Cooks season and prepare a wide range of food.

What cooks do:

Cooks do a variety of things in the kitchen to help the chef, some of these are;

  • Checking the freshness of foods, bake, roast,grill, boil, or fry any meats,fish and vegetables and other foods.
  • Garnish, arrange and serve food
  • Clean work areas, utensils, etc
  • Cook, store and hold ingredients
  • Weigh and measure ingredients

Median Pay

$20,260 per year
$9.74 per hour

Job Outlook

The demand for cooks looks to rise 8% from 2010 to 2020. Many occupations are looking to be opening up.


Advancement depends on the skill level they have. They need to have the urge to learn more skills and have good responsibility to take on more tasks. They might need more teaching in order to advance in the career


  • Comprehension-The ability to understand customers orders and understand recipes.
  • Customer-service skills- The ability to deal with customer complaints and special orders.
  • Manual Dexterity- Chefs need good hand eye coordination to be able to have good knife skills
  • Stamina-Able to stay on their feet for a long amount of time
  • Teamwork- Sometimes chefs don't make the whole dish, so they need to understand and work with other chefs to get things done
  • 2 or more years in a Independent and vocational cooking schools, professional culinary institutes and also college programs help inspiring cooks

Sarah Barnes