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.

Lead Line Cook

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
SUMMARY: Responsible for ensuring the efficiency and quality of food purchasing, receiving, storage as directed. Responsible for the efficiency of food preparation (from pre-preparation to plate presentation), sanitation of the production areas, and direct supervision of production on a shift to...
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Healthcare Cook (Part-time!) - The Villas at Sunny Acres

Type: Part Time
Healthcare CookHours: Varied availability!Prepare meals in accordance with planned menus.Prepare food, etc., in accordance with sanitary regulations as well as with out established policies and procedures.Ensure that safety regulations and precautions are followed at all times by all...
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Cook - Parke View Rehabilitation and Care Center

Type: Part Time
CookShift: variesNew graduate? That's ok! If you are dedicated to caring for others, we would love to hear from you. Comprehensive on-the job training and mentorship provided.Additional Job Duties:Prepare meals in accordance with planned menus.Prepare and serve meals that are palatable and...
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Culinary Intern, Destination Kohler

Type: Internship
Do you see yourself working in the culinary field? Would you like to build relationships with your wait staff, cooks, and guests? Becoming a Culinary Intern might be perfect for you! Network with other culinary interns from around the country along with participating in Kohler Co. events and...
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Dietary Cook - PRN - Legend Oaks Healthcare & Rehab of Fort Worth

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 - Legend Oaks Healthcare & Rehab of Fort Worth

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Dietary CookHours: Full-timeThe 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 plus.Will you...
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Cook - North Mountain Medical and Rehabilitation Center

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
CookHours: Day shiftStatus: Full TimeWill you pledge to live CAPLICO?North Mountain Medical and Rehabilitation Center'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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Dietary Cook - Willow Bend Nursing & Rehab Center

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Dietary CookShift: VariesFull-time & PRN availablePrevious Experience PreferredDependable and great customer service skills requiredWill you pledge to live CAPLICO?Willow Bend Nursing and Rehabilitation Center's commitment to excellence extends beyond delivering world class health care....
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Cook - PRN - Legend Healthcare and Rehab of Euless

Type: Part Time
CookHours: PRNWill you pledge to live CAPLICO?Legend Healthcare & Rehabilitation of Euless' 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 dependent upon our highly...
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Culinary Intern

Type: Internship
Champion Hills Club in Hendersonville, North Carolina is excited to announce the exceptional career building opportunity of a Summer Culinary Internship. Qualified candidates will continue to learn and have a strong focus on improving their culinary skills within a Country Club environment....
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Hendersonville, NC

Software Engineering 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....
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Madison, WI

Dietary Cook - Holladay Healthcare Center

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Dietary CookHours: Full TimeWill you pledge to live CAPLICO?Holladay Healthcare Center'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 dependent upon our highly...
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Salt Lake City, UT

Cook - $500 Hiring Bonus - Hillcrest Health Care Services

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
CookFull Time$500 Hiring Bonus!Qualifications:High school diploma or equivalent preferred.One (1) year dietary experience in a hospital, skilled nursing care facility, or other related medical facility preferredFood Handlers permit if required per state regulations.ServSafe Food Safety...
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Cook - PT - Careage Campus of Care - Wayne

Type: Part Time
CookShift: EveningHours: Part TimeWill you pledge to live CAPLICO?Careage Campus of Care'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 dependent upon our highly...
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Student Intern

Type: Internship
The Earle C. Clements Job Corps Center is located on the former site of Camp Breckenridge, a World War II and Korean War army training facility in northwest Kentucky. Our center opened in 1965 as the Breckenridge Job Corps Center. The center name was changed in 1980 to honor Earle C. Clements, a...
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Restaurant Hourly Team Member

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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Bellflower, CA

Restaurant Hourly Team Member

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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Restaurant Hourly Team Member

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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Restaurant Hourly Team Member

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 in the...
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Fort Wright, KY

Restaurant Hourly Team Member

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 &ldquo To be the...
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