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.

Dietary Aide/Cook

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Dietary Aide/CookShift: Full-timeHours: FlexibleAssist in preparing meals, dishes, and kitchen dutiesAs an Ensign affiliated skilled nursing facility, Monte Vista Hills' commitment to excellence extends beyond delivering world class health care. Our success as a facility is dependent upon our...
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Restaurant Team Member

Type: Part Time
Our franchise organization, Golden NW, LLC dba Golden Corral, is currently seeking energetic, friendly individuals to join our team!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...
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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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Cook - Part-time

Type: Part Time
CookHours: Part TimeThe primary purpose of your job position is to prepare food in accordance with current applicable federal, state, and local standards, guidelines and regulations, with our established policies and procedures, and as may be directed by the Executive Director, to assure that...
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Marketing & Community Relations 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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Oshkosh, WI

Dietary Cook

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Dietary CookFull-time & Part-time availableThis is a hourly position which provides cooking of meals to residents.Cooking experience preferredPlease apply in person or online for immediate consideration.Will you pledge to live CAPLICO?Richland Hills Rehabilitation and Healthcare's...
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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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Dietary Cook

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Dietary CookHours: Full & Part Time Available!Will you pledge to live CAPLICO?Provo Rehabilitation and Nursing's commitment to excellence extends beyond delivering world class health care. Our company mission is to dignify and transform post-acute care. Our facility's success is...
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Line Cook

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Royal Oaks is Looking for Talented Line Cooks! Is That You?
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Sun City, AZ

Food Service Supervisor - Full Time, Days

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Baptist Health strives to cultivate a close-knit, positive and professional environment that encourages our employees to want to come to work every day.When you choose Baptist, you have an opportunity to play a role in providing compassionate, quality care that makes a difference in the lives of...
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Culinary Supervisor

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
It's a new era at Vivint Smart Home Arena! With a $125 million renovation we have created the perfect enhancements to make guests experience the best of entertainment on all SIX levels of the home of the NBA Utah Jazz!As the proud Food & Beverage provider, Levy thrives on guest...
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Restaurant Team Member

Type: Part Time
Our franchise organization, Golden NW, LLC dba Golden Corral, is currently seeking energetic, friendly individuals to join our team!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...
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Restaurant Team Member

Type: Part Time
Our franchise organization, Golden NW, LLC dba Golden Corral, is currently seeking energetic, friendly individuals to join our team!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...
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Marketing & Community Relations 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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Marketing & Community Relations 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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Culinary Supervisor

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
We LOVE what we do!Come be part of the team with Levy Restaurants at Moda Center. Home to our very own Trailblazers - we also host such top-notch events as the Winterhawks, Billy Joel, and Disney on Ice! Each event brings a new level of excitement and you can help bring it to life!Apply Today!NOW...
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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

Marketing & Community Relations 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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Dubuque, IA

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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