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.

Restaurant Team Member

Type: Part Time
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Dietetic Intern

Type: Internship
JOIN THE PACK! NC State Dining offers meaningful opportunities for employment across our retail and hospitality units. We offer competitive pay, flexible schedules, and opportunity for learning, growth, and promotion. Dedicated and experienced professional staff are available to provide on-the-job...
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Dietetic Intern

Type: Internship
JOIN THE PACK!NC State Dining offers meaningful opportunities for employment across our retail and hospitality units. We offer competitive pay, flexible schedules, and opportunity for learning, growth, and promotion. Dedicated and experienced professional staff are available to provide on-the-job...
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Dietary Cook - PRN

Type: Part Time
Dietary CookShift: All shiftsHours: PRNThe Cook is responsible for providing assistance in all dietary functions as directed/instructed and in accordance with established dietary policies and procedures.Qualifications:Experience in SNF helpfulBasic computer skills requiredCooking experience is a...
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Line Cook

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
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Sun City, AZ

Culinary Supervisor

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
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Marketing & Community Relations Intern- Manhattan, KS.

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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Manhattan, KS

Intern

Type: Internship
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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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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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Intern

Type: Internship
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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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Delivery Operations Intern

Type: Internship
Delivery Operations InternThere'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...
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Philadelphia, PA

Line Cook - EAT FOR FREE!

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Line Cooks EAT FOR FREE!
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On-Call Cooks Assistant

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Bates is one of the nation's leading liberal arts colleges, with a long history of commitments to principles of human dignity and diversity.Founded by abolitionists in 1855, Bates has been coeducational and has welcomed students regardless of race and ethnicity since its founding. The college...
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Cook/Baker

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
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Line Cook

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Tarry Lodge New Haven, Connecticut is looking for Line Cooks all levels of experience (Pizza, Grill, Pasta, Prep, Salad).We are willing to train dedicated applicants.This position is excellent for a culinary school graduate, but also for someone who wants to take a forward step in their hospitality...
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New Haven, CT

Isleworth - Line Cook(Intern)

Type: Internship
Isleworth, recognized as Orlando's most exclusive golf community, is seeking Line Cooks for our internship Summer Program.Isleworth is committed to offering our members and guests the very best amenities, programs and service. In order to do so, we look for employees who have a deeply rooted:...
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