34-cookingCooks prepare and present a wide variety of foods.Cooks duties may include some or all of the following: prepare complete meals or individual dishes and food product, prepare special dietary consideration foods and meals, participate in the scheduling and supervision of kitchen staff, oversee food production operation, maintain operational inventory and record, participate and maintain effective sanitation procedures, may plan menus and determine food quality quantity and cost, participate in the hiring and training of food production staff. Cooks may specialize in the preparation of ethnic or specialty dishes.





Traits & Talents

Physical stamina and effective communication skills are two very important traits that you should have to become a cook. Other traits include organizational skills, flexibility, creativity, working well as part of a team, having a strong customer service focus and a desire to learn.

The Workplace

Employment opportunities include hotels, restaurants, food service chains, catering firms, remote campsites, institutions, eco tourism , travel operations, food processors and resort properties.

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