What's it like to be a Cook?
A Cook prepares fast and simple food. Cooks usually work on several orders at once to get the food out as quickly as possible to customers. They apply food safety and hygiene techniques to maintain a clean kitchen and ensure the freshness and quality of their ingredients.
Tasks and duties
- Leading cost and inventory control measures to minimise food wastage and spoilage
- Ensuring excellence of menu delivery to ensure the highest standards of quality
- Preparing menus and considering clients' in choice and selection where appropriate.
- Monitoring and complying with Workplace Health and Safety and Environmental practices.
- Keeping up with trends in cooking and the restaurant business to ensure that guests have a positive experience.
Specific tasks and duties of the role vary depending on where you are working. In some takeaway food outlets or restaurants you may need knowledge in preparing and cooking a particular type of food (for example pizza or fried chicken), or you may need to specialise in a particular type of cuisine (such as Italian, Vietnamese or Indian).
What can I earn as a Cook?
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How to become a Cook
- Complete a vocational qualification in cookery. This may be a Certificate III in Commercial Cookery (SIT30816) or a Certificate IV in Commercial Cookery (SIT40516).
- It’s also recommended you hold a Food Handler’s Certificate.
- Work your way up the kitchen ladder to become a supervisor or pursue a career as a Chef working in a commercial kitchen.
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