Kitchen workers are responsible for tasks relating to food preparation and kitchen maintenance. The nature of this work can vary greatly. For example, a large restaurant or fast-food company may hire multiple kitchen workers, some of whom may only be required to undertake tasks relating to cleaning and organization, while others may be primarily involved in food preparation. In a smaller business, kitchen workers may be responsible for every job performed in a kitchen, including knowing and preparing every meal on a menu, butchering and cleaning meat, taking inventory, placing and receiving orders, and wrapping and storing food correctly with few to no co-workers. They may also be required to prepare or brew beverages and occasionally interact with customers. They are also usually required to wash dishes and antisense work stations.
In their work, kitchen workers will have to communicate often. They must understand and carry out specific or special requests from customers. During a busy period, they must regularly communicate with co-workers and ensure that everybody is working efficiently on their specific tasks. They usually work in shifts, which often include weekends and evenings, since restaurants are busiest at these times. They usually report to a manager or supervisor, though in some smaller businesses a manager or owner may also be the kitchen worker. Their work is entirely indoors, and often physically demanding, requiring repetitive motion and heavy lifting.
No official qualifications are required to work as a kitchen worker, but experience in food preparation and hospitality may be required for many businesses.
Kitchen Worker Tasks
Operate and maintain dishwasher.
Maintain a hygienic kitchen, cleaning and sanitizing all work and food stations.
Handle and store food according to food safety guidelines.
Clean and organize all china, glass and silverware.
Serve food and collaborate with other staff.