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Working As A Kitchen Staff

  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • $22,361

    Average Salary

What Does A Kitchen Staff Do

Food preparation workers perform many routine tasks under the direction of cooks, chefs, or food service managers. Food preparation workers prepare cold foods, slice meat, peel and cut vegetables, brew coffee or tea, and perform many other food service tasks. 

Duties

Food preparation workers typically do the following:

  • Clean and sanitize work areas, equipment, utensils, and dishes
  • Weigh or measure ingredients, such as meats and liquids
  • Prepare fruit and vegetables for cooking
  • Cut meats, poultry, and seafood and prepare them for cooking
  • Mix ingredients for salads
  • Store food in designated containers and storage areas to prevent spoilage
  • Take and record the temperature of food and food storage areas
  • Place food trays over food warmers for immediate service

Food preparation workers perform routine, repetitive tasks under the direction of cooks, chefs, or food service managers. To help cooks and other kitchen staff, they prepare ingredients for dishes by slicing and dicing vegetables and by making salads and cold food items. Other common duties include keeping salad bars and buffet tables stocked and clean.

Food preparation workers retrieve pots and pans, clean and store kitchen equipment, and unload and store food supplies. When needed, they retrieve food and equipment for cooks and chefs. In some kitchens, food preparation workers use a variety of commercial kitchen equipment, such as commercial dishwashers, blenders, slicers, or grinders.

In restaurants, workers stock and use soda machines, coffeemakers, and espresso machines to prepare beverages for customers. In fast-food restaurants, food preparation workers may take customer orders and process payments.

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How To Become A Kitchen Staff

Food preparation workers typically learn their skills through on-the-job training. No formal education or previous work experience is required.

Education

There are no formal education requirements for becoming a food preparation worker.

Training

Most food preparation workers learn their skills through short-term on-the-job training, usually lasting several weeks. Trainees typically start by working under the supervision of an experienced worker, who teaches them basic kitchen duties. Training also may include basic sanitation and workplace safety regulations, as well as instructions on how to handle and prepare food.

Important Qualities

Dexterity. Food preparation workers chop vegetables, cut meat, and perform many other tasks with sharp knives. They must have the ability to work quickly and safely with sharp objects.

Listening skills. Food preparation workers must understand customers’ orders and follow directions from cooks, chefs, or food service managers.

Physical stamina. Food preparation workers stand on their feet for long periods while they prepare food, clean work areas, or lift heavy pots from the stove.

Physical strength. Food preparation workers should be strong enough to lift and carry heavy food supply boxes, which often can weigh up to 50 pounds.

Advancement

Advancement opportunities for food preparation workers depend on their training and work experience. Many food preparation workers advance to assistant or line cook positions as they learn basic cooking skills.

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Average Length of Employment
Kitchen Operator 2.7 years
Kitchen Clerk 2.3 years
Kitchen Lead 2.2 years
Catering Assistant 2.1 years
Kitchen Chef 2.0 years
Kitchen Cook 1.7 years
Prep Cook 1.6 years
Kitchen Worker 1.6 years
Kitchen Runner 1.6 years
Kitchen Helper 1.6 years
Kitchen Assistant 1.6 years
Kitchen Aide 1.5 years
Kitchen Hand 1.4 years
Kitchen Crew 1.3 years
Kitchen Staff 1.0 years
Top Employers Before
Cashier 20.5%
Server 5.8%
Cook 4.6%
Internship 4.0%
Volunteer 3.9%
Waitress 3.7%
Teller 3.4%
Manager 2.8%
Line Cook 2.5%
Assistant 2.5%
Top Employers After
Cashier 16.0%
Server 6.4%
Cook 5.9%
Internship 4.9%
Manager 3.7%
Teller 2.9%
Volunteer 2.9%
Line Cook 2.8%
Waitress 2.8%
Associate 2.6%

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Kitchen Staff Demographics

Gender

Male

52.9%

Female

45.5%

Unknown

1.6%
Ethnicity

White

65.6%

Hispanic or Latino

14.8%

Black or African American

10.3%

Asian

6.3%

Unknown

3.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

55.6%

French

10.3%

Japanese

7.4%

German

3.7%

Chinese

3.3%

Italian

2.9%

Russian

2.5%

Tagalog

2.5%

Portuguese

2.5%

Mandarin

2.1%

Korean

1.2%

Arabic

1.2%

Vietnamese

0.8%

Cantonese

0.8%

Greek

0.8%

Polish

0.8%

Swahili

0.4%

Swedish

0.4%

Cherokee

0.4%

Romanian

0.4%
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Kitchen Staff Education

Schools

Liberty University

7.4%

Michigan State University

6.4%

West Virginia University

6.4%

Appalachian State University

6.1%

Johnson & Wales University

5.8%

University of Phoenix

5.5%

University of Massachusetts Amherst

5.5%

Kent State University

4.8%

Southern New Hampshire University

4.8%

Pennsylvania State University

4.8%

Iowa State University

4.8%

Florida State University

4.5%

Kaplan University

4.5%

Mississippi State University

4.5%

Grand Rapids Community College

4.2%

University of Alabama

4.2%

Ferris State University

4.2%

University of Montana

3.9%

Ball State University

3.9%

University of Rhode Island

3.9%
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Majors

Business

18.2%

Psychology

7.8%

Criminal Justice

7.3%

Culinary Arts

6.7%

General Studies

6.4%

Nursing

5.2%

Accounting

4.8%

Communication

4.1%

Medical Assisting Services

4.1%

Biology

3.9%

English

3.7%

Computer Science

3.7%

Health Care Administration

3.6%

Graphic Design

3.2%

Liberal Arts

3.2%

Hospitality Management

3.1%

Education

3.0%

Marketing

2.9%

Kinesiology

2.8%

Sociology

2.4%
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Degrees

Other

39.8%

Bachelors

34.9%

Associate

14.8%

Certificate

4.6%

Masters

3.0%

Diploma

2.3%

License

0.5%

Doctorate

0.1%
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Real Kitchen Staff Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
General Kitchen Staff The Mayflower Cafe, Inc. Provincetown, MA Apr 15, 2016 $30,387
General Kitchen Staff The Mayflower Cafe, Inc. Provincetown, MA Apr 15, 2015 $27,987
General Kitchen Staff The Mayflower Cafe, Inc. MA Apr 15, 2014 $26,192
General Kitchen Staff The Mayflower Cafe, Inc. MA Apr 15, 2013 $21,914

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Top Skills for A Kitchen Staff

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  1. Kitchen Equipment
  2. Meal Prep
  3. Food Safety
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Performed routine cleaning and maintenance on kitchen equipment/utilities in addition to daily sanitation tasks.
  • Worked as a member of the kitchen staff which involved cooking, cleaning, dishes, serving, and meal prepping.
  • Maintained cleaning schedules ensuring food safety and acceptable store presentation.
  • Provided courteous and informative customer service in open kitchen format.
  • Job Description: --I was responsible for preparing pizza and Middle Eastern cuisine according to traditional recipes.

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