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.

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...
Apply Share

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...
Apply Share

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...
Apply Share
Elkhorn, WI

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...
Apply Share
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...
Apply Share
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...
Apply Share
Coney Island, NY

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...
Apply Share
Saratoga, CA

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...
Apply Share
Camden, NJ

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...
Apply Share
Holmdel, NJ

Cook I - Full Time, Benefit Elilgible 1st & 2nd Shift - Waconia

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
This position is responsible for preparing and cooking large quantities of food for consumption by patients, employees and visitors.Job FunctionsPrepares, seasons, and cooks food for patients, staff, visitors, and special functions.Coordinates timing of preparation in order to meet service...
Apply Share

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...
Apply Share
Philadelphia, PA

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...
Apply Share
Hartford, CT

Hospitality - Intern

Type: Internship
Who 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 role of a sports...
Apply Share
Bristow, VA

Dietetic Intern

Type: Internship
JOIN THE PACK! The Division of Campus Enterprises offers opportunities for employment across our retail and hospitality units. We offer competitive pay, flexible schedules, and opportunity for learning, growth, and promotion.This is a position for only 12 weeks. Each person will remain in the...
Apply Share

Dietary Assistant - UHC Dietary - Full Time

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
DIETARY ASSISTANT - UHC DIETARY - FULL TIME (JOB ID: 849)SUMMARY:Responsible for preparing and serving meals and snacks in sufficient quantities and at the scheduled times for patients and employees. Responsible for keeping all work areas and equipment clean, sanitary, safe and in good working...
Apply Share

Co-op/Intern

Type: Internship
Who 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 role of a sports...
Apply Share

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...
Apply Share

Executive Chef 3

Type: Full Time, Full Time Alumnus
Are you an Executive Chef with high volume contract management experience?Sodexo's University Team is expanding. Sodexo is seeking a highly motivated and customer oriented Executive Chef 2 to support University of Nebraska Kearney -a new University potential sale account in Kearney, NE. UNK is...
Apply Share
Kearney, NE

Salesforce 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...
Apply Share
Madison, WI

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...
Apply Share