Assistant Line Cook
A cook assistant provides support to head chefs. This role works under the direct supervision of an executive chef or a sous chef. Cook assistants perform a variety of cooking duties, including preparing food, testing new recipes, cleaning the kitchen, plating dishes, and maintaining supplies. Individuals in this role should have excellent communication skills and a focus on prompt, efficient, and courteous service. Cook assistants thrive in high-pressure environments and enjoy being busy. Hours will vary based on the employer, and on-the-job training is typically offered.
Cook Assistant Duties and Responsibilities
While the day-to-day duties of cook assistants are determined by their employer, there are many core tasks associated with the role. Based on our analysis of job listings, these include:
Cook assistants ensure the kitchen, including all appliances and utensils, is clean. They clean and sanitize work areas and equipment according to establishment protocol, deep-cleaning equipment and work areas as needed. During food service, the cook assistant is responsible for keeping the station fully stocked and in working order. They also maintain food production records, notify supervisors when supplies are low, unpack deliveries, and restock work areas.
Cook assistants are responsible for preparing ingredients prior to meal service, such as chopping vegetables, butchering meat, or cleaning seafood. They also assist the head chef in cooking dishes according to set recipes.
Store and Dispose of Food
A cook assistant is usually responsible for the storage of food, both incoming stock and leftovers. They often unload delivery trucks and ensure that food is stored in the appropriate conditions. After food service, the cook assistant is responsible for determining if leftovers of either prepared or partially prepared food can be reused or if they must be disposed of.
Cook Assistant Skills and Qualifications:
Cook assistants should have a passion for food and strong attention to detail. The ideal candidate for this role works well with different personality types, enjoys helping others, and upholds a strong sense of cleanliness and organization. Employers prefer candidates who possess the following abilities:
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