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A prep cook is a manual job and anyone interested in the position can get a job in the field at a restaurant or hotel where they can receive on the job training in the kitchen. Alternatively, one can be trained at a community college, vocational college, or a cooking school and get a prep cook certification. That equips one with skills on food preparation and handling.
The positions similar to a prep cook are:
Short Order Cook: This cook works in fast food restaurants, cafes and diners and make foods that don't need much culinary skills to prepare, like sandwiches. fries, burgers, eggs and others. Short order cooks are flexible and work in various food and serving stations in their place of work.
Line Cooks: Line cooks work at a single station in restaurants. Their culinary workstations are divided according to types of foods prepared. Line cooks also ensure the food and produce supplied is fresh before it is cooked.
Prep cooks can remain competitive by furthering their education to position them to get a higher level of culinary jobs. They can pursue an associate's or bachelor's degree program in culinary arts. These programs have courses like food preparation, sanitation, international cuisine, and hospitality. Before pursuing any of these culinary courses, ensure they are certified by the American Culinary Federation, which verifies the courses as high-quality culinary education.