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Cooks, Private Household

Prepare meals in private homes. Includes personal chefs.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

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


    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions, or approaches to problems.

    • Service Orientation

      Actively looking for ways to help people.

    • Management of Material Resources

      Obtaining and seeing to the appropriate use of equipment, facilities, and materials needed to do certain work.


    Applied Math
    Workplace Documents
    Graphic Literacy


    • Near Vision

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

    • Arm-Hand Steadiness

      The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.

    • Finger Dexterity

      The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.


    • 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.

    • Food Production

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

    • Sales and Marketing

      Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.

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    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 770
    • Yearly Projected Openings 110

    Typical Education


    Artistic: People interested in this work like activities that include creating, designing, and making your own rules.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Dependability
    • Integrity
    • Attention to Detail
    • Independence
    • Cooperation
    • Concern for Others


    • Domestic knives
    • Domestic kitchen spatulas
    • Domestic kitchen or food thermometers
    • Domestic forks
    • Basters or basting brushes


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    • Electronic mail software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Calendar and scheduling software
    • Accounting software
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