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Working As A Kitchen 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 Kitchen Cook 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 Kitchen Cook Do At Marriott

* Maximum of ten responsibilities, in order of percentage of time spent on functions from longest to shortest; do not list anything that doesnot represent at least 10% of the job's time.
* Please include supervisory responsibilities.
* Perform basic knife skills (i.e. slice, dice, julienne) in the preparation and production of food items.
* Prepare and produce baked and pastry items according to established standards in pastry kitchens as assigned.
* Clean and organize walk-in coolers, food production areas, equipment, and general kitchen areas.
* Provide support to the front line, following guidelines given by management.
* Store food and chemicals appropriately.
* Perform according to HACCP, OSHA and sanitation guidelines.
* Perform other duties as assigned

What Does A Kitchen Cook Do At Fairmont

* Reporting to the Executive Chef
* OAK, responsibilities and essential job functions include but are not limited to the following:
* Consistently offer professional, friendly and proactive guest service while supporting fellow Colleagues
* Prepare, cook and service all food items for a la carte andor buffet menus according to hotel recipes and standards
* Ensure the cleanliness and maintenance of all work areas, utensils, and equipment
* Have full knowledge of all menu items, daily features and promotions
* Follow kitchen policies, procedures and service standards
* Follow all safety and sanitation policies when handling food and beverage
* Other duties as assigned
* Employee Status

What Does A Kitchen Cook Do At Hy-Vee Food Stores

* Provides prompt, efficient and friendly customer service.
* Prepares various foods for Hy
* Vee's Kitchen department and is responsible for all hot foods and cold foods including available heat-and-eat varieties.
* Accountable and Reports to (Job Title): Store Director, Assistant Store Director; Managers GM, Perishables, and Store Operations, Assistant Managers,
* Kitchen Manager, Assistant Kitchen Manager
* Positions that Report to you (Job Title): None
* Provides prompt, efficient and friendly customer service by exhibiting caring, concern and patience in all customer interactions and treating customers as the most important people in the store.
* Smiles and greets customers in a friendly manner, whether the encounter takes place in the employee's designated department or elsewhere in the store.
* Makes an effort to learn customers' names and to address them by name whenever possible.
* Assists customers by: (examples include)
* escorting them to the products they're looking for
* securing products that are out of reach
* loading or unloading heavy items
* making note of and passing along customer suggestions or requests
* performing other tasks in every way possible to enhance the shopping experience.
* Answers the telephone promptly when called upon and provides friendly, helpful service to customers who call.
* Works with co-workers as a team to ensure customer satisfaction and a pleasant work environment.
* Prepares the cooking surfaces.
* Prepares vegetables and sides and cooks meats and breakfast foods.
* Places food in hot cases, monitors amounts, and refills as necessary.
* Fills the cold case with overflow food.
* Prepares items for the next day.
* Ensures personal understanding of all aspects of the kitchen.
* Understands and practices proper sanitation procedures and ensures the work area is always clean and neat.
* Maintains strict adherence to department and company guidelines related to personal hygiene and dress.
* Adheres to company policies and individual store guidelines.
* Reports to work when scheduled and on time.
* These are considered occasional in nature)
* Provides direct customer service when necessary.
* Orders product and supplies when necessary or notifies department head of needs.
* Assists in other areas of store as needed

What Does A Kitchen Cook Do At Minnesota Visiting Nurse Agency

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* Checks menu and recipes via standardize recipes
* Checks supplies of necessary ingredients
* Prepares meal selections such as hot cereal, soups, gravy, roast beef, pork, breads, and desserts, including pastries, cakes, and cookies
* Operates kitchen appliances such as range, tilting brazier pan, slicer, chopper, steamer, steam jacketed kettle, mixer
* Serves as back-up for other cooks
* May prepare special food items in accordance with special diet requirements
* May assist in related facilities services operations
* Prepares standardized recipes
* Performs quality and quantity checks
* Uses proper methods in receiving, handling, and storing products
* Uses production sheets according to procedures
* Avoids waste, assists in cost containment; trains and provides work direction to residents (inmates) in a kitchen work program at a County correctional facility, including such tasks as meal preparation, cleaning cooking/ eating utensils, cleaning floors, and set-up/ serving of food; performs related duties as required
* Under the direct supervision of the chef, prepares and portions food for patients, employees, and special functions.
* Prepares baked goods and desserts for cafeteria and patients
* Performs various baking tests for custards, muffins, and danish, and tests new recipes
* Schedules daily food preparations as patient and cafeteria menus dictate
* Assigned to supervise and assist in the operation of the patient tray line
* Assists in checking various perishable and nonperishable food orders
* May place weekly food orders for milk, bread, etc.
* Responsible for the cleaning and proper use of equipment and reports repairs as needed
* Works alternate weekends and may assist in providing work direction to other kitchen employees
* Performs work of equal skill and responsibility as directed.
* May also perform work of a higher level in preparation for increased responsibility and may be requested to do work of lesser responsibility when the workload of the department so requires

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How To Become A Kitchen 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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Kitchen Cook Career Paths

Kitchen Cook
Shift Manager Office Manager
Account Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Security Officer Account Manager
Area Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Lead Cook Kitchen Supervisor Executive Chef
Assistant Food Service Director
5 Yearsyrs
Line Cook, Prep Cook Sous Chef Executive Chef
Assistant General Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Cleaner Security Officer Account Manager
Business Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Food Prep Food Service Director
Certified Dietary Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Kitchen Manager General Manager
District Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Shift Leader Kitchen Manager Restaurant Manager
Food And Beverage Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Prep Cook Chef Executive Chef
Food Service Director
9 Yearsyrs
Line Cook, Prep Cook Chef Executive Chef
Food Service Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Food Prep Forklift Operator Carpenter
General Contractor
6 Yearsyrs
Kitchen Manager Sous Chef Executive Chef
General Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Shift Leader Office Manager General Manager
Managing Partner
9 Yearsyrs
Prep Cook Kitchen Manager General Manager
Operations Director
9 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Service Technician Service Manager
Operations Manager
7 Yearsyrs
Cleaner Maintenance Technician Production Supervisor
Production Manager
6 Yearsyrs
Delivery Driver Maintenance Technician Project Manager
Program Manager
8 Yearsyrs
Lead Cook Executive Chef Assistant General Manager
Restaurant General Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Shift Manager General Manager Account Executive
Sales Manager
5 Yearsyrs
Machine Operator Production Supervisor Warehouse Supervisor
Warehouse Manager
5 Yearsyrs
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Kitchen Cook Demographics


  • Male

  • Female

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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

  • Japanese

  • Korean

  • Chinese

  • German

  • Hindi

  • Tagalog

  • Russian

  • Polish

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Top Kitchen Cook Skills

  1. Kitchen Prep
  2. Safety Standards
  3. Customer Service
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Worked main kitchen prepare foods for parties, buffet, specialevents that were booked box suites, rock and soul museum.
  • Scheduled activities to help maintain sanitation, health, and safety standards in work areas.
  • Provided courteous and informative customer service in an open kitchen format.
  • Performed the Back of the House Basic Stations as needed during a shift to ensure all menu items met operational standards.
  • Measure ingredients required for specific food items being prepared.

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