Prep cooks play an integral role in the operation of restaurant kitchens all over the country. From chopping and dicing to mixing and baking, prep cooks have a variety of responsibilities that ensure hungry guests are served the delicious meals they expect. Prep cooks are the foundation of a successful foodservice business and are extremely valuable assets to talented chefs.
Our popular restaurant is seeking a hard-working, organized and detail-oriented individual to be the prep cook in our successful kitchen. The prep cook is responsible for meal prep duties including the preparation of ingredients, side dishes and sauces for each restaurant shift. The ideal candidate for this position works well under pressure and is dedicated to excellence. If you are proud of your basic cooking skills and enjoy a daily challenge, our prep cook position is right for you!
Typical duties include:
Execute daily food preparation tasks as assigned by the head chef and sous chef
Manage inventory of kitchen ingredients and stock items as necessary
Communicate progress and needs with kitchen staff
Accurately measure ingredients and follow recipes to make sauces, dressings, entrees and side dishes
Wash and prepare food ingredients according to health department standards
Maintain a sanitary and organized work environment
Properly label food items and store in the designated area
Wash dishes, take out trash and all other kitchen duties as assigned
Proper food safety training and knowledge of sanitation guidelines
Ability to follow orders and work in a fast-paced environment
Ability to multitask and prioritize responsibilities
Knowledge of how to properly use kitchen tools such as knives, blenders, oven and gas range
Ability to communicate effectively
Strong desire to work as a team player
Ability to life between 25-60 lbs on a regular basis
High school diploma or equivalent
Prior kitchen experience as a prep cook
Food handling certification
Proper training in a professional kitchen
On average, prep cooks earn $11.50 per hour. In addition to competitive wages, prep cooks also enjoy flexible schedules and other benefits such as restaurant discounts.
Prep cooks are typically required to have a high school diploma or GED. Certain upscale restaurants, however, prefer prep cooks to have formal training in the kitchen.
The position of prep cook is an ideal starting position for individuals who want to pursue a career in the restaurant industry. Many prep cooks are promoted to line cooks while others go on to culinary school and become executive chefs.
There is a bright future ahead for prep cooks as the restaurant industry continues to grow. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the position of prep cook is projected to grow over 8% between now and 2028, which is faster than the average career.