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Working As A Short Order Cook

  • Getting Information
  • Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others
  • Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People
  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings
  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • Repetitive

  • Stressful

  • $21,961

    Average Salary

What Does A Short Order Cook Do At Montana Tech

* Position performs skilled tasks in short order cook, to provide a variety of food outlet options to students, faculty, and general public.
* Maintains quality and quantity control related to all elements associated with the grill.
* Duties include cleaning and sanitizing work and storage areas and equipment as needed.
* Shreds, slices, cleans, chops and portions meats, vegetables, cheeses and fruits using the proper equipment.
* Maintains consistent quantity and quality control through standard cooking procedures.
* Performs other related duties as assigned

What Does A Short Order Cook Do At Skidmore College

* include the following.
* Other duties may be assigned within classification.
* Assist with setup, serving, and cleaning of any station as assigned
* Take, prepare, and serve orders for patrons
* Responsible for stir-frying, sautéing, baking pizza, breads, convenience baked goods, cookies, carving, slicing deli items; grilling and frying raw proteins as required for assigned station (e.g. hamburgers, chicken breast/fingers, pork chops etc.)
* Heat items for daily specials.
* Items will be either prepared by a cook and ready to heat or will be convenience-type items such as, but not limited to, soups, chili, casserole-style dishes, etc.
* Use oven, steamer, char broiler, griddle, pasta maker, pasta cooker, or fryer as appropriate
* Merchandise and ensure correct signage for assigned station
* Greet guests, check ID’s and sell guest tickets as assigned; complete sales on POS system as appropriate
* Stock display cases and reach-in refrigerators
* Stock items for sale or service
* Clean and fill beverage machines, beverage stations and insure that appropriate cups, glasses and utensils are available at all times of service
* Responsible for dining room cleanliness and appearance, to include, but not limited to, tables; chairs in an orderly fashion; pick up napkins, papers, and any other large items off floor
* Sort silverware and fill dispensers, maintaining supply of clean dishes at service points, fill salt and pepper shakers, fill napkin dispensers
* If assigned to the dish room, duties may include scraping of dishes and utensils, operating conveyor, and the proper storage of all items
* Clean refrigerators, freezers, and all equipment used
* Cover, date, and label all food items to be stored
* Assist in food production in any area of Dining Services as assigned within classification
* Assist in special events/catering events as assigned
* Set up infirmary orders and assist in delivery
* Responsible for cleanliness and organization of items stored in buffets/closets and in central receiving
* Take care of washing and drying all laundry and store in proper places when assigned
* Sell alcoholic beverages in compliance with NYS Liquor Authority and Skidmore College regulations
* Frequently check and record temperatures of food throughout the day in accordance with Dining Services policies and New York State Board of Health Policies
* Clean carts, bleach dishes, trays, glasses, burnish silver, polish silver, and other special event items
* Test new recipes when requested
* Ensure all food is prepared, served and stored in accordance with NYS Health Codes
* Confer with supervisor as to extra duties in food preparation and cleaning in assigned area
* Scrub chairs, tables, and all equipment weekly
* Maintain a demonstrated interest in learning new ideas
* Ability to speak and listen effectively and respectfully with supervisors, customers, and employees of the College
* Maintain an appropriate image and dress
* Establish and maintain a high level of customer service
* Minimum Qualifications
* To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.
* The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
* Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions

What Does A Short Order Cook Do At Penn National Gaming

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How To Become A Short Order 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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Real Short Order Cook Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Cooks, Short Order Second Chance Enterprises LLC Peabody, MA Nov 19, 2013 $34,174
Cook, Short Order Trattoria Rustic Pittsfield, MA Aug 06, 2015 $29,806
Short Order Cooks/Housekeepers Woods Hole Inn, LLC MA May 06, 2015 $28,362
Short Order Cooks Wequassett Inn, LLP MA Apr 01, 2015 $28,362
Short Order Cooks at The Beginning of Beach Road Corp. Orleans, MA May 01, 2015 $28,362
Short Order Cook-Counter Help Canal Fish and Lobster, Inc. MA Apr 20, 2015 $28,362
Short Order Cook Dino's Harwich Port Grille, Inc. Harwich Port, MA May 01, 2015 $28,362
Cooks, Short Order ADGI Inc. MA May 01, 2014 $28,279
Short Order Cook SAKI, LLC Provincetown, MA Jul 10, 2015 $28,279
Short Order Cooks at The Beginning of Beach Road Corp. MA May 17, 2014 $28,258
Short Order Cooks Wequassett Inn, LLP MA Apr 01, 2014 $28,258
Cook, Short Order Edgartown Seafood, Inc. Edgartown, MA May 01, 2015 $28,175
Cooks, Short Order Casa Ranchero Ladera Ranch, CA Mar 21, 2013 $28,018
Short Order Cook Steamboat Wharf of Provincetown, Inc. MA May 01, 2015 $27,987
Short Order Cook Stratton Corporation VT Nov 18, 2013 $26,129
Cooks, Short Order Maidstone Club East Hampton, NY Apr 01, 2015 $25,670
Cooks, Short Order Maidstone Club NY Apr 01, 2014 $25,190
Cooks, Short Order Maidstone Club NY Apr 01, 2013 $25,044
Cooks, Short Order Gurney's Inn Resort & Spa Ltd Montauk, NY Apr 01, 2015 $25,044
Short Order Cooks/Housekeepers Woods Hole Inn, LLC MA May 14, 2014 $24,877
Cook's Short Order Debarge's Crawfish LA Nov 01, 2014 $24,856
Cook Short Order Jenkinson's Pavillion NJ Apr 01, 2014 $24,752
Short Order Cook The Airline Restaurant Corp. D/B/A Jackson Hole Jackson, NY Oct 02, 2016 $23,026
Short Order Cook/Food Prep Wychmere Harbor Functions LP MA May 15, 2013 $22,957
Kitchen Worker Short Order Cook RHLP MTK LLC Montauk, NY May 15, 2015 $22,957
Cook's Short Order Debarge's Seafood LA Feb 01, 2014 $22,811
Cook's Short Order Debarge's Crawfish LA Feb 10, 2014 $22,811
Short Order Cook Mike's Clam Shack, Inc. Wells, ME Apr 01, 2015 $22,686
Short Order Cook Wolterbeek Enterprises, Inc. Wells, ME May 20, 2015 $22,686
Short Order Cook Native Grounds Inc. Ogunquit, ME Apr 15, 2015 $22,686

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Top Skills for A Short Order Cook


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Top Short Order Cook Skills

  1. Kitchen Supplies
  2. Prep Food
  3. Customer Service Skills
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Restocked kitchen supplies, rotated food, and stamped the time and date on food in coolers.
  • Prepare food for patients, prep food for next day, maintain kitchen.
  • Demonstrate effective customer service skills, reading and writing.
  • Maintain sanitation according to state health regulations and safety standards in the work area.
  • Clean food preparation equipment, work areas, and counters or tables.

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