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Working As A Preparator

  • 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

  • $80,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Preparator 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 Preparator

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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Top Skills for A Preparator

  1. Department Budget
  2. Exhibition Design
  3. Art Galleries
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Implemented new Microsoft Excel expense tracking and reconciliation for department budget.
  • Visualize and execute exhibition design.
  • Design and installation of museum exhibits.
  • Manage, budget, and supervise frame refurbishment project for over 600 painting in the permanent collection.
  • Packed and unpacked art objects, with caution and diligence, while always keeping art safety guidelines in mind.

Preparator Demographics

Gender

Male

61.6%

Female

21.2%

Unknown

17.1%
Ethnicity

White

56.1%

Hispanic or Latino

24.5%

Black or African American

8.7%

Asian

7.5%

Unknown

3.2%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

30.0%

Chinese

13.3%

French

13.3%

German

10.0%

Mandarin

10.0%

Japanese

3.3%

Hmong

3.3%

Tagalog

3.3%

Polish

3.3%

Arabic

3.3%

Korean

3.3%

Italian

3.3%
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Preparator Education

Schools

School of the Art Institute of Chicago

9.9%

Universidad De Puerto Rico - Rio Piedras Campus

9.9%

Arizona State University

7.0%

Texas State University

7.0%

San Jose State University

5.6%

Columbia College Chicago

5.6%

San Francisco Art Institute

5.6%

Syracuse University

4.2%

Illinois State University

4.2%

Cranbrook Academy of Art

4.2%

Virginia Commonwealth University

4.2%

Art Academy of Cincinnati

4.2%

Ohio State University

4.2%

Humboldt State University

4.2%

Art Center College of Design

4.2%

Cornish College of the Arts

4.2%

Northwest Missouri State University

2.8%

Hampshire College

2.8%

Savannah College of Art and Design

2.8%

University of South Florida

2.8%
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Majors

Fine Arts

56.5%

Photography

7.8%

Graphic Design

4.3%

History

3.5%

Geology

3.5%

Museum Studies

3.0%

Biology

2.6%

Anthropology

2.2%

Business

1.7%

Environmental Science

1.7%

Ecology, Population Biology, And Epidemiology

1.7%

Chemistry

1.7%

Visual And Performing Arts

1.7%

Historic Preservation And Conservation

1.3%

General Education, Specific Areas

1.3%

Elementary Education

1.3%

General Studies

1.3%

Psychology

0.9%

Drafting And Design

0.9%

Design And Visual Communication

0.9%
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Degrees

Bachelors

50.2%

Masters

30.2%

Other

11.0%

Associate

5.0%

Certificate

2.5%

License

0.4%

Diploma

0.4%

Doctorate

0.4%
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