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Working As A Mexican Food Cook

  • Getting Information
  • Controlling Machines and Processes
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Handling and Moving Objects
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Repetitive

  • $27,237

    Average Salary

What Does A Mexican Food Cook Do

Food and tobacco processing workers operate equipment that mixes, cooks, or processes ingredients used in the manufacturing of food and tobacco products.

Duties

Food and tobacco processing workers typically do the following:

  • Set up, start, or load food or tobacco processing equipment
  • Check, weigh, and mix ingredients according to recipes
  • Set and control temperatures, flow rates, and pressures of machinery
  • Monitor and adjust ingredient mixes during production processes
  • Observe and regulate equipment gauges and controls
  • Report equipment malfunctions to team leaders or maintenance staff
  • Clean workspaces and equipment in accordance with health and safety standards
  • Check final products to ensure quality

Food and tobacco processing workers often have different duties depending on the type of machinery they use or goods they process.

Food and tobacco roasting, baking, and drying machine operators and tenders operate machines that produce roasted, baked, or dried food or tobacco products. For example, dryers of fruits and vegetables operate machines that produce raisins, prunes, or other dehydrated foods. Tobacco roasters tend machines that cure tobacco for wholesale distribution to cigarette manufacturers and other makers of tobacco products. Others, such as coffee roasters, follow recipes and tend machines to produce standard or specialty coffees.

Food batchmakers typically work in facilities that produce baked goods, pasta, and tortillas. Workers mix ingredients to make dough, load and unload ovens, operate pasta extruders, and perform tasks specific to large-scale commercial baking. Some workers are identified by the type of food they produce. For example, those who prepare cheese are known as cheese makers and those who make candy are known as candy makers.

Food cooking machine operators and tenders operate or tend cooking equipment to prepare food products. For example, workers who preserve and can fruits and vegetables usually operate equipment to cook and preserve their products.

Potato and corn chip manufacturing workers operate baking and frying equipment. Sugar and confectionary manufacturers use equipment that blends, heats, coats, and packages candies, chocolates, or other sweets.

Other workers operate machines that mix spices, mill grains, or extract oil from seeds.

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How To Become A Mexican Food Cook

There are no formal education requirements for some food and tobacco processing workers. However, food batchmakers and food cooking machine operators typically need a high school diploma or equivalent. Food and tobacco processing workers learn their skills through on-the-job training.

Education

Food batchmakers and food cooking machine operators typically need a high school diploma or equivalent.

Because workers often adjust the quantity of ingredients that go into a mix, basic math and reading skills are considered helpful.

Training

Food and tobacco processing workers learn on the job. Training may last from a few weeks to a few months. During training, workers learn health and safety rules related to the type of food or tobacco that they process. Training also involves learning how to operate specific equipment, following safety procedures, and reporting equipment malfunctions.

Experienced workers typically show trainees how to properly use and care for equipment.

Important Qualities

Coordination. Food and tobacco processing workers must be quick and have good hand-eye coordination to keep up with the assembly line.

Detail oriented. Workers must be able to detect small changes in they quality or quantity of food products. They must also closely follow health and safety standards to avoid food contamination and injury.

Physical stamina. Workers stand on their feet for long periods as they tend machines and monitor the production process.

Physical strength. Food and tobacco processing workers should be strong enough to lift or move heavy boxes of ingredients, which often can weigh up to 50 pounds.

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Average Length of Employment
Head Cook 3.0 years
Cook/Trainer 2.8 years
Short Order Cook 2.1 years
Mexican Food Cook 2.0 years
Assistant Cook 2.0 years
Cook/Server 2.0 years
Cook 1.9 years
Kitchen Cook 1.8 years
Food Prep 1.8 years
Prep Cook 1.6 years
Cook/Dishwasher 1.6 years
Grill Cook 1.6 years
Back Line Cook 1.6 years
Food Preparer 1.6 years
Fast Food Cook 1.5 years
Retort Pre-Cooker 1.4 years
Pizza Cook 1.4 years
Cook/Team Member 1.4 years
Pizza Maker 1.3 years
Fry Cook 1.1 years
Top Employers Before
Cashier 16.1%
Cook 15.1%
Prep Cook 6.4%
Line Cook 5.5%
Manager 4.5%
Server 4.2%
Waitress 3.2%
Volunteer 3.2%
Hostess 2.9%
Food Prep 2.6%
Internship 2.3%
Top Employers After
Cook 15.6%
Cashier 14.0%
Line Cook 7.0%
Server 4.8%
Prep Cook 3.8%
Food Prep 3.5%
Driver 2.5%
Supervisor 2.5%
Chef 2.5%
Associate 2.2%

Mexican Food Cook Demographics

Gender

Male

54.8%

Female

44.2%

Unknown

1.0%
Ethnicity

White

76.4%

Hispanic or Latino

14.2%

Asian

7.0%

Unknown

1.9%

Black or African American

0.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

37.5%

Portuguese

12.5%

Khmer

12.5%

Samoan

12.5%

French

12.5%

Russian

12.5%
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Mexican Food Cook Education

Schools

Johnson & Wales University

14.6%

Sinclair Community College

8.3%

Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts

6.3%

Eastern Michigan University

4.2%

Ashford University

4.2%

Des Moines Area Community College

4.2%

College of the Desert

4.2%

Greenville Technical College

4.2%

Lansing Community College

4.2%

Harrisburg Area Community College - Harrisburg

4.2%

South Central College

4.2%

East Tennessee State University

4.2%

Indiana State University

4.2%

Tennessee College of Applied Technology - Paris

4.2%

University of Phoenix

4.2%

Shaw University

4.2%

Victor Valley College

4.2%

Kansas State University

4.2%

Valencia College

4.2%

Baker College

4.2%
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Majors

Business

19.4%

Culinary Arts

17.6%

Criminal Justice

12.1%

Psychology

5.5%

Hospitality Management

5.5%

General Studies

4.8%

Medical Assisting Services

3.6%

Computer Science

3.0%

Nursing

3.0%

Liberal Arts

3.0%

Communication

3.0%

Health Care Administration

3.0%

Fine Arts

2.4%

Computer Information Systems

2.4%

Accounting

2.4%

Precision Metal Working

1.8%

Automotive Technology

1.8%

Early Childhood Education

1.8%

Management

1.8%

English

1.8%
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Degrees

Other

47.3%

Associate

23.5%

Bachelors

16.7%

Certificate

6.8%

Diploma

2.7%

Masters

1.9%

Doctorate

0.8%

License

0.4%
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Real Mexican Food Cook Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Chinese Food Cook Yan's China Bistro Walnut Creek, CA Oct 20, 2015 $49,130
Chinese Food Cook Yan's China Bistro Walnut Creek, CA Oct 29, 2015 $49,130
Cook, Japanese Food Jin's Dining U.S.A. Culver City, CA May 07, 2015 $47,528
Chinese Food Cook (Private Household, Liveout) Yeonok Lynn Kim Torrance, CA Aug 07, 2015 $46,342
Mexican Food Cook Marimba Cocina Mexicana I, Inc. Rockledge, FL Jun 19, 2015 $44,411
Mexican Food Cook Marimba Cocina Mexicana I, Inc. Rockledge, FL Feb 13, 2015 $44,411
Chinese Food Cook (Private Household, Liveout) Zhiqiang Yu Miami, FL Jul 02, 2015 $36,754
Chinese Food Cook (Private Household, Liveout) Thomas Lin (Private Household) West New York, NJ Jun 29, 2015 $36,650
Cook, Indian Food (Live Prodyot Sen Sharma Alpine, NJ Jul 20, 2015 $34,500
Cook, Mexican Cuisine Rodriguez & Sanchez Grocery & Deli, Inc. NY Feb 11, 2016 $34,352
Chinese Food Cook (Private Household, Liveout) Chun Lin Wei NY Aug 03, 2015 $34,050
Chinese Food Cook (Private Household, Liveout) JIAN Ping Hu (Private Household) NY Sep 23, 2015 $34,050
Chinese Food Cook (Private Household, Liveout) JIE Xiong NY Jul 28, 2015 $34,050
Chinese Food Cook Lee's Express, Inc. Saint Paul, MN Aug 31, 2016 $28,175
Chinese Food Cook Chu's Enterprises, LLC Portland, OR Sep 23, 2016 $28,112
Chinese Food Cook Yan's Chinese Restaurant, Inc. McMinnville, OR Jul 20, 2016 $27,997
Cook, Japanese Food Okidoki International, Inc. Tustin, CA Sep 30, 2015 $27,435
Cook, Japanese Food Full Moon Sushi Fountain Valley, CA Sep 17, 2015 $27,435
Cook, Japanese Food Hau'OLI Incorporated Tustin, CA Oct 27, 2015 $27,435
Chinese Food Cook Li's Chiam, Inc. Portland, OR Jul 16, 2015 $27,144
Chinese Food Cook Yen's Chinese Restaurant, Inc. Tigard, OR Sep 28, 2015 $27,144
Cook-Chinese Style Food Hoong's Palace, Inc. DBA Hoong's Palace Englewood, CO Oct 14, 2015 $26,220
Cook-Chinese Style Food Cici's Cuisine, Inc. DBA Little Holly's Asian Cafe Highlands Ranch, CO Feb 11, 2015 $26,220
Cook, Chinese Style Food Sun Li Foods Incorporated DBA Shanghai Garden Centennial, CO Oct 29, 2015 $26,220
Cook-Chinese Style Food China Taipei Inc. Centennial, CO Feb 11, 2015 $26,220
Cook-Chinese Style Food Ken Chen, Inc. DBA Wokano Asian Bistro Denver, CO Feb 11, 2015 $26,220
Cook-Chinese Style Food Dong Ping, Inc. D/B/A/Hexing Garden Chinese Cafe Lakewood, CO Feb 12, 2015 $26,220
Cook-Chinese Style Food 99 Incorporated DBA Sun Wah Chinese Restaurant Denver, CO Nov 18, 2015 $26,220
Cook-Chinese Style Food Ruan Family Inc. DBA Bistro King Englewood, CO Apr 16, 2015 $26,220

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Top Skills for A Mexican Food Cook

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Top Mexican Food Cook Skills

  1. Kitchen Personnel
  2. Food Preparation Areas
  3. Specific Food Items
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Notified kitchen personnel of shortages and special orders.
  • Supervised and clean food preparation areas, such as equipment and wo nd experience.
  • Measure ingredients required for specific food items being prepared.
  • Cook, Food retail Clinton, CT Provided courteous and informative customer service in an open kitchen format.
  • Operate large-volume cooking equipment such as grills, deep-fat fryers, or griddles.

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