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Become A Cook/Server

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Working As A Cook/Server

  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Getting Information
  • Training and Teaching Others
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Repetitive

  • $18,910

    Average Salary

What Does A Cook/Server Do At Marriott International

* Guest Environment Experts are skilled in a wide range of housekeeping functions with responsibility for maintaining the impeccable appearance and cleanliness of the property.
* Our jobs arent just about giving guests a clean room and a freshly made bed.
* Instead, we want to build an experience that is memorable and unique.
* Our Guest Environment Experts are skilled in a wide range of housekeeping functions with responsibility for maintaining the appearance and cleanliness of the whole hotel.
* They are empowered to move about their space and do what needs to be done.
* Whether delivering guest requests, stocking carts, cleaning rooms and public spaces, or other similar responsibilities, the Guest Environment Expert makes sure the spaces in the hotel help create a great guest experience.
* No matter what position you are in, there are a few things that are critical to success " ensuring a safe work place, following company policies and procedures, maintaining confidentiality, upholding quality standards, and ensuring your uniform, personal appearance, and communications are professional.
* Guest Environment Experts will be on their feet and moving around (stand, sit, or walk for an extended time) and taking a hands-on approach to work (move, lift, carry, push, pull, and place objects weighing less than or equal to 50 pounds without assistance).
* Doing all these things well (and other reasonable job duties as requested) is critical for Guest Environment Experts " to get it right for our guests and our business each and every time.
* To apply now, go to: https://marriott.taleo.Net/careersection/2/jobdetail.ftl?job=180006GA Marriott International is consistently recognized as an employer of choice globally by FORTUNE magazine, DiversityInc and Great Places to Work Institute, among others.
* Visit www.marriott.com/careers to learn more about our workplace culture and career opportunities.
* Chat, engage and follow us on social media. https://www.facebook.com/marriottjobsandcareers http://www.twitter.com/marriottcareers http://www.linkedin

What Does A Cook/Server Do At Aramark

* Sets up and breaks down work stations
* Maintains a clean and sanitary work station
* Cooks and prepares food according to production guidelines and recipes
* Knowledge of food product, identification, and acceptable level of food quality
* Ensures food is stored at the appropriate temperature for the appropriate length of time and follows all food safety standards
* Completes daily temperature logs
* Must know methods of food preparation, cooking times, and portion sizes to ensure food is prepared in prescribed manner
* Evaluates food quality and preparedness by tasting
* Cuts, trims, bones, and carves meats and poultry for cooking
* Responsible for using correct portions when cutting, preparing, and serving items
* Cleans and sanitizes work areas, equipment, and utensils
* Additional Job Functions:
* Assists in other areas as needed
* Adheres to weekly/monthly cleaning schedules as posted by management
* Completion of any task requested by a supervisor or member of the Aramark management team

What Does A Cook/Server 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.
* Performs other duties as assigned

What Does A Cook/Server Do At Council Bluffs Community School District

* Assist with quantity food preparation and help plan the preparation of some items
* Prepare food according to a planned menu, amounts as outlined on production sheet and a standardized recipe
* Assist with daily cleaning of kitchen and equipment to maintain safe and sanitary conditions
* Set up/break down serving lines
* Report inferior quality of food or faulty equipment to the appropriate authority
* Perform assigned duties as outlined by supervisor

What Does A Cook/Server Do At English Meadows

* Adheres to and conveys the philosophy of Assisted Living
* Has awareness and practices in accordance with the regulations of the state.
* Practices good infection control and universal precautions
* Plan community and individual resident menus in conjunction with the menus prepared by a licensed Dietitian.
* Prepare alternate meals as required
* Ensure food is nutritional, appetizing, prepared as planned and served in a timely manner.
* Ensure appropriate meals and snacks are served to residents with special dietary needs.
* Ensure all utensils, dishes, equipment and work areas are cleaned on a timely basis.
* Ensure proper storage of all foods and supplies according to Health Regulations.
* Order and keep suf?cient supplies on hand to perform duties.
* Cleaning dining room after meals.
* Serve resident meals with a happy and professional attitude
* Encourage residents to eat meals
* Properly clean and put away all dishes
* Observes and communicates any changes in resident physical or mental condition to the Nursing Supervisor.
* Assists with training of new team members.
* Avoids loss, breakage and waste of supplies and equipment.
* Maintains a neat and orderly housekeeping department.
* Wears name tag at all times.
* Has a working walkie on them during their shift.
* Maintains clean, neat, comfortable, safe environment for residents, team members and visitors.
* Responsible for responding to door alarms as needed.
* Knows and follows Emergency Procedures, Elopement and all other procedures.
* Performs all other duties assigned by Maintenance Director
* Must attend and/or complete all assigned training to meet DSS regulations
* Responsible for keeping resident information con?dential; respecting resident rights; respecting privacy

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How To Become A Cook/Server

Most food and beverage service jobs are entry-level jobs and do not require a high school diploma. The majority of workers receive short-term on-the-job training.

Most states require workers, such as nonrestaurant servers, who serve alcoholic beverages to be 18 years of age or older.


There are no formal education requirements for becoming a food and beverage serving worker.


Most workers learn their skills through short-term on-the-job training, usually lasting several weeks. Training includes basic customer service, kitchen safety, safe food-handling procedures, and good sanitation habits.

Some employers, particularly those in fast-food restaurants, teach new workers with the use of self-study programs, online programs, audiovisual presentations, or instructional booklets that explain food preparation and service procedures. However, most food and beverage serving and related workers learn their skills by watching and working with more experienced workers.

Some full-service restaurants provide new dining room employees with classroom training sessions that alternate with periods of on-the-job work experience. The training communicates the operating philosophy of the restaurant, helps new employees establish a personal rapport with other staff, teaches employees formal serving techniques, and instills a desire in the staff to work as a team.

Some nonrestaurant servers and bartender helpers who work in establishments where alcohol is served may need training on state and local laws concerning the sale of alcoholic beverages. Some states, counties, and cities mandate such training, which typically lasts a few hours and can be taken online or in-house.


Advancement opportunities are limited to those who remain on the job for a long time. However, some dining room and cafeteria attendants and bartender helpers may advance to waiter, waitress, or bartender positions as they learn the basics of serving food or preparing drinks.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Food and beverage serving and related workers must listen carefully to their customers’ orders and relay them correctly to the kitchen staff so that the orders are prepared to the customers’ request.

Customer-service skills. Food service establishments rely on good food and customer service to keep customers and succeed in a competitive industry. As a result, workers should be courteous and be able to attend to customers’ requests.

Physical stamina. Food and beverage serving and related workers spend most of their worktime standing, carrying heavy trays, cleaning work areas, and attending to customers’ needs.

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Cook/Server Demographics


  • Female

  • Male

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

  • Unknown

  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • German

  • Italian

  • Portuguese

  • Arabic

  • Mandarin

  • Russian

  • Hmong

  • Korean

  • Chinese

  • Tagalog

  • Japanese

  • Vietnamese

  • Hindi

  • Hawaiian

  • Carrier

  • Somali

  • Ukrainian

  • Malay

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Top Cook/Server Skills

  1. Outstanding Customer Service
  2. Kitchen Equipment
  3. Prep Food
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Received other awards for outstanding customer service and leadership.
  • Conducted daily inspections and maintained food sanitation and kitchen equipment safety reports.
  • Prepare kitchen lines for cooks in the morning, and begin to prep food for the day.
  • Measured and prepared ingredients of special condiments required for specific food items being prepared.
  • Attended to customer orders with high accuracy and pleasant attitude.

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