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Cooks, Restaurant
District Of Columbia

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Prepare, season, and cook dishes such as soups, meats, vegetables, or desserts in restaurants. May order supplies, keep records and accounts, price items on menu, or plan menu.

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Currently Employed: 5,310

Projected Annual Job Openings: 180

Typical Hourly Wage: $11.66 - $16.69

Typical Annual Salary: $24,200 - $34,700

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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: Less than 5 years

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

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typical job duties

  • Inspect and clean food preparation areas, such as equipment and work surfaces, or serving areas to ensure safe and sanitary food-handling practices.
  • Ensure food is stored and cooked at correct temperature by regulating temperature of ovens, broilers, grills, and roasters.
  • Ensure freshness of food and ingredients by checking for quality, keeping track of old and new items, and rotating stock.
  • Turn or stir foods to ensure even cooking.
  • Season and cook food according to recipes or personal judgment and experience.
  • Bake, roast, broil, and steam meats, fish, vegetables, and other foods.
  • Weigh, measure, and mix ingredients according to recipes or personal judgment, using various kitchen utensils and equipment.
  • Portion, arrange, and garnish food, and serve food to waiters or patrons.
  • Observe and test foods to determine if they have been cooked sufficiently, using methods such as tasting, smelling, or piercing them with utensils.
  • Wash, peel, cut, and seed fruits and vegetables to prepare them for consumption.

tools & technology


Tools:
  • Commercial use cutlery
  • Commercial use ovens
  • Cutting machinery
  • Domestic knives
  • Slicing machinery

Technology:
  • Compliance software
  • Data base user interface and query software
  • Inventory management software
  • Materials requirements planning logistics and supply chain software
  • Point of sale POS software

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