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Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria
District Of Columbia

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Prepare and cook large quantities of food for institutions, such as schools, hospitals, or cafeterias.

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Currently Employed: 1,410

Projected Annual Job Openings: 50

Typical Hourly Wage: $12.70 - $17.51

Typical Annual Salary: $26,400 - $36,400

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typical training

Typical education needed for entry: Less than high school

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: Short-term on-the-job training

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typical job duties

  • Clean, cut, and cook meat, fish, or poultry.
  • Clean and inspect galley equipment, kitchen appliances, and work areas to ensure cleanliness and functional operation.
  • Cook foodstuffs according to menus, special dietary or nutritional restrictions, or numbers of portions to be served.
  • Apportion and serve food to facility residents, employees, or patrons.
  • Monitor use of government food commodities to ensure that proper procedures are followed.
  • Direct activities of one or more workers who assist in preparing and serving meals.
  • Wash pots, pans, dishes, utensils, and other cooking equipment.
  • Compile and maintain records of food use and expenditures.
  • Take inventory of supplies and equipment.
  • Bake breads, rolls, and other pastries.

tools & technology

  • Commercial use broilers
  • Commercial use convection ovens
  • Commercial use cutlery
  • Commercial use deep fryers
  • Commercial use ranges

  • Analytical or scientific software
  • Data base user interface and query software
  • Point of sale POS software
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Word processing software

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