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35-2011.00 - 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.

Following are examples of the tasks required for a cook, fast food position. For more detailed information including knowledge, skills, abilities, work activities, work context, job zone, interests, work values, work needs, and related occupations, visit the O*Net web site at http://online.onetcenter.org/?r=1&id=805

Tasks

  • Clean food preparation areas, cooking surfaces, and utensils.
  • Cook and package batches of food, such as hamburgers and fried chicken, which are prepared to order or kept warm until sold.
  • Cook the exact number of items ordered by each customer, working on several different orders simultaneously.
  • Maintain sanitation, health, and safety standards in work areas.
  • Measure ingredients required for specific food items being prepared.
  • Mix ingredients such as pancake or waffle batters.
  • Operate large-volume cooking equipment such as grills, deep-fat fryers, or griddles.
  • Pre-cook items such as bacon, in order to prepare them for later use.
  • Prepare and serve beverages such as coffee and fountain drinks.
  • Prepare specialty foods such as pizzas, fish and chips, sandwiches, and tacos, following specific methods that usually require short preparation time.
  • Read food order slips or receive verbal instructions as to food required by patron, and prepare and cook food according to instructions.
  • Verify that prepared food meets requirements for quality and quantity.
  • Wash, cut, and prepare foods designated for cooking.
  • Clean, stock, and restock workstations and display cases.
  • Order and take delivery of supplies.
  • Prepare dough, following recipe.
  • Schedule activities and equipment use with managers, using information about daily menus to help coordinate cooking times.
  • Serve orders to customers at windows, counters, or tables.
  • Take food and drink orders and receive payment from customers.

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