Becoming a Cook
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Becoming a Cook

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Prepares, seasons and cooks food in a dining or catering establishment.
Training time 6 months - 3 years
Average pay $32,692
Employment prospects Strong
Employment size 10,100

What does a Cook do?

  • examining foodstuffs to ensure quality
  • regulating temperatures of ovens, grills and other cooking equipment
  • preparing and cooking food
  • seasoning food during cooking
  • portioning food, placing it on plates, and adding gravies, sauces and garnishes
  • storing food in temperature controlled facilities
  • preparing food to meet special dietary requirements
  • may plan menus and estimate food requirements