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Tanisha Frazier in Kansas City, Missouri

75 months ago

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Doogie in Glendale, Arizona

75 months ago

A prep cook prepares foods for the line cooks. Meat is sliced, cut or whatever. Same for the vegetables. Usually the prep cook gets foods ready for the next day. That makes it easier for the cooks to saute, bake, stew, etc. It's team work.

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Jessica in Dryden, New York

62 months ago

What type of education do you need to be a prep-cook?

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robert kenneth paintsil in Home, Ghana

59 months ago

very good and helpfull to some of us.thank you

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foodie in Long Beach, California

45 months ago

My friend who is an executive chef at a large facility says the 3 important things he looks for are:
* basic food knowledge (handling, safety, storage, sanitation, etc.)
* knife skills (chop, mince, cube, dice, slice, julienne, cut meats, trim fat, de-bone, etc.)
* a good attitude

Community colleges and ROP programs offer culinary arts courses. Whether an employer will require you to have any education or ServSafe certification is something to discuss directly. (ServSafe is certification after passing a state exam in food handling and safety).

Depending on the employer needs and circumstances, sometimes having a lot of food handling experience in your own kitchen or from volunteering at special events or in a nonprofit kitchen (like at a church or a mission), you may be able to use that experience as leverage.

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