A short order cook's main job is ensuring that food preparation is completed before the business opens and that food is prepared correctly for the customer. They must be able to make a wide variety of food in a short period of time. Some short order cooks have to be able to take orders directly from the customer and serve the food to them as well. They are also responsible for the food inventory, which includes ordering and receiving food while keeping food inventory data up to date. Short order cooks also have to ensure that any food that is past its expiration date is thrown out. Additionally, they are in charge of conducting kitchen upkeep, making sure that all equipment is clean, and ensuring that the kitchen meets all health standards.
Short order cooks can work either full or part time depending on the needs of the business. Hours vary, and cooks should be able to work the shifts required by their employer. This job requires standing for long periods of time, as well as the risk of injuries such as burns and cuts.
Short order cooks generally must have at least a high school diploma or equivalent. They also typically need to have at least six months of experience in the food or service industry. Short order cooks should have communication and interpersonal skills as well.
Cook, Short Order Tasks
Prepare ingredients by washing, chopping, weighing, and measuring.
Prepare foods that require short preparation times.
Maintain food logs, expenditures, and inventory.
Clean and maintain work area, utensils, and dishes.
Monitor food quality and test for doneness, serving in standard portions and presentations.