Prep cook

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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.

What skills help Prep Cooks find jobs?

  • Cooking Experience
  • Kitchen Experience
  • Culinary Experience
  • Restaurant Experience
  • Food Preparation Experience
  • Food Service
  • Food Handling
  • Heavy Lifting
  • Food Safety Experience
  • Sage
  • Customer Service
  • Human Resources

Career progression for Prep Cook

Education levels for Prep Cooks

1%2%98%Bachelor's DegreeAssociate's DegreeHigh School Diploma or GED

Based on the requirements of Prep 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 experience20k21k22k22k23kAnnual salary in USD

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

Common qualifications for Prep Cooks

  • Food Handler Certification
  • ServSafe
  • Driver's License
  • TABC Certified
  • Food Safety Certification
  • OLCC Service Permit
  • Fire Safety Certification
  • Bartender License
  • Class E
  • Chauffeur's Permit
  • First Aid Certification
  • CPR Certification
Frequently asked questions
Common questions about career advices for a Prep Cook

What other positions are similar to a prep cook?

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.

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How can a prep cook remain competitive?

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.

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