How to Hire a Line Cook

Does your restaurant need a line cook? Line Cooks can help your food establishment create great meals for your customers.

Here are some tips to help you find great line cook candidates and make the right hire for your business.

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Line Cooks search for Jobs on Indeed*

354,523

job seekers clicked on line cook jobs

127,389

resumes from job seekers with line cook experience on Indeed

28,978

line cook jobs that received clicks

Salary Information

  • Common wage in US: $13.05 hourly
  • Typical wages range from $7.25$21.95 hourly
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Common
$7.25
$21.95

*Indeed data (US) – Jan 2019

Why hire a Line Cook?

Hiring a line cook provides your food establishment to provide quality food while maintaining short ticket times. The right hire for your line cook position will know best practices, kitchen safety, and be willing to adapt to a fast paced kitchen environment.

• Decrease the ticket time of your kitchen
• Create quality food from your kitchen’s recipes
• Ensure that your kitchen meets cleanliness standards

Skills to look for in a great Line Cook

A great line cook candidate will have the following skills and attributes as well as work experience that reflects:

• Attention to detail
• Basic culinary skills
• Understanding of food safety
• Verbal and organizational skills
• Great work ethic
• Time management

Writing a Line Cook job description

A thoughtful description is important to finding qualified line cook candidates. A line cook job description should include a compelling summary of the role, a detailed list of duties and responsibilities, and the required and preferred skills for the position.

Consider including keywords that job seekers are using to search for line cook jobs, such as:

• Prep cook
• Sous cook
• Sandwich artist

Interviewing Line Cook candidates

Strong candidates for line cook positions will be confident answering questions regarding:

• Ticket time organization
• Kitchen and safety certifications
• Past kitchen experience

See our list of interview questions for more examples.

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