Cooks prepare, cook, and present a wide variety of foods for anywhere from five to five hundred people. They may work at receptions, house parties, and other events or create individual dishes in restaurants or institutions, sometimes in accordance with instructions from a dietician or chef. Some Cooks may even work in test kitchens where they develop recipes for televised cooking shows or home and lifestyle magazines.
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What Preparation and Training Do You Need?
What's Your Future as a Cook (415A)?
Apprentice wage starts at minimum wage and increases with skill and experience. Experienced and certified Cooks can earn $30,000-$70,000 annually or more. Owners or co-owners of successful restaurants may make significantly more.
|Do you like to create and experiment with new ideas for recipes?|
|Do you have good reading, writing, mathematical, measuring and problem-solving skills?|
|Can you work under pressure? Can you make quick decisions?|
|Are you able to follow Health & Safety guidelines?|
|Are you able to stand or sit for long periods of time?|
|Are you detail-oriented? Do you have the ability to work closely with others?|
|Are you an organized person? Do you enjoy working with your hands and different equipment?|
If you checked YES to the majority of these questions, a career as a Cook (415A) may be for you!
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