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Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria

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

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Monitor and record food temperatures to ensure food safety.
    • Cook foodstuffs according to menus, special dietary or nutritional restrictions, or numbers of portions to be served.
    • Rotate and store food supplies.
    • Wash pots, pans, dishes, utensils, or other cooking equipment.
    • Apportion and serve food to facility residents, employees, or patrons.
    • Clean and inspect galley equipment, kitchen appliances, and work areas to ensure cleanliness and functional operation.
    • Clean, cut, and cook meat, fish, or poultry.
    • 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.
    • Plan menus that are varied, nutritionally balanced, and appetizing, taking advantage of foods in season and local availability.
    • Monitor menus and spending to ensure that meals are prepared economically.
    • Compile and maintain records of food use and expenditures.
    • Train new employees.
    • Take inventory of supplies and equipment.
    • Requisition food supplies, kitchen equipment, and appliances, based on estimates of future needs.
    • Bake breads, rolls, or other pastries.
    • Determine meal prices, based on calculations of ingredient prices.

    Skills

    • Judgment and Decision Making

      Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.

    • Monitoring

      Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

    • Operations Monitoring

      Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • Near Vision

      The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    • Category Flexibility

      The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.

    Knowledge

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Food Production

      Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.

    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 28240/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 13.58/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 18,930
    • Yearly Projected Openings 2,680

    Typical Education

    Personality

    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Dependability
    • Attention to Detail
    • Self Control
    • Integrity
    • Stress Tolerance
    • Adaptability/Flexibility

    Tools

    • Commercial use food slicers
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    • Commercial use cutlery
    • Commercial use convection ovens
    • Commercial use broilers

    Technology

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

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