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Direct and may participate in the preparation, seasoning, and cooking of salads, soups, fish, meats, vegetables, desserts, or other foods. May plan and price menu items, order supplies, and keep records and accounts.

Work Activities
  • Monitor sanitation practices to ensure that employees follow standards and regulations.
  • Check the quality of raw or cooked food products to ensure that standards are met.
  • Estimate amounts and costs of required supplies, such as food and ingredients.
  • Instruct cooks or other workers in the preparation, cooking, garnishing, or presentation of food.
  • Supervise or coordinate activities of cooks or workers engaged in food preparation.
  • Inspect supplies, equipment, or work areas to ensure conformance to established standards.
  • Order or requisition food or other supplies needed to ensure efficient operation.
  • Determine production schedules and staff requirements necessary to ensure timely delivery of services.
  • Check the quantity and quality of received products.
  • Determine how food should be presented and create decorative food displays.
  • Plan, direct, or supervise the food preparation or cooking activities of multiple kitchens or restaurants in an establishment such as a restaurant chain, hospital, or hotel.
  • Coordinate planning, budgeting, or purchasing for all the food operations within establishments such as clubs, hotels, or restaurant chains.
  • Analyze recipes to assign prices to menu items, based on food, labor, and overhead costs.
  • Prepare and cook foods of all types, either on a regular basis or for special guests or functions.
  • Meet with sales representatives to negotiate prices or order supplies.
  • Recruit and hire staff, such as cooks and other kitchen workers.
  • Collaborate with other personnel to plan and develop recipes or menus, taking into account such factors as seasonal availability of ingredients or the likely number of customers.
  • Demonstrate new cooking techniques or equipment to staff.
  • Arrange for equipment purchases or repairs.
  • Meet with customers to discuss menus for special occasions, such as weddings, parties, or banquets.
  • Record production or operational data on specified forms.
Skills
  • Monitoring

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

  • Coordination

    Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

  • Speaking

    Talking to others to convey information effectively.

WorkKeys®
Applied Mathematics
4
Reading for Information
4
Locating Information
3
Abilities
  • Oral Comprehension

    The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

  • Oral Expression

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

  • Problem Sensitivity

    The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

Knowledge
  • Food Production

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

  • Production and Processing

    Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

  • 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 $37,920/yr
  • Typical Salary
  • Ohio Hourly Wage $18.23/hr
  • Typical Hourly Wage
Ohio Employment Trends
  • Currently Employed 3,730
  • Yearly Projected Openings 90
Typical Education
Personality
Enterprising: People interested in this work like activities that include leading, making decisions, and business. They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Attention to Detail
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Integrity
  • Initiative
Tools
  • Domestic kitchen or food thermometers
  • Commercial use ranges
  • Commercial use graters
  • Commercial use food slicers
  • Commercial use cutlery
Technology
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Office suite software
  • Materials requirements planning logistics and supply chain software
  • Data base user interface and query software
  • Analytical or scientific software
Tags
  • Apprenticeships are available for this occupation. These programs can help you get hands-on experience and build your skills.