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6242 Cooks

Cooks prepare and cook a wide variety of foods. They are employed in restaurants, hotels, hospitals and other health care institutions, central food commissaries, educational institutions and other establishments. Cooks are also employed aboard ships and at construction and logging campsites. Apprentice cooks are included in this unit group.

Example Titles

  • apprentice cook
  • cook
  • dietary cook
  • first cook
  • grill cook
  • hospital cook
  • institutional cook
  • journeyman/woman cook
  • licensed cook
  • line cook
  • second cook
  • short order cook
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Main duties


Cooks perform some or all of the following duties:
  • Prepare and cook complete meals or individual dishes and foods
  • Prepare and cook special meals for patients as instructed by dietitian or chef
  • Schedule and supervise kitchen helpers
  • Oversee kitchen operations
  • Maintain inventory and records of food, supplies and equipment
  • May set up and oversee buffets
  • May clean kitchen and work area
  • May plan menus, determine size of food portions, estimate food requirements and costs, and monitor and order supplies.
  • May hire and train kitchen staff
Cooks may specialize in preparing and cooking ethnic cuisine or special dishes.

Employment requirements

  • Completion of secondary school is usually required.
  • Completion of a three-year apprenticeship program for cooks
    or
    Completion of college or other program in cooking
    or
    Several years of commercial cooking experience are required.
  • Trade certification is available but voluntary in all provinces and Territories.
  • Interprovincial trade certification (Red Seal) is also available to qualified cooks.

Additional information

  • There is mobility among the various types of cooks in this group.
  • Progression to supervisory or more senior positions, such as chef, is possible with experience and training.
  • Red Seal trade certification allows for interprovincial mobility.

Classified elsewhere

  • Chefs (6241)
  • Food Counter Attendants, Kitchen Helpers and Related Occupations (6641)