Cooks perform some or all of the following duties:
A. May hire and train kitchen staff
B. Cooks may specialize in preparing and cooking ethnic cuisine or special dishes.
C. Prepare and cook complete meals or individual dishes and foods
D. Prepare and cook special meals for patients as instructed by dietitian or chef
E. Schedule and supervise kitchen helpers
F. Oversee kitchen operations
G. Maintain inventory and records of food, supplies and equipment
1. Accommodation and food services - 78.0%
2. Health care and social assistance - 11.0%
3. Retail trade - 2.0%
4. Arts entertainment and recreation - 2.0%
5. Other services (except public administration) - 2.0%
6. Public administration - 1.0%
7. Educational services - 1.0%
1. To be a cook, you usually must complete high school.
2. You need a three-year apprenticeship program for cooks, or a college or other program in cooking, or several years of commercial cooking experience.
3. Trade certification is available, but voluntary, in all provinces/territories.
4. Red Seal, an interprovincial trade certification, is also available to qualified cooks.
5. With additional experience and training, you may move up the ranks to a more senior position, such as chef.
6. Most recent entrants have a community college diploma, and almost 2 in 5 have a trade/vocational certificate.
The average hourly wages for Cooks is $9.90/HR, which is below average for occupations in the sale and service sector and are below average for all technical, professional, and skilled occupations. These wages grew at an average rate from 2002 to 2004.