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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 11,299 employed Cooks in the region.

Current Vacancies


HR GO Recruitment
5 Jul 2020


Elm Lodge Residential Care Home
22 Jun 2020


Parkville Care Centre
25 Jun 2020


Maricare Ltd
14 Jul 2020


Maria Mallaband Care Group
15 Jul 2020
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