Cook Ringawera

Cooks prepare, cook and serve food. They work in cafes, bars, fast food outlets or for caterers.

Cooks may do some or all of the following:

  • prepare raw ingredients for menu items, according to customers' orders
  • cook food quickly and efficiently
  • arrange food on plates or wrap it to be taken away
  • give instructions and demonstrate cooking methods and techniques to others
  • create new recipes and plan menus
  • order food supplies, organise deliveries and restock shelves
  • run their own business.

At very small restaurants, the duties of cooks may overlap with other jobs. For example, cooks may take orders and also wash the counters and dishes.

Physical Requirements

Cooks need to have a reasonable level of fitness as they spend a lot of time on their feet. They also need good hand-eye co-ordination, as they handle sharp knives and other kitchen tools.

Cooks must have a high level of personal hygiene.

Useful Experience

Experience as a waiter/waitress, or in a catering or food business is useful for this job.

Some basic training through introductory cooking courses is also useful.

Personal Qualities

Cooks need to be:

  • able to pay attention to detail
  • quick, efficient and customer-focused
  • adaptable and creative
  • able to multitask and maintain concentration
  • able to work well under pressure and deal with high-stress environments
  • able to lead a team
  • able to listen and communicate well.

Useful Experience

Experience as a waiter/waitress, or in a catering or food business is useful for this job.

Some basic training through introductory cooking courses is also useful.

Subject Recommendations

There are no specific secondary education requirements to become a cook, but useful subjects include English, maths and food technology.

Cooks can earn around $17-$19 per hour per year.

Cooks may move into supervisory, or more senior chef positions.

They may also set up their own businesses, such as cafes or takeaway shops.

Cook