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How to become a Cook

Becoming a cook does not require any formal education. However, many employers prefer hiring cooks with the right blend of formal knowledge and experience. Below are some distinct requirements that top-notch restaurants insist on.

  1. Obtain a two-year or four-year culinary degree. Some employers, however, only require that a cook has proficiency in food safety, hospitality, advanced cooking, and sanitation. Covering these units takes barely two years.
  2. Acquire advanced training to have a good grasp of skills needed for fast-paced work environments. Once absorbed, the new hire can enroll for apprenticeship programs for technical training alongside the on-the-job experience. The minimum entry point for such programs is a high school diploma or its equivalence. A cook also needs to undergo extensive training under a chef to gain culinary education that is equivalent to a degree.

What skills help Cooks find jobs?

  • Cooking Experience
  • Culinary Experience
  • Restaurant Experience
  • Kitchen Experience
  • Food Preparation Experience
  • Food Service
  • Basic Math
  • Heavy Lifting
  • Serving Experience
  • Food Handling
  • Hospitality Experience
  • Food Safety Experience

Career progression for Cook

Education levels for Cooks

0%0%0%1%2%96%Middle School EducationMaster's DegreeDoctoral DegreeBachelor's DegreeAssociate's DegreeHigh School Diploma or GED

Based on the requirements of Cook job openings on Indeed in the United States within the last three years.

Expected salary by experience

0-44-88-1212-1616-2020-24Years of experience20k21k22k23k24kAnnual salary in USD

Based on resume data from Indeed users who reported working as a Cook in the United States within the last three years.

Common qualifications for Cooks

  • Food Handler Certification
  • ServSafe
  • Food Safety Certification
  • Driver's License
  • Bartender License
  • First Aid Certification
  • CPR Certification
  • TABC Certified
  • TIPS
  • Loss Prevention Qualified
  • OLCC Service Permit
  • F Endorsement
Frequently asked questions
Common questions about career advices for a Cook

Do you need any specific certifications to become a cook?

It may not be a requirement but it is best to obtain a ServSafe Food Handling license if you wish to work in a restaurant.

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What soft skills do cooks need to possess?

There is a set of skills that make a high profile cook. They are the ability to manage kitchen roles, ability to create and implement menus, dexterity skills, organizational skills, attention to detail, culinary expertise, high creativity, fast-paced decision-making skills, basic knife skills and multitasking capability.

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