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Become A Grill Cook

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Working As A Grill Cook

  • Getting Information
  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings
  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $24,060

    Average Salary

What Does A Grill Cook Do

A Grill Cook is responsible for carrying out the duties that are specific to cooking food on the grill. They also ensure preventative and general maintenance of grilling equipment and make sure that food items are appropriately thawed before they are used.

How To Become A Grill 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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Grill 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

  • Italian

  • Japanese

  • Chinese

  • German

  • Swedish

  • Tagalog

  • Vietnamese

  • Mandarin

  • Arabic

  • Korean

  • Mongolian

  • Polish

  • Swahili

  • Hmong

  • Khmer

  • Greek

  • Carrier

  • Lingala

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Real Grill Cook Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Grill Cook (Taquero) Tacos El Gordo de Tijuana BC, LLC NV Feb 10, 2014 $28,550
Grill Cook Edelstroh Corp. D/B/A CAFE Edison New York, NY Jul 01, 2015 $25,896
Grill Cook Famous Dave's Westbury, NY Mar 11, 2010 $24,418
Grill Cook UCLA Restaurants Los Angeles, CA May 19, 2008 $24,272
Grill Cook Y H Phillips, LLC T/A CAFE Phillips Washington, DC Mar 18, 2016 $23,462
Prep/Grill Cook Catania Hospitality Group Sandwich, MA Mar 12, 2008 $22,435

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Top Skills for A Grill Cook


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Top Grill Cook Skills

  1. Prep Food
  2. Kitchen Equipment
  3. Customer Service Skills
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Cooked for lots of children Prep Foods Maintain Clean and Workable work Area
  • Operated and maintained kitchen equipment as instructed.
  • Improved customer service skills and practiced sanitary food handling capabilities
  • Measure ingredients required for specific food items being prepared.
  • Grill and garnish hamburgers or other meats such as steaks and chops.

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