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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.

Entry Requirements

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.

Industry Insights

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.

Current Vacancies


The Bay Horse Ale House
18 Jun 2019


The Goodmaham Arms
19 Jun 2019


Kinder Haven Ltd
12 Jun 2019


The Avenue Day Nursery Limited
29 May 2019


Brewery and tap limited
18 Jun 2019
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