What does a Cook (415A) do?

Cooks prepare, cook, and present a wide variety of foods for anywhere from five to five hundred people. They may work at receptions, house parties, and other events or create individual dishes in restaurants or institutions, sometimes in accordance with instructions from a dietician or chef. Some Cooks may even work in test kitchens where they develop recipes for televised cooking shows or home and lifestyle magazines.

Job Related Skills, Interests and Values

  • Planning a sequence of tasks to meet production requirements within specified costs
  • Organizing human and material resources within time constraints to create products
  • Performing calculations and using formulas in the preparation of soups, stews, gravies, etc.
  • Working with dieticians, customers, or senior personnel to design meals
  • Hiring, supervising, and training kitchen personnel
  • Performing job duties with care and creativity

What Preparation and Training Do You Need?

  • Secondary school diploma with math and English credits; job-related co-op or courses an asset
  • High school students may benefit from Hospitality and Tourism High Skills Major program
  • Completion of 5,280-hour apprenticeship and two 12-week in-school training sessions
  • Exam to obtain Certificate of Qualification

What's Your Future as a Cook (415A)?

  • Full-time or part-time with evenings, weekends, and holidays; may work long and irregular hours
  • Generally start as apprentices and progress through Line Cook, Junior Cook, and then Cook; those with extensive experience who supervise others are known as Chefs
  • May work as generalist or specialize in particular type of cuisine; some may own or co-own restaurant
  • Employers include institutions, restaurants, catering companies, hospitals, health and social services firms, and recreational chains or resorts

Wage Rate

Apprentice wage starts at minimum wage and increases with skill and experience. Experienced and certified Cooks can earn $30,000-$70,000 annually or more. Owners or co-owners of successful restaurants may make significantly more.

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