Cooks prepare, season and cook food, often using pre-prepared ingredients, in clubs, private households, fast food outlets, shops selling food cooked on the premises and the catering departments and canteens of other establishments.
- Requisitions or purchases foodstuffs and checks quality
- Plans meals, prepares, seasons and cooks foodstuffs
- Cooks and sells a range of meals, such as fish and chips, over the counter
- Plans and co-ordinates kitchen work such as fetching, clearing and cleaning of equipment and utensils.
There are no formal academic requirements. Training is provided off- and on-the-job. NVQs/ SVQs in Food Preparation and Cooking are available at Levels 1, 2 and 3. Apprenticeships leading to an NVQ/SVQ at Level 3 are also available.
Salaries for this occupation tend to start at £18,000 per annum and can progress up to £19,000 per annum.
Is it in growth or decline?
There are currently 10,889 employed Cooks in the region.