What Does a Prep Cook Do?

Posted on 05/29 by Erin Helms

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A typical first job for cooks in restaurants is a prep cook. But what does that mean and what does a prep cook do? We’re here to answer all your questions.

What does a prep cook do?

Let’s start at the top: A prep cook works with others in the kitchen to both maintain safety and to keep ingredients prepared. Prep cooks are highly valuable and trusted; the best prep cooks are hugely important people in their restaurants.

What are the responsibilities of a prep cook?

You don’t need your own knife roll to start as a prep cook. But what you will need to do is be able to work quickly and effectively to: Clean and sanitize prep stations before and after using them while also making sure all kitchen equipment is clean and ready to use at a moment’s notice. Keep an eye on all common ingredients to ensure nothing runs low during the busy dinner or lunch rush - this might mean chopping fruit and vegetables, thawing frozen ingredients or reporting any shortages to a chef or sous chef for replenishment. Helping with inventory and ordering tasks. Ensuring food safety standards and regulations are upheld.

What kind of education is needed to be a prep cook?

This might vary a little based on the kind of restaurant you’re applying to. Some will require a high school diploma or GED; others will want that level of education and some experience in other kitchens before they’ll bring you onto their team.

Do I need to be trained first?

Some experience is beneficial, but it might not be a requirement. While working as a prep cook, you’ll be taught knife handling skills, the importance of communication and how to make the items you’ll be preparing. Each kitchen has its own rhythms, language and shorthand codes; you’ll learn to understand these things as you work there.

Find a job working as a prep cook

Working with LaborMax means you’ll have someone on your side to help you navigate the job hunt while also providing access to training opportunities and even temporary jobs to help gain experience while looking for a permanent job. It’s time to add some flavor and spice to your life and prepare for your prep cook job and LaborMax is ready to help! Call us today to learn more.  

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