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Career Details :: Cooks, Fast Food
Prepare and cook food in a fast food restaurant with a limited menu. Duties of the cooks are limited to preparation of a few basic items and normally involve operating large-volume single-purpose cooking equipment.
Some previous work-related skill, knowledge, or experience may be helpful in these occupations, but usually is not needed. For example, a drywall installer might benefit from experience installing drywall, but an inexperienced person could still learn to be an installer with little difficulty.
These occupations usually require a high school diploma and may require some vocational training or job-related course work. In some cases, an associate's or bachelor's degree could be needed.
Employees in these occupations need anywhere from a few months to one year of working with experienced employees.
- Prepares specialty foods, such as pizzas, fish and chips, sandwiches, and tacos, following specific methods, usually requiring short preparation time.
- Reads food order slip or receives verbal instructions as to food required by patron, and prepares and cooks food according to instructions.
- Measures required ingredients needed for specific food item being prepared.
- Prepares dough, following recipe.
- Prepares and serves beverage, such as coffee and fountain drinks.
- Serves orders to customers at window or counter.
- Cleans work area and food preparation equipment.
- Slices meats, cheeses, and vegetables, using knives and food-slicing machines.
- Bakers, Bread and Pastry
- Butchers and Meat Cutters
- Cooks, Short Order
- Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop
- Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers
- Maids and Housekeeping Cleaners
- Pressers, Delicate Fabrics
General Work Activities
- Handling and Moving Objects
- Performing for/Working With Public
- Monitor Processes, Material, Surroundings
- Getting Information Needed to Do the Job
- Performing General Physical Activities
Frequent Work Context
- Importance of Being Sure All Is Done
- Provide a Service to Others
- Job-Required Social Interaction