What does a Cook do?

A cook is a professional who prepares food for consumption. Often, a cook is referred to as a chef. However, these two titles are not interchangeable in the culinary world. Restaurants give a title to a cook depending on their designated stations. Typical names of cooks are sauce cooks, fry cooks, boiler cooks, and pastry cooks.

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Working as a Cook

Working as a cook involves:

  • Preparing foods by chopping, paring, slicing, pureeing, flouring, peeling, grinding, cutting, dicing and dredging
  • Performing kitchen duties such as washing utensils and cleaning the kitchen
  • Using recipes and following a client's menu plan to prepare a dish
  • Mixing ingredients according to the precisely written recipes, and setting up and replenishing salad bar
  • Inspecting the work station and making sure the required ingredients are easily accessible
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How much does a Cook make in the United States?

70.5k salaries reported, updated at May 5, 2021
$12.43
per hour

The average salary for a cook is $12.43 per hour in the United States.

Most common benefits

  • Flexible schedule
  • Commuter assistance
  • Wellness program
  • AD&D insurance
  • Employee assistance program
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Frequently asked questions

Common questions about being a Cook

What is the difference between a cook and a chef?

A cook is someone who may or may not have a degree, is delegated to more menial tasks such as chopping produce and usually follows a recipe given to them, rather than having the authority to create their own. On the other hand, a chef is someone who has obtained a two-or four-year degree in culinary arts, has worked extensively under another chef and has a supervisory position in the kitchen.

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In what instances would a cook demonstrate their multi-tasking capability?

The first instance is when food runs out of the service line. Secondly, a cook may need to multitask when they have to cook numerous creative dishes for many guests.

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How do you get a job as a cook with no experience?

To become a cook with no job experience, it is mandatory to:

  • Find the position and apply for the job
  • Learn and practice the skill
  • Cook safely
  • Secure your ideal job
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