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Private Household Cook

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What They Do

Cooks, Private Household Career Video

About This Career

Prepares meals in private homes. Includes personal chefs.

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

A person in this career:

  • Plans menus according to employers' needs and diet restrictions.
  • Stocks, organizes, and cleans kitchens and cooking utensils.
  • Cools, packages, labels, and freezes foods for later consumption and provides instructions for reheating.
  • Peels, washes, trims, and cooks vegetables and meats, and bakes breads and pastries.
  • Keeps records pertaining to menus, finances, and other business-related issues.
  • Prepares meals in private homes according to employers' recipes or tastes, handling all meals for the family and possibly for other household staff.
  • Shops for or orders food and kitchen supplies and equipment.
  • Specializes in preparing fancy dishes or food for special diets.
  • Directs the operation and organization of kitchens and all food-related activities, including the presentation and serving of food.
  • Creates and explores new cuisines.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.
  • Work in this occupation involves using your hands to hold, control, and feel objects more than one-third of the time
  • Work in this occupation requires being inside most of the time
  • Work in this occupation involves making repetitive motions more than one-third of the time
  • 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
  • Lifting, pushing, pulling, or carrying objects

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours
  • Weekend work

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Certified Personal Chef (CPC)
  • Personal Chef
  • Private Chef


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