How to Hire a Prep Cook

Does your growing business need a Prep Cook? Prep Cooks support your cooking line by handling the routine, bulk duties in a kitchen.

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

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Salary Information

  • Common wage in US: $11.64 hourly
  • Typical wages range from $7.25$19.65 hourly
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Common
$7.25
$19.65

*Indeed data (US) – Jan 2019

Why hire a Prep Cook?

The need for new staff can affect both your existing team and your bottom line. A great Prep Cook hire can help your business:

• Chop, peel, and pre-cook ingredients involved with that day’s menu
• Prepare dishes for banquets and ensure all special diet needs are met
• Clean and sanitize all cooking surfaces prior to meal prep

Skills to look for in a great Prep Cook

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

• High school diploma with food prep experience
• Ability to work holidays and weekends
• Understanding food and health regulations
• Excellent communication skills
• Works in a fast-paced environment
• Works independently

Writing a Prep Cook job description

A thoughtful description is important to finding qualified Prep Cook candidates. A Prep Cook job description includes a compelling summary of the role, 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 Prep Cook jobs, such as:

• Prep Cook
• Line Cook
• Cook

Interviewing Prep Cook candidates

Strong candidates for Prep Cook positions will be confident answering questions regarding:

• Setting up and serving in a banquet setting
• Reading and comprehension of a meal plan
• Highlighting and reporting inventory needs

See our list of interview questions for more examples.

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