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Cook

We are looking for a cook to help us with preparing delicious dishes to serve. You will be required to prepare ingredients for cooking, make dishes according to the recipe and ensure the kitchen is clean and sanitary at all times.


Hospitality Industry

This industry comprises of various categories of service related fields such as hotels, restaurants, transportation, and event planning to name a few. It is a profit-oriented industry directly dependent on the disposable income and leisure time of people.


What to expect from the role

  • Hands-on experience in the kitchen.
  • Practicing basic cooking skills and techniques.
  • Working under the guidance and leadership of chefs.
  • Exposure to the culinary world and people involved in the field of hospitality.


Responsibilities

  • Set the workstation with the required ingredients and equipment for cooking.
  • Prepare the ingredients before cooking them such as cutting the meat, preparing batter, boiling vegetables, etc.
  • Cook according to the steps and techniques as needed for the dish being prepared.
  • Present the food neatly before serving.
  • Ensure food and ingredients are stored in their required conditions.
  • Ensure the kitchen is clean and sanitary.
  • Follow the health codes and regulations in all activities.
  • Maintain an inventory of all the ingredients and ensure there is always a stock of ingredients.
  • Maintain the kitchen equipment and utensils well.


Requirements

  • High school graduate.
  • Additional diploma in culinary school is preferred.
  • Well versed with various cooking methods and using kitchen equipment.
  • Maintain high levels of cleanliness in all activities.
  • Excellent knowledge of flavors and technique.
  • Exceptional communication skills, physical health and a sense of teamwork.


Average Salary

An average salary of $24,140 per annum.

Source - money.usnews.com

Career Path

Cook is an entry-level job and requires some amount of qualification and kitchen experience. Here is an ideal way you can chart your path towards this job role post-high school.

  • Attend a culinary training school and complete an associate’s or master’s degree program.
  • Job experience of 1-2 years in the kitchen of an established restaurant.
  • Professional institutions offer apprenticeship programs as well.


Career Progression

With sufficient experience in this job role, you can move on to other jobs in this field such as:

  • Head Cook
  • Line Cook
  • Commis Chef


Sample Questions

Personal
  • What is your best dish?

  • Why did you want to become a cook?

  • Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Human Resources
  • How would you react if a member of our establishment violated the food safety regulations?

  • Are you comfortable with working flexible hours?

  • Describe your knowledge of food safety.

Management
  • How would you describe your management style?

  • Who do you identify as our competitors and why?

  • How do you organize your work for a kitchen prep?

Technical skills and knowledge
  • What is the best way to prepare a broth?

  • What is your favorite cuisine to cook? Why?

  • What are the different kinds of cuts for vegetables and what are their specifications?