Cook Ringawera

Cooks prepare, cook and serve food. They work in cafes, bars, hospitals, schools, daycare centres, fast food outlets, or for caterers.

Cooks may do some or all of the following:

  • cook food quickly and efficiently
  • prepare raw ingredients for menu items to fill customer orders
  • arrange food on plates or wrap it to be taken away
  • give instructions and demonstrate cooking methods and techniques to others
  • create new recipes and plan menus
  • order food supplies, organise deliveries and restock shelves
  • run their own business.

At very small restaurants, the duties of cooks may overlap with other jobs. For example, cooks may take orders and also wash the counters and dishes.

Physical Requirements

Cooks need to have:

  • a high level of personal hygiene
  • good hand-eye co-ordination as they handle sharp knives and other kitchen tools
  • a reasonable level of fitness as they spend long periods on their feet.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for cooks includes:

  • any restaurant work in roles such as waiter/waitress or kitchenhand
  • any cooking experience
  • work in a catering or food business
  • work in the aged care industry.

Personal Qualities

Cooks need to be:

  • able to pay attention to detail
  • quick, efficient and customer-focused
  • adaptable and creative
  • deal with high-stress environments
  • able to work well under pressure
  • able to lead a team, listen and communicate well.

Useful Experience

Useful experience for cooks includes:

  • any restaurant work in roles such as waiter/waitress or kitchenhand
  • any cooking experience
  • work in a catering or food business
  • work in the aged care industry.

Subject Recommendations

There are no specific secondary education requirements to become a cook, but English, maths and home economics (food and nutrition) are useful.

Cooks can earn around $19-$22 per hour per year.

Cooks may move into supervisory or managerial roles, or more senior chef positions.

They may also set up their own businesses, such as cafes or takeaway shops.

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