How to become a Prep Cook

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.

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What skills help Prep Cooks find jobs?

  • Cooking
  • Culinary Experience
  • Restaurant Experience
  • Kitchen Experience
  • Knife Skills
  • Food Preparation Experience
  • Sanitation
  • Food Handling
  • Food Service
  • Baking
  • Guest Relations Experience
  • Hospitality Experience
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Career progression for Prep Cook

Education levels for Prep Cooks

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

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Expected salary by experience

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

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Common qualifications for Prep Cooks

  • Food Handler Certification
  • ServSafe
  • AED Certification
  • Driver's License
  • TABC Certified
  • Food Safety Certification
  • OLCC Service Permit
  • CPR Certification
  • First Aid Certification
  • MAST Permit
  • Registered Dietitian
  • Bartender License
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Frequently asked questions

Common questions about career advices for a Prep Cook

What other positions are similar to a prep cook?

Positions similar to a prep cook are:

  • Short order cooks which work in fast-food restaurants, cafes and diners and make foods that require fewer culinary skills to prepare, like sandwiches. fries and burgers.
  • Line cooks which work at a single workstation in restaurants and are divided according to types of foods prepared.
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How can a prep cook advance their career?

A prep cook can advance their career by completing further education such as a bachelor's or associate's degree. Before continuing further education, they should ensure the American Culinary Federation certifies them and verifies the courses as high-quality culinary education.

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What skills should a prep cook have?

Skills required to be a prep cook:

  • Possess knowledge of the health and safety rules in the kitchen
  • Have the ability to stay calm under stress
  • Be manually dexterous to operate tools in the kitchen
  • Have excellent communication skills and be a team player
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