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Working As A Cook/Dietary Aide

  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • $17,222

    Average Salary

What Does A Cook/Dietary Aide Do At Pruitthealth

* Assists cook in the preparation of meals, salads, desserts, snacks or other dishes for patients/residents, also prepares between-meal nourishments (make sandwiches, etc.)
* Follows diet orders and NPO diet orders
* Serves nourishments in accordance with procedural guidelines
* Properly stores leftovers/ opened food
* Follows procedures for serving partner meals
* Offers menu substitutions and records them in accordance with procedural guidelines.
* Complies with infection control policies in the work area
* Delivers trays to patients/residents on halls and in dining area
* Assists with the serving/pouring of juice, milk, water, and tea, etc.; makes coffee/ tea as requested
* Cleans all tables in the dining area after each meal
* Cleans work area at the end of shift and after meals, including sweeping and mopping and stores all cleaning equipment appropriately
* Cleans kitchen equipment such as, carts, tables, counters, ice machine, buckets, blender, mixer, meat slicer, freezer, refrigerator, stove, steamer, garbage disposal, dish machine coffee/ tea maker, steam table etc.
* Removes garbage from kitchen areas and hoses out garbage containers
* Scrapes dishes, washes dishes, pots and pans and stores properly
* Records freezer and walk-in refrigerator temperatures in accordance with established procedures
* Maintains dishwasher and dish sink; checks and records water temperature (dishwasher, pat and pan sink, etc.); checks dishwasher with sanitizer strips; checks chemical levels and replaces if needed
* Maintains supply stock and properly stores items according to established procedures
* Sets up tray line and performs tray line service
* Operates the dish machine, garbage disposal, mixer, blender, meat slicer, steamer, coffee and tea maker
* Uses, cleans and maintains serving equipment (ladle, spoon, scoops, etc.) according to established procedures
* Working knowledge of food handling, preparation and storage techniques that comply with state and federal laws and regulations.
* Ability to apply regulations to work situations of cook and to supervision of staff assistants.
* Follows recipes and prepares foods that correspond to menu cycles prepared by Dietitian.
* Cook or prepares palatable, attractive, nutritionally adequate meals in institutional quantities that are served at proper times.
* Assists with supervision kitchen staff that assist with food preparation, assembling trays, cleaning and storage of supplies and equipment.
* Continuously cleans food service work areas as food preparation and service is done.
* Uses food supplies and equipment in an efficient and economic manner to prevent waste.
* Prepares and maintains supply of food substitutes to accommodate resident choices, cultural, ethnic and religious preferences.
* Inspects trays following meal service to monitor and record resident acceptance of menu items.
* Reports findings to Dietary Manager.
* Uses food preparation equipment according to manufacturer’s instructions.
* Follows proper cleaning techniques and preventative maintenance schedules.
* Handles, stores, dispose of food supplies and prepared food in accord with department procedures and in compliance with state and federal regulations

What Does A Cook/Dietary Aide Do At Texas Employer

* Responsible for assisting the cook with the overall food service operation of the MSHS center.
* Will obtain general knowledge of child development principles as they relate to nutrition and food preparation.
* Participate in all identified training requirements.
* Responsible for all kitchen components, which includes the preparation of required reports in the cook s absence.
* Assists in the preparation of food for meals and snacks for staff and children using pre-approved cycle menus and standardized recipes.
* The above statements are not a complete list of all roles and responsibilities performed by employees in this job.
* Employee may perform other related roles and responsibilities as assigned by their

What Does A Cook/Dietary Aide Do At Goodall-Witcher Hospital

* Assists in preparing meals for patients, residents and staff.
* Assists with the service of food to patients, employees and visitors.
* Helps maintain the cleanliness and sanitation of utensils and equipment in the kitchen and service areas

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How To Become A Cook/Dietary Aide

Food preparation workers typically learn their skills through on-the-job training. No formal education or previous work experience is required.


There are no formal education requirements for becoming a food preparation worker.


Most food preparation workers learn their skills through short-term on-the-job training, usually lasting several weeks. Trainees typically start by working under the supervision of an experienced worker, who teaches them basic kitchen duties. Training also may include basic sanitation and workplace safety regulations, as well as instructions on how to handle and prepare food.

Important Qualities

Dexterity. Food preparation workers chop vegetables, cut meat, and perform many other tasks with sharp knives. They must have the ability to work quickly and safely with sharp objects.

Listening skills. Food preparation workers must understand customers’ orders and follow directions from cooks, chefs, or food service managers.

Physical stamina. Food preparation workers stand on their feet for long periods while they prepare food, clean work areas, or lift heavy pots from the stove.

Physical strength. Food preparation workers should be strong enough to lift and carry heavy food supply boxes, which often can weigh up to 50 pounds.


Advancement opportunities for food preparation workers depend on their training and work experience. Many food preparation workers advance to assistant or line cook positions as they learn basic cooking skills.

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Cook/Dietary Aide Demographics


  • Female

  • Male

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Swedish

  • Portuguese

  • Irish

  • Chinese

  • German

  • Hmong

  • Tagalog

  • Somali

  • Dakota

  • Polish

  • Italian

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Top Skills for A Cook/Dietary Aide


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Top Cook/Dietary Aide Skills

  1. Meal Service
  2. Kitchen Equipment
  3. Prep Meals
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Stripped carts after each meal service; cleaned trays and dishes in preparation of next meal.
  • Requisition food supplies, kitchen equipment, and appliances, based on estimates of future needs.
  • cook and prep meals, set up dining room, prep and set menus and serve meals.
  • Follow guidelines and policies for food service prepared breakfast, lunch and dinner.
  • Prepared meals, planned out special diets, cooked for about 100 patients * Made up trays/passed out trays cleaning,

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