A pizza cook/chef/maker is the person makes the pizzas offered by a pizzeria or other restaurant. The pizza cook generally works in a commercial kitchen in the preparation and baking of the pizza.
Because pizzas typically involve a wide variety of ingredients, the pizza cook should expect to do a great deal of preparatory work sch as cutting and portioning vegetables, preparing cheeses, and slicing meats. Additionally, many restaurants will require the pizza chef to work to create a variety of sauces, from the familiar tomato sauce to other sauces centered around herbs, oils, and other ingredients. If a restaurant makes its pizza dough from scratch, the pizza maker may also assist with preparing dough.
The pizza cook must carefully follow all standards regarding recipes and pizza creation. Because of the various times that different ingredients take to cook, it is important for the pizza cook to pay close attention to portioning for each pizza. Because pizza ovens tend to be extremely hot, the cook also must be careful about handling pizzas and any utensils, baking sheets, and pans used. An important aspect of the pizza chef's job is quality control. A pizzeria depends on a pizza maker using fresh ingredients and ensuring pizzas are neither overcooked nor undercooked.
Pizza cook positions typically do not require specific educational requirements, and previous experience is valued by employers. Pizza cooks are typically persons who have worked in some other kitchen capacity in a restaurant and are familiar with preparatory work and food preparation.
Pizza Cook / Chef / Maker Tasks
Prepare ingredients, sauce and dough and assemble pizzas according to standards and orders.
Operate pizza ovens and conduct maintenance, reporting problems.
Assist with special orders and when other work stations fall behind.
Maintain a hygienic work station, rotate ingredients, and clean equipment and pizza ovens.