Cook

Summary

Cooks prepare and cook food.

Duties & Tasks

Cooks may perform the following tasks:

  • check food to ensure its quality
  • regulate temperatures of ovens, grills and other cooking equipment
  • prepare food for cooking
  • cook food by a range of methods (baking, braising, frying, roasting or steaming, for example)
  • divide food into portions and ensure the food is well presented
  • clean food preparation areas and equipment
  • store food in temperature-controlled facilities
  • receive and store supplies
  • ensure the kitchen is hygienic and functional
  • plan menus and estimate food requirements
  • prepare food to meet special dietary requirements
  • train and supervise other staff.

Working Conditions

Cooks may be required to work shifts, including weekends and public holidays, sometimes on a 24-hour rotating roster. The work may be stressful, especially at peak hours of the day.

Personal Requirements

  • enjoy cooking
  • a high level of personal hygiene
  • able to manage time and work under pressure
  • good communication skills
  • punctuality
  • able to stay calm in difficult situations
  • able to work well in a team.

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