Do you love food?
Do you enjoy turning simple ingredients into exciting meals?
Perhaps a job as a cook is right for you!
What Does A Cook Do?
Order groceries and restock the pantry
Clean and set up work areas
Measure and prepare ingredients for cooking
Follow the directions of chefs and food service managers
Manage food stations
Where Can A Cook Work?
In a restaurant cooking dishes from different cultures
At school preparing breakfast and lunch for students
At a catering company cooking for special events like parties
In a food truck preparing dishes at outdoor festivals and markets
What Does It Pay?
The annual salary for a cook in the U.S. ranges from $24,430 to $36,741 (USD).
The annual salary for a cook in Canada ranges from $35,255 to $41,424 (CAD).
What Are The Ingredients For Success?
You'll love being a cook if you:
Enjoy working in a team
Thrive working in a fast-paced environment
Are eager to develop new culinary skills
Have great time-management skills
Don’t mind spending a lot of time on your feet
Is Cooking Your Cup of Tea?
Reconsider being a cook if you:
Find fast-paced environments challenging to work in
Prefer working on a fixed (9-5) work schedule
Don't like working with your hands
Don't enjoy multitasking in the kitchen
Don't fancy working on weekends and holidays
What Qualifications and Training Do You Need?
Cooking is all about hands-on experience and practical skills.
While you typically don’t need a formal education to become a cook, it's recommended that you have a high school diploma.
You might also benefit from enrolling in culinary school or doing an apprenticeship at a food service establishment.