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PREP-COOK: Have Hand-Eye Coordination Because You Can Cut Yourself

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Akhenaten is a prep-cook. He found his job after working for a year at a flea market and showing that he could be a reliable employee. He shares what he does on a daily basis as a prep-cook and advises those interested in going into the culinary arts to have good knife-handling skills because you can hurt yourself.

Job Title: Prep-Cook

Job Summary: Food Preparation Workers

Job Description

Food preparation workers perform many routine tasks under the guidance of cooks or food supervisors. They prepare cold foods, slice meat, peel and cut vegetables, brew coffee or tea, and do many other tasks.

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Short-term on-the-job training

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Average salary
Average salary
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$10,000 - $30,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
5 to 15 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Part-time
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Travel, Indoor, Hospital / Clinic, Physically demanding
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Teamwork, Strength/stamina, Likes working with hands

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Education requirement
Education Requirement
High school degree
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<span m='16280'>made</span> <span m='16690'>to</span> <span m='17112'>food--</span> <span m='17534'>other</span> <span m='17745'>foods.</span> <span m='18800'>It's</span> <span m='18855'>a</span> <span m='18910'>stressful</span> <span m='19320'>job.</span> <span m='20280'>I</span> <span m='20420'>would</span> <span m='20580'>say,</span> <span m='20820'>no,</span> <span m='21380'>depending</span> <span m='21830'>on</span> <span m='22090'>if</span> <span m='22310'>you</span> <span m='22840'>like</span> <span m='23130'>working</span> <span m='23490'>in</span> <span m='24090'>the</span> <span m='24320'>culinary</span> <span m='24960'>arts.</span> </p><p><span m='26330'>It</span> <span m='26460'>gives</span> <span m='26730'>you</span> <span m='26880'>practice.</span> <span m='27620'>It</span> <span m='27720'>gives</span> <span m='28000'>you,</span> <span m='29770'>as</span> <span m='29940'>you</span> <span m='30060'>say,</span> <span m='32540'>some</span> <span m='32610'>morals</span> <span m='32930'>and</span> <span m='33090'>some</span> <span m='33250'>standards.</span> <span m='34560'>Because</span> <span m='35020'>it</span> <span m='35210'>also</span> <span m='36160'>builds</span> <span m='36790'>me</span> <span m='37200'>up</span> <span m='37688'>to,</span> <span m='38176'>I</span> <span m='38664'>would</span> <span m='38908'>say,</span> <span m='39152'>adulthood.</span> <span m='39640'>And</span> <span m='40320'>these</span> <span m='40520'>are</span> <span m='40560'>things</span> <span m='40780'>that</span> <span m='40870'>you</span> <span m='41101'>have</span> <span m='41333'>to</span> <span m='41564'>do.</span> </p><p><span m='42260'>I</span> <span m='42410'>got</span> <span m='42600'>this</span> <span m='43170'>job</span> <span m='43580'>by</span> <span m='43720'>asking</span> <span m='44200'>around,</span> <span m='45940'>about</span> <span m='46240'>a</span> <span m='46290'>year</span> <span m='46560'>ago,</span> <span m='46960'>at</span> <span m='47040'>the</span> <span m='47185'>flea</span> <span m='47330'>market.</span> <span m='48070'>I</span> <span m='48440'>know</span> <span m='48640'>some</span> <span m='48840'>people</span> <span m='49090'>do</span> <span m='49330'>need</span> <span m='49540'>help</span> <span m='50320'>around</span> <span m='50650'>there,</span> <span m='50790'>setting</span> <span m='51170'>up,</span> <span m='51340'>packing</span> <span m='51510'>up.</span> <span m='52310'>But</span> <span m='53980'>I</span> <span m='54060'>was</span> <span m='54330'>first</span> <span m='54750'>a</span> <span m='57030'>retail</span> <span m='57340'>clerk.</span> <span m='57880'>It</span> <span m='58350'>went</span> <span m='58920'>later</span> <span m='59350'>on</span> <span m='59510'>to</span> <span m='59740'>being--</span> <span m='60260'>getting</span> <span m='60480'>me</span> <span m='60560'>more</span> <span m='60810'>hours.</span> <span m='61570'>And</span> <span m='62140'>by</span> <span m='62380'>showing</span> <span m='62830'>that</span> <span m='63050'>I</span> <span m='63160'>was</span> <span m='65000'>reliable</span> <span m='65720'>as</span> <span m='66040'>an</span> <span m='66640'>employee,</span> <span m='68232'>he</span> <span m='68698'>gave</span> <span m='69164'>me</span> <span m='69630'>more</span> <span m='69865'>hours.</span> </p><p><span m='70100'>I'm</span> <span m='70260'>a</span> <span m='70290'>vegetarian.</span> <span m='71350'>I</span> <span m='71910'>didn't</span> <span m='72290'>know</span> <span m='72490'>about</span> <span m='73300'>how</span> <span m='73520'>to</span> <span m='73710'>prepare</span> <span m='74280'>some</span> <span m='74630'>certain</span> <span m='74910'>meats,</span> <span m='75200'>how</span> <span m='75410'>to</span> <span m='75930'>rinse</span> <span m='76250'>off</span> <span m='76865'>some</span> <span m='77200'>certain</span> <span m='77490'>things</span> <span m='77920'>and</span> <span m='78640'>how</span> <span 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<span m='91150'>yourself</span> <span m='91620'>or</span> <span m='91860'>anything.</span> <span m='92210'>And</span> <span m='92630'>we're</span> <span m='92890'>trying</span> <span m='93160'>to</span> <span m='93460'>cut</span> <span m='93560'>back</span> <span m='93660'>on</span> <span m='93760'>that</span> <span m='94060'>as</span> <span m='94360'>much</span> <span m='94660'>as</span> <span m='94810'>possible.</span> </p>","file":{"id":288447,"video_id":"2695534112001","name":"PREP-COOK: Have Hand-Eye Coordination Because You Can Cut Yourself","duration":95556,"thumbnail_url":null}});