2017 Cooks
Median Pay: US$21,720
Entry Level: See How to Become One
Summary
Cooks prepare, season, and cook a wide range of foods, which may include soups, salads, entrees, and desserts.
Duties

Cooks typically do the following:

  • Ensure the freshness of food and ingredients
  • Weigh, measure, and mix ingredients according to recipes
  • Bake, grill, or fry meats, fish, vegetables, and other foods
  • Boil and steam meats, fish, vegetables, and other foods
  • Arrange, garnish, and sometimes serve food
  • Clean work areas, equipment, utensils, and dishes
  • Cook, handle, and store food or ingredients

Cooks usually work under the direction of chefs, head cooks, or food service managers. Large restaurants and food service establishments often have multiple menus and large kitchen staffs. Teams of restaurant cooks, sometimes called assistant cooks or line cooks, work at assigned stations equipped with the necessary types of stoves, grills, pans, and ingredients.

Job titles often reflect the principal ingredient cooks prepare or the type of cooking they do vegetable cook, fry cook, or grill cook, for example.

Cooks use a variety of kitchen equipment, including broilers, grills, slicers, grinders, and blenders.

The responsibilities of cooks vary depending on where they work, the size of the facility, and the level of service offered. However, in all establishments, they follow established sanitation procedures when handling food. For example, they store food and ingredients at the correct temperatures to prevent bacterial growth.

The following are examples of types of cooks:

Restaurant cooks prepare a wide selection of dishes and cook most orders individually. Some restaurant cooks may order supplies, set menu prices, and plan the daily menu.

Fast-food cooks prepare a limited selection of menu items in fast-food restaurants. They cook and package food, such as hamburgers and fried chicken, to be kept warm until served. For more information on workers who prepare and serve items in fast-food restaurants, see the profiles on food preparation workers and food and beverage serving and related workers.

Institution and cafeteria cooks work in the kitchens of schools, cafeterias, businesses, hospitals, and other institutions. For each meal, they prepare a large quantity of a limited number of entrees, vegetables, and desserts, according to preset menus. These cooks usually prepare meals in advance and seldom take special orders.

Short-order cooks prepare foods in restaurants and coffee shops that emphasize fast service and quick food preparation. They usually prepare sandwiches, fry eggs, and cook french fries, often working on several orders at the same time.

Private household cooks, sometimes called personal chefs, plan and prepare meals in private homes, according to the client's tastes and dietary needs. They order groceries and supplies, clean the kitchen, and wash dishes and utensils. They also may cater parties, holiday meals, luncheons, and other social events. Private household cooks typically work for one full-time client, although some are self-employed or employed by an agency, regularly making meals for multiple clients.

Sous Chef

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
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Culinary Intern, Destination Kohler

Type: Internship
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Kohler, WI

Snack Shop Cook - Parke View Rehabilitation & Care Center

Type: Part Time
Snack Shop CookShift: part-timeHours: 8:30am-2:00pmThe primary purpose of this position is to prepare food in the snack shop for Employees, residents and guests in accordance with current applicable federal, state, and local standards, guidelines and regulations, with out established policies and...
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Server, Hospitality, Part-time, Evenings

Type: Part Time
Part-time - 24 Hours per week2:00 PM - 8:00 PMESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:The Server reflects the mission, vision, and values of Northwestern Memorial, adheres to the organization's Code of Ethics and Corporate Compliance Program and complies with all relevant policies, procedures, guidelines and all...
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Culinary Intern

Type: Internship
Inspire Happiness and Complete Your Culinary Internship with The Cliffs!Our Culinary Team Members are responsible for setting the pace for a great shift, every shift. They provide dependable and fast service. If you take pride in great team work and want to make money while studying your craft,...
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Cook (Part Time) Rotating Shifts, Bucks Food and Nutrition

Type: Part Time
Under the direct supervision of the production manager or Executive Chef, this position is responsible for preparing superior quality food which meets standards for flavor, texture, appearance, temperature, nutritional value, and palatability for patients, patrons and catering guests. At all times...
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Cook - Legend Oaks of Garland

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
CookShift: 4 on 2 offHours: Full-timePrior cook experience is requiredPlease apply online or in person for immediate considerationWill you pledge to live CAPLICO?Legend Oaks Healthcare and Rehabilitation - Garland's commitment to excellence extends beyond delivering world class health care....
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Youth Programs Specialist

Type: Part Time
DutiesSummaryThe PALACE Acquire Program offers you a permanent position upon completion of your formal training plan. As a PALACE Acquire Intern you will experience both personal and professional growth while dealing effectively and ethically with change, complexity, and problem solving. The...
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Restaurant Hourly Team Member in Tucson, AZ on N. Thornydale

Type: Part Time
Golden Corral restaurants are currently accepting applications for the opportunity to join our team with our family buffet restaurant chain with nearly 500 company and franchise restaurants located in over 40 states. Come be part of our team while contributing to our vision "To be the leader...
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Group Business Operations Intern

Type: Internship
MTC offers a variety of benefits to assist employees in balancing their personal and professional lives, such as:Medical, Dental, Vision, and prescription drug benefitsPaid Vacation (3 weeks) and Sick Leave (2 weeks)401(k) Retirement Plan with company match10 paid HolidaysShort-term and Long-term...
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Morganfield, KY

Student Intern

Type: Internship
Reports to supervisor, food services or designee. Assists the cooks and cook helpers in preparation of student meals in compliance with government and management directives. Perform clean-up and sanitation duties in the food preparation, storage and dish room areas to ensure adequate health...
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Delivery Sales Intern

Type: Internship
There's hungry, and there's happy. EatStreet was born to be the world's smartest shortcut between the two. We don't make the hoagies, hot wings, or egg rolls, because cooking is best left to cooks. What EatStreet does is make ordering-out as second nature as humanly possible. We...
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Madison, WI

Cook - Part Time 1st & 2nd Shifts, Benefit Eligible - (48hrs/pp)

Type: Part Time
This position is responsible for preparing and cooking food for consumption by patients, residents, tenants, employees, and visitors. This position also prepares food for meals on wheels.Job FunctionsPrepares, seasons, and cooks food for patients, staff, visitors, and special functions.Coordinates...
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Student Intern, Food Services

Type: Internship
Begin your future now and join the nearly 9,000 Management & Training Corporation (MTC) team members making a difference in the lives of at-risk populations every day. At the St. Louis Job Corps Center you can enjoy competitive pay, excellent benefits, generous paid time off, and a chance to...
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Intern

Type: Internship
Intern - HospitalityWho We Are:Born from performance and inspired by icons, Legends has built a legacy of powerful results with the leaders of global sports, entertainment and business. Our passion for creating remarkable experiences at every occasion for our Guests has enabled us to redefine the...
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Elkhorn, WI

Intern

Type: Internship
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Burgettstown, PA

Intern - Culinary

Type: Internship
Job Descriptions:Culinary Intern: The Culinary Intern will work closely with the General Manager and cooks. Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to stocking, taking inventory, supervision of culinary projects, station set-up/breakdown, learning culinary basics (recipes, knife handling...
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Darien, IL

Intern

Type: Internship
Intern - HospitalityWho We Are:Born from performance and inspired by icons, Legends has built a legacy of powerful results with the leaders of global sports, entertainment and business. Our passion for creating remarkable experiences at every occasion for our Guests has enabled us to redefine the...
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Saratoga, CA

Intern

Type: Internship
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Camden, NJ

Intern

Type: Internship
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Holmdel, NJ