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Become A Fast Food Cook

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Working As A Fast Food Cook

  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Training and Teaching Others
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Deal with People

  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Repetitive

  • $20,549

    Average Salary

What Does A Fast Food Cook Do At Compass Group, North America

* Greets guests promptly and warmly.
* Takes food orders and efficiently relays them to back-of-the-house staff.
* Demonstrates a complete understanding of all menu items and ingredients.
* Communicates directly with back-of-the-house staff to ensure orders are delivered correctly and all special requests are addressed and accommodated.
* Interacts with customers and resolves customer complaints in a friendly, service-oriented manner.
* Relays relevant information to supervisor.
* Cooks fast-food items in compliance with all safety and safe food handling standards.
* Performs light cleaning duties, including sweeping and mopping, to maintain sanitation and safety standards.
* Keeps equipment, work area and facilities clean and in order.
* Performs sales transactions in a reasonable and timely fashion.
* Rings all items sold and obtains customer signature.
* Responsible for all assigned change, funds and cash receipts ensuring that cash drawer is in compliance.
* Performs other duties as assigned.
* About Compass Group: Achieving leadership in the foodservice industry
* Compass Group is an equal opportunity employer.
* At Compass, we are committed to treating all Applicants and Associates fairly based on their abilities, achievements, and experience without regard to race, national origin, sex, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other classification protected by law.
* Qualified candidates must be able to perform the essential functions of this position satisfactorily with or without a reasonable accommodation.
* Disclaimer: this job post is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all essential responsibilities, skills, tasks, or requirements associated with this position.
* While this is intended to be an accurate reflection of the position posted, the Company reserves the right to modify or change the essential functions of the job based on business necessity. /
* Los Angeles applicants: Compass Group will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring (Ban the Box ordinance)./
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What Does A Fast Food Cook Do At Kentucky Fried Chicken

Preparing food items using standardized processes, packing food orders, cleanliness of kitchen and food preparation areas, and cleaning

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How To Become A Fast Food 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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Fast Food Cook Demographics


  • Male

  • Female

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

  • Unknown

  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Hmong

  • Thai


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Real Fast Food Cook Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Cook, Fast Food Best Coffee House, Inc. Richmond, NY Jul 24, 2015 $29,578
Cooks, Fast Food Best Coffee House, Inc. Richmond, NY Jun 03, 2013 $29,578
Cooks, Fast Food Dell Enterprise Inc. MA Apr 01, 2014 $29,009
Cooks, Fast Food Dell Enterprise Inc. MA May 12, 2014 $29,009
Cook, Fast Food Deli Cross Enterprise, Inc. D/B/A Central CAFE & Deili New York, NY Jul 30, 2008 $29,000
Cook, Fast Food Hop Bo Chinese Restaurant Inc. West Melbourne, FL Aug 22, 2012 $26,800
Cook Fast Food Rose Mary Mateo Jackson, NY Feb 11, 2016 $26,088
Cooks, Specialty Fast Food NLP Nantucket Straight Wharf, LLC Nantucket, MA May 19, 2016 $25,607
Cooks, Fast Food Southend Pizza II Atlantic City, NJ Dec 09, 2010 $25,418
Fast Food Cook The Pumpernickel Deli, LLC Pasadena, CA Jun 11, 2010 $25,274
Cook, Fast Food Roman Delight Pizza of Fox Run Mall Inc. South Burlington, VT Jun 04, 2016 $24,960
Cook, Fast Food Roman Delight Pizza of Fox Run Mall Inc. East Brunswick, NJ Dec 13, 2010 $24,086
Cooks, Fast Food H & S Sprout Brook Inc. DBA Sprout Brook Deli & Pizza NY May 13, 2013 $23,625 -
Cooks, Fast Food Pete & Elda's Bar-Carmen's Pizzeria Neptune City, NJ Feb 28, 2012 $23,442
Cook, Fast Food Specialty Indian Surya Restaurants LLC DBA NAAN Stop Goleta, CA Dec 27, 2010 $21,287
Cooks, Fast Food MV 1414 Food, LLC DBA/Pizza Villagio CAFE New York, NY Dec 22, 2011 $21,100
Cooks, Fast Food Mario's Famous Pizza Randolph, NJ Dec 08, 2008 $21,100
Cook, Fast Food Mario's Famous Pizza Randolph, NJ Aug 12, 2008 $21,100
Cooks, Fast Food Orlando Arturo Velarde D/B/A Chick-Fil-A of Hamilt Hamilton, NJ May 05, 2011 $20,953
Cook, Fast Food Edgartown Seafood, Inc. MA Jun 02, 2014 $20,891
Cooks, Fast Food Taurasi Incorporated New York, NY May 29, 2008 $20,870
Cook, Fast Food Mt. Mansfield Company DBA Stowe Mountain Resort VT Nov 15, 2011 $20,870
Cooks, Fast Food Kw Simonton LLC, DBA CAFE Airlie Newark, NY Dec 03, 2010 $19,263
Cooks, Fast Food Pizza King Mount Vernon, NY Aug 26, 2008 $18,992
Cooks, Fast Food Treats R Us, Inc. Paris, TX Nov 21, 2012 $18,783 -
Cook, Fast Food Court Yard Catering & Specialties LLC PA Apr 01, 2012 $18,783
Cook Fast Food Crabtree Concessions Inc. Parker City, IN Jun 07, 2016 $18,783
Cook, Fast Food Manisfield Company, Inc. DBA Stowe Mountain Resor VT Nov 15, 2011 $18,679
Cooks, Fast Food Frank's Pizza Waynesboro, PA May 07, 2013 $18,470
Cooks, Fast Food Tres Bene Italian Delight Quakertown, PA Dec 13, 2010 $18,324 -

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Top Skills for A Fast Food Cook


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Top Fast Food Cook Skills

  1. Safety Standards
  2. Restock Workstations
  3. Cooking Surfaces
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Maintained sanitation, health, and safety standards in all cook work areas.
  • Take food and drink orders and receive payment from customers.Clean, stock, and restock workstations and display cases
  • Cleaned food preparation areas, cooking surfaces, and utensils using sanitary standards.
  • Cashier * Cleaning * Food prep * Customer Service
  • Read food order slips or receive verbal instructions as to food required by patron and prepare and cook according to instructions.

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