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A prep cook or a food preparation worker prepares the culinary ingredients and the utensils needed by the chef or line cook to start cooking food. A prep cook mostly works early in the morning, preparing the raw foods to be cooked by the chef or the line cook for the day. A prep cook also cleans the kitchen to ensure hygiene standards are maintained.
The following are the responsibilities prep cooks handle before the line cook or chef starts cooking:
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, demand for prep cooks or food preparation workers is expected to grow by 8% between 2018 and 2028. That's because new ones will replace those who leave the job every year.