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Cooks, Private Household
District Of Columbia

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Prepare meals in private homes. Includes personal chefs.

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Currently Employed: 10

Projected Annual Job Openings: 0

Typical Hourly Wage: Not Available

Typical Annual Salary: Not Available

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typical training

Typical education needed for entry: Postsecondary non-degree award

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: Less than 5 years

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: None

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typical job duties

  • Plan menus according to employers' needs and diet restrictions.
  • Shop for or order food and kitchen supplies and equipment.
  • Peel, wash, trim, and cook vegetables and meats, and bake breads and pastries.
  • Prepare meals in private homes according to employers' recipes or tastes, handling all meals for the family and possibly for other household staff.
  • Stock, organize, and clean kitchens and cooking utensils.
  • Direct the operation and organization of kitchens and all food-related activities, including the presentation and serving of food.
  • Specialize in preparing fancy dishes or food for special diets.
  • Create and explore new cuisines.
  • Plan and prepare food for parties, holiday meals, luncheons, special functions, and other social events.
  • Serve meals and snacks to employing families and their guests.

tools & technology

  • Basters or basting brushes
  • Domestic kitchen or food thermometers
  • Domestic kitchen spatulas
  • Domestic knives
  • Domestic strainers or colanders

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  • Data base user interface and query software
  • Inventory management software
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