Cooks prepare, season and cook soups, meat, fish, poultry, vegetables and desserts. They make sauces, gravies and salads. They perform some meat cutting, and prepare basic baked goods.

What do Cooks do on the job?

  • Prepare and cook complete meals or individual dishes.
  • Prepare and cook special meals for patients as instructed by a dietician or chef.
  • Oversee subordinate personnel in preparation, cooking and handling of food.
  • May plan menus, determine size of food proportions, estimate food requirements and costs, and monitor and order supplies.

Cooks generally are employed in restaurants, hotels, hospitals, clubs, central food commissaries, correctional institutions, catering establishments and educational institutions. Cooks can also be found working in the transportation industry aboard ships, trains or airplanes and at construction and logging campsites.


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