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Working As A Prep Person

  • 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

  • $17,222

    Average Salary

What Does A Prep Person 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 Prep Person

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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Prep Person Demographics

Gender

Female

62.4%

Male

36.2%

Unknown

1.4%
Ethnicity

White

64.1%

Black or African American

13.5%

Hispanic or Latino

12.2%

Asian

7.3%

Unknown

2.9%
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Languages Spoken

French

33.3%

Tahitian

16.7%

Gujarati

16.7%

Hindi

16.7%

Spanish

16.7%
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Prep Person Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

11.6%

Delgado Community College

9.3%

Danville Community College

4.7%

Hinds Community College

4.7%

Somerset Community College

4.7%

Technology Center

4.7%

Claflin University

4.7%

University of North Carolina at Greensboro

4.7%

Keiser University

4.7%

Shelton State Community College

4.7%

Community College of Philadelphia

4.7%

Art Institute of Pittsburgh

4.7%

New York Automotive and Diesel Institute

4.7%

Spartanburg Technical College

4.7%

Black River Technical College

4.7%

Eastern Gateway Community College

4.7%

North Georgia Technical College

4.7%

Middle Tennessee State University

4.7%

Louisiana State University and A&M College

2.3%

Eastern Michigan University

2.3%
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Majors

Business

20.9%

Nursing

8.2%

Medical Assisting Services

7.5%

Health Care Administration

6.7%

Culinary Arts

6.0%

General Studies

6.0%

Accounting

6.0%

Criminal Justice

5.2%

Psychology

4.5%

Automotive Technology

4.5%

Computer Science

3.7%

Precision Metal Working

3.0%

Fine Arts

3.0%

Education

3.0%

Liberal Arts

2.2%

Marketing

2.2%

Computer Engineering

2.2%

Hospitality Management

2.2%

Nursing Assistants

1.5%

Political Science

1.5%
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Degrees

Other

42.6%

Associate

23.6%

Bachelors

16.9%

Certificate

6.7%

Diploma

5.6%

Masters

4.1%

License

0.5%
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Top Skills for A Prep Person

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  1. Kitchen Equipment
  2. Customer Service
  3. Wash
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Cook steaks, chicken and other menu items utilizing a grill, oven and other kitchen equipment.
  • Provided customer service and personal assistance.
  • Performed daily tasks such as washed dishes, took out the trash and swept/mopped the lobby.
  • Prepped salads;- Defrosted fries and patties;- Prepared parfaits;- Other general cooking duties.
  • Maintain food safety standards while preparing food.

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