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Become A Station Cook

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Working As A Station Cook

  • Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings
  • Performing General Physical Activities
  • Outdoors/walking/standing

  • $23,100

    Average Salary

What Does A Station Cook Do At Aramark

* Sets up and breaks down work stations
* Maintains a clean and sanitary work station
* Cooks and prepares food according to production guidelines and recipes
* Knowledge of food product, identification, and acceptable level of food quality
* Ensures food is stored at the appropriate temperature for the appropriate length of time and follows all food safety standards
* Completes daily temperature logs
* Must know methods of food preparation, cooking times, and portion sizes to ensure food is prepared in prescribed manner
* Evaluates food quality and preparedness by tasting
* Cuts, trims, bones, and carves meats and poultry for cooking
* Responsible for using correct portions when cutting, preparing, and serving items
* Cleans and sanitizes work areas, equipment, and utensils
* Additional Job Functions:
* Assists in other areas as needed
* Adheres to weekly/monthly cleaning schedules as posted by management
* Completion of any task requested by a supervisor or member of the Aramark management team

What Does A Station Cook Do At Sodexo Inc.

* Prepares, seasons and cooks meats and vegetables using skill in frying, grilling and sauteing.
* Prepares, seasons and cooks starches, vegetables and other side hot food items.
* Performs food preparation work for cooking, including seasoning.
* Measures and mixes ingredients according to recipe.
* Deep fries, grills and sautes meats, fish, vegetables and other foods.
* Observes and tests foods being cooked by tasting, smelling and piercing.
* Portions food on serving plates.
* May add gravies, sauces and garnishes to servings.
* May select recipes per menu cycle, prepare bakery items, receive inventory, move and lift foodstuffs and supplies and prepare meals for customers requiring special diets.
* May clean and sanitize work stations and equipment and must follow all Sodexho, client and regulatory rules and procedures.
* Responsible for following food safety and physical safety policies at all times, while utilizing personal protective equipment (PPE) when required by management.
* Complies with all Sodexo HACCP policies and procedures.
* Reports all accidents and injuries in a timely manner.
* Complies with all company safety and risk management policies and procedures.
* Participates in regular safety meetings, safety training and hazard assessments.
* Attends training programs (classroom and virtual) as designated.
* May perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned

What Does A Station Cook Do At Fairmont

* Reporting to the Executive Chef, responsibilities and essential job functions include but are not limited to the following:
* Consistently offer professional, friendly and proactive guest service while supporting fellow Colleagues.
* Assist in the preparation and service of all food items for a la carte and/or buffet menus according to hotel recipes and standards
* Actively share ideas, opinions and suggestions in daily shift briefings
* Maintain proper rotation of product in all chillers to minimize waste/spoilage
* Ensure storeroom requisitions are accurate
* Ensure the cleanliness and maintenance of all work areas, utensils, and equipment
* Have full knowledge of all menu items, daily features and promotions
* Follow kitchen policies, procedures and service standards
* Follow all safety and sanitation policies when handling food and beverage
* Other duties as assigned
* Employee Status
* Qualifications of a successful Station Cook candidate****:
* years or previous experience in the culinary field is an asset.
* In possession of a Food Handlers Certificate
* Strong interpersonal and problem solving abilities
* Highly responsible & reliable
* Ability to work well under pressure in a fast paced environment
* Ability to work cohesively as part of a team
* Ability to focus attention on guest needs, remaining calm and courteous at all times
* Physical Aspects of Position (include but are not limited to)****:
* Constant standing and walking throughout shift
* Frequent lifting and carrying up to 30 lbs
* Occasional kneeling, pushing, pulling
* Occasional ascending or descending ladders, stairs and ramps
* Exposure to hot surfaces

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How To Become A Station 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.

Education

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.

Training

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.

Advancement

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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Station Cook Demographics

Gender

  • Male

    63.4%
  • Female

    33.1%
  • Unknown

    3.5%

Ethnicity

  • White

    80.8%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    10.9%
  • Asian

    5.8%
  • Unknown

    2.2%
  • Black or African American

    0.4%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    50.0%
  • Italian

    50.0%

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Top Skills for A Station Cook

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Top Station Cook Skills

  1. Kitchen Surfaces
  2. Menu Items
  3. Hot Prep
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Perform closing duties including deep cleaning kitchen surfaces, storage, and equipment.
  • Followed all safety and sanitation guidelines.
  • Assisted Banquet Chef in performing banquet operations.
  • Worked lunch and dinner service on the saute station
  • Managed 45 different pasta preparations.

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