Cooks, Short Order Career Video
Description: Prepare and cook to order a variety of foods that require only a short preparation time. May take orders from customers and serve patrons at counters or tables.
In today’s high-speed world, people often want things fast, including their meals. Short Order Cooks specialize in preparing food very quickly. Also called grill or prep cooks, they usually work in diners and coffee shops. They’re expected to know how to cook many different foods…often at the same time. When things get busy, the orders come in fast and furious. This job demands concentration, an excellent memory and being able work under pressure. A good sense of timing is essential. You need to know just when each item will be ready. Cooks are expected to keep their equipment and work areas clean. They make sure shelves are properly stocked with the necessary ingredients. Bending and lifting, working over a hot grill, using knives, and being on your feet for long periods are all part of a day’s work. No formal education is required. Most cooks learn on the job. This could be a good job for those seeking supplemental income, flexible hours or variable schedules. As long as Americans want to eat on the go, short order cooks will be in the kitchen…and in demand.