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