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Become A Third Cook

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Working As A Third 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 Third Cook Do At NYU Medical Center

* Demonstrates knowledge of the organizations Service Standards and incorporates them into the performance of duties.
* Prepares breakfast items and vegetables as well as any other cooked-food items, as designated.
* Utilizes all types of kitchen equipment to prepare food.
* Follows established departmental sanitation standards.
* Attends meetings and in-services for food production employees.
* Maintains open communication and good relationships with others.
* Maintains open communication and good relationships with others.
* Uses good judgment and consults supervisor when necessary.
* Provides assistance and contributes new ideas to the department.
* Plans work assignments accordantly and utilizes time effectively

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How To Become A Third 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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Third Cook Demographics


  • Male

  • Female



  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Unknown

  • Asian

  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Japanese

  • Spanish


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Third Cook Education


    • Lake Superior College

    • Southwestern Oklahoma State University

    • Indiana University East

    • The Academy

    • Fortis Institute - Towson

    • Roxbury Community College

    • Johnson & Wales University

    • Le Condon Bleu College of Culinary Arts - Pittsburgh

    • Clemson University

    • Fisher College

    • Star Career Academy - New York

    • Illinois Central College

    • Dawson Community College

    • Fresno City College

    • Greenfield Community College

    • Porter and Chester Institute

    • Taylor University

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    • Other

    • Associate

    • Bachelors

    • Certificate

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Top Skills for A Third Cook


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Top Third Cook Skills

  1. Food Prep Guidelines
  2. Sound Delicacies
  3. Customer Service/Complaints
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Follow all food prep guidelines and recipes.
  • Contribute and prepare menu items on an off site, supervise student workers, maintain cleanliness and sanitation of kitchen.
  • Worked manager cocktail parties and gala buffet, which seated at least 350 covers.
  • Grill cook Prep food for over 1000 students Butchered salmon, chicken & pork loin Breakfast Cook
  • Place starch and sauce on plate.

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