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Working As A First 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 A First Cook Do At Northwell Health

* Cooks and prepares all items on menu in a timely fashion as per recipe specifications.
* Delegates daily work between self and cook’s helper.
* Assures quality of food being prepared during shift such as taste, look, and temperature.
* Assures sanitary standards are upheld by delegating these duties amongst cooks helpers and porters.
* Follows up to be sure day dot system (a color coordinated system for freshness and expiration of food) is in place and is being used properly.
* Assists other employees, as needed.
* Maintains a clean, neat, and orderly workstation

What Does A First Cook Do At NYU Medical Center

* Provides a NYULMC luxury Patient / Retail / Catering dining experience in a warm and personalized manner; provides clients with the highest quality of food product that consistently and effectively reflect the luxurious nature of NYULMC Patient / Retail / Catering Services.
* Prepares food items in accordance to recipes to support menus and ensures the highest quality of food preparation and excellent plate presentation.
* Prepares and cooks a wide variety of food including meats, poultry, and seafood.
* Knows how to prepare from scratch any kind of: cream soups & clear soups, different vegetable cuts, starches, grilled meats / fish, different kinds of sauces hot and cold, marinades and dipping sauces for any kinds of fish, meats & seafood items, roast, stew dishes, salad dressings, terrines, and galantines.
* Sets up and prepares equipment for use in food production.
* Follows proper cooking procedures in accordance with the standardized recipe cards and the supervisors instructions to produce a uniform product.
* Implements procedures necessary to satisfy all client dietary restrictions.
* Garnishes the food properly.
* Utilizes all types of kitchen equipment to prepare food.
* Uses the appropriate following equipment: broilers, ovens, deep-fat fryers, slicers, choppers, steamers, steam kettles, tilt kettles, mixers, robo coup, and miscellaneous small equipment such as knives, paddles, whips, etc.
* Uses the appropriate equipment for the proper preparation and service of food.
* Maintains open communication and good relationships with others.
* Provides assistance and contributes new ideas to the department.
* Plans work assignments accordingly and utilizes time effectively.
* Leads the production team to meet Patient / Retail / Catering objectives under the direction of the Chef De Cuisine.
* Trains and monitors all cooks, short order cooks, and salad preparers

What Does A First Cook Do At Aramark

* Sets up and breaks down work stations
* Hot and cold cook
* 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
* Display excellent customer service and maintain well groomed neat appearance
* 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 First Cook Do At Compass Group, North America

* Takes orders from customer and prepares items requiring short preparation.
* Completes orders from steam tables and serves customers at multiple stations.
* Serves customers in an efficient, friendly manner following established steps of service meeting outlined standards.
* Ensures food is at the correct temperature and is attractive and tasty.
* Tastes all prepared food items.
* Uses established ticket-collection procedures during service.
* Responsible for records from area worked during service periods.
* Uses approved recipes and production standards to ensure proper quality, serving temperatures and standard portion control.
* Carries pans, kettles and trays of food to and from workstations, stove and refrigerator in accordance with established safety standards.
* Stores foods in designated areas following standard wrapping, dating and food safety and rotation procedures.
* Cleans, sanitizes and maintains all assigned work areas, equipment and utensils to ensure sanitation standards are met.
* Resolves customer concerns and reports relevant information and concerns to supervisor.
* Attends in-service and safety meetings.
* Maintains good working relationships with coworkers, customers, administrators and managers.
* Performs job safely while maintaining a clean, safe work environment.
* 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 First Cook Do At Marriott

* Prepare special meals or substitute items.
* Regulate temperature of ovens, broilers, grills, and roasters.
* Pull food from freezer storage to thaw in the refrigerator.
* Ensure proper portion, arrangement, and food garnish.
* Maintain food logs.
* Monitor the quality and quantity of food that is prepared.
* Communicate assistance needed during busy periods.
* Inform Chef of excess food items for use in daily specials.
* Inform F&B service staff of 86'ed items and available menu specials.
* Ensure the quality of the food items.
* Prepare and cook food according to recipes, quality standards, presentation standards, and food preparation checklist.
* Prepare cold foods.
* Assist management in hiring, training, scheduling, evaluating, counseling, disciplining, and motivating and coaching employees; serve as a role model.
* Follow all company and safety and security policies and procedures; report maintenance needs, accidents, injuries, and unsafe work conditions to manager; complete safety training and certifications.
* Ensure uniform and personal appearance are clean and professional; maintain confidentiality of proprietary information; protect company assets.
* Anticipate and address guests' service needs.
* Speak with others using clear and professional language.
* Develop and maintain positive working relationships with others; support team to reach common goals; listen and respond appropriately to the concerns of other employees.
* Ensure adherence to quality expectations and standards.
* Stand, sit, or walk for an extended period of time.
* Reach overhead and below the knees, including bending, twisting, pulling, and stooping.
* Move, lift, carry, push, pull, and place objects weighing less than or equal to 25 pounds without assistance.
* Perform other reasonable job duties as requested by Supervisors To apply now, go to: https://marriott.taleo.Net/careersection/2/jobdetail.ftl?job=170021DA Marriott International is consistently recognized as an employer of choice globally by FORTUNE magazine, DiversityInc and Great Places to Work Institute, among others.
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How To Become A First 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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  • Asian

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Greek

  • Italian

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Real First Cook Salaries

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Cook First La Carreta Inc. Summerville, SC Jun 01, 2015 $40,655
First & Second Cook El Jimador Clemson, SC Nov 03, 2014 $39,110
Cook First Panda Garden Lexington, KY Dec 01, 2010 $30,000 -
Cook First Panda Garden, LLC Lexington, KY Dec 16, 2010 $30,000 -
Cook First Panda Garden, LLC Lexington, KY Dec 22, 2010 $30,000 -

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Top First Cook Skills

  1. Kitchen Equipment
  2. Menu Items
  3. Hot Meals
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Operated, maintained, and cleaned field kitchen equipment while performing preventive maintenance on garrison and field kitchen equipment.
  • Performed preliminary food preparation procedures and/or cooked menu items listed on the production schedule.
  • Prepared two hot meals for three schools daily, serving over 300 middle and high school students
  • Establish operating and work procedures, inspect dining, food preparation / storage areas; as well as dining facility personnel.
  • Clean food preparation areas, cooking surfaces, and utensils.

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