VA Sep 21, 2015 $25,376
Assistant Cook Putnam Hospitality Inc. Greenwich, CT Feb 08, 2016 $25,147
Assistant Cook Shanghai CAFE Inc. UT Nov 19, 2013 $24,647
Assistant Cook Kalbi 505, LLC. New York, NY Jun 20, 2016 $23,941
Cook's Assistant Jalisco Inc. Madison, MS Jun 07, 2016 $22,957
Cook's Assistant Jalisco Inc. Oxford, MS May 27, 2016 $22,957
Japanese Cook Assistant Heavan and Earth Group Inc. Tyler, TX Jun 12, 2016 $21,500
Japanese Cook Assistant Heavan and Earth Group Inc. Tyler, TX Dec 15, 2016 $21,500
Assistant Cook HSC OMI Corp. DBA OMI Sushi West Hollywood, CA Dec 05, 2016 $21,486
Assistant Cook Villager Restaurant, LLC Kent, CT Jan 08, 2016 $21,466
Assistant Cook A & A Deli, LLC DBA A&A Italian Deli NY Oct 06, 2016 $21,258
Assistant Cook, Japanese Style Gesshin L.A., Inc. Los Angeles, CA Jul 06, 2016 $20,800
Assistant Cook Pizza Palace Fairfield, CT Nov 13, 2015 $20,405
Assistant Cook Shogun In Paris, Inc. Paris, TX Sep 30, 2016 $19,573

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Top Skills for An Assistant Cook


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Top Assistant Cook Skills

  1. Nutritious Meals
  2. Kitchen Equipment
  3. Prep Food
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Prepared nutritious meals and communicated with an array of patients and clinical staff
  • Tasked with ordering supplies, maintain inventory figures, and overseeing the cleaning of kitchen equipment
  • Assisted cook, cut and prep food to serve elders and cleaned and prepared for following days.
  • Assist with preparation of cooking menu items.
  • COOK Practices safe food handling techniques in food preparation and storage.

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