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.
What they do:
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.
On the job, you would:
Clean food preparation equipment, work areas, and counters or tables.
Perform food preparation tasks, such as making sandwiches, carving meats, making soups or salads, baking breads or desserts, and brewing coffee or tea.
Perform general cleaning activities in kitchen and dining areas.
Manufactured or Agricultural Goods
manufacture and distribution of products
Arts and Humanities
listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
reading work related information
noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it
do two or more things at the same time
pay attention to something without being distracted
Hand and Finger Use
hold or move items with your hands
keep your arm or hand steady
People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.
They do well at jobs that need:
Attention to Detail
You might use software like this on the job:
Point of sale POS software
Plexis Software Plexis POS
Inventory management software
Inventory control software
high school diploma/GED or no high school diploma/GED usually needed
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