What does a Cook do?

Cooks are responsible for providing a pleasurable dining experience for customers by preparing high quality food. This usually means managing all asepcts of food preparation and production in an environment that meets sanitation guidelines. Their duties can range from preparing ingredients to be cooked, to being responsible for grilling all foods.

Cooks must have a high school diploma or general education degree (GED). It is oftentimes preferred that cooks have a culinary certification or degree. The best cooks are good at teamwork, show attention to detail, and demonstrate strong communication skills.

  • Prepare food items for customers as requested, including special requests, in a timely and consistent manner
  • Determine food and supply needs based on rotating menus
  • Inspect food products and supplies as needed
  • Ensure work environment and stations are clean and sanitized
  • Check food before it is served to customers
  • Control and minimize waste
  • Comply with outlined safety regulations and procedures
  • High school diploma or general education degree (GED) required
  • Culinary certification or degree from a culinary school preferred
  • 2-3 years food service or restaurant experience required
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 30 pounds
  • Comfortable standing, stopping, squatting, twisting, and moving frequently
  • Ability to pass a food service sanitation course
  • Familiarity with general kitchen equipment and applicances
  • Strong working knowledge of food preparation techniques, cooking methods, and safety and sanitation practices
  • Ability to read, comprehend, and follow recipes
EducationGED / High School Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.2 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.1 ★
Avg. Experience0-1 Year

Cook Salaries

Average Base Pay

£19,984 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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£16K
Median: £20K
£25K
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Glassdoor Estimated Salary

Cook Career Path

Learn how to become a Cook, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

L2
Cook
£19,984/yr
L3
Cook III
£20,144/yr
L4
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Cook Insights

Read what Cook professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Southern Craft BBQ
Fry Cook
10 Aug 2021

“People are rude and care about themselves and there is no such thing as a “team.””

Hopdoddy Burger BarHopdoddy Burger Bar
Fry Cook
5 Aug 2021

“Great management always got my hours and made work fun and enjoyable would recommend working at the heights location”

Brimstone Woodfire Grill
Cook
9 Aug 2021

“Good hourly pay and yeah the pay essentially that’s all I have to say about the pros to this place”

AerotekAerotek
Time and Expense Associate
8 Sep 2021

“I had a great boss who helped with any issues and always try to keep things positive”

Stack 571 Burger & Whiskey BarStack 571 Burger & Whiskey Bar
Grill Cook
22 Jan 2022

“At least in my location our kitchen crew was pretty solid and all could have a good time while working.”

Sunrise Senior LivingSunrise Senior Living
Cook
11 Aug 2021

“It is a stable job that does provides benefits and friendly people to work with.”

Little Caesar'sLittle Caesar's
Cook
4 Aug 2021

“The pay is not good at all and is not worth the stress of the job.”

Northern Alaska TourNorthern Alaska Tour
Cook
28 Dec 2021

“Amazing people and the owner Brett will be one of the best people you'll ever work for.”

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Cook Interviews

Related Careers

Line Cook
£21,311
No skills overlap
Busser
£20,304
No skills overlap
Prep Cook
£23,412
25% skills overlap
Dishwasher
£16,024
50% skills overlap

Cook jobs

Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a cook

When working as a cook, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Effective Communication, English Language, Positive Work Ethic, Grooming and Positive Attitude.

The most similar professions to cook are:
  • Line Cook
  • Busser
  • Prep Cook
  • Dishwasher

The most common qualifications to become a cook is a minimum of a GED / High School Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.