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Fast-Food Cook

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What They Do

Cooks, Fast Food Career Video

About This Career

Prepares and cooks food in a fast food restaurant with a limited menu. Duties of these cooks are limited to preparation of a few basic items and normally involve operating large-volume single-purpose cooking equipment.

This career is part of the Hospitality and Tourism cluster Restaurants and Food/Beverage Services pathway.

A person in this career:

  • Orders and takes delivery of supplies.
  • Cooks the exact number of items ordered by each customer, working on several different orders simultaneously.
  • Operates large-volume cooking equipment, such as grills, deep-fat fryers, or griddles.
  • Prepares specialty foods, such as pizzas, fish and chips, sandwiches, or tacos, following specific methods that usually require short preparation time.
  • Washes, cuts, and prepares foods designated for cooking.
  • Prepares and serves beverages, such as coffee or fountain drinks.
  • Reads food order slips or receives verbal instructions as to food required by patron, and prepares and cooks food according to instructions.
  • Cleans food preparation areas, cooking surfaces, and utensils.
  • Serves orders to customers at windows, counters, or tables.
  • Cleans, stocks, and restocks workstations and display cases.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 20 lbs., sometimes up to 50 lbs. You might do a lot of lifting, carrying, pushing or pulling.
  • Work in this occupation involves standing more than one-third of the time

Working in this career involves (physical activities):

  • Seeing clearly up close
  • Identifying and understanding the speech of another person

Work Hours and Travel

  • Rotating shift work
  • Weekend work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Cook — Prepares and cooks a wide variety of foods in restaurants, hotels, hospitals and other health care institutions, central food commissaries, educational institutions and other establishments.
  • Fry Cook — Prepares hamburgers and other fast food meals.
  • Grill Cook
  • Line Cook — Holds down one station on a restaurant line and can be expected to perform a range of duties related to the station.
  • Pizza Cook
  • Pizza Maker
  • Deep Fat Fryer Operator
  • Fast Food Cook
  • Fryer
  • Prep Cook (Preparatory Cook)


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