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LINE COOK: It's A Mentally And Physically Challenging Job

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Derek shares his story about working as a line cook. He talks about what duties he performs as a cook, how many plates he may prepare on any given day and what he's learned about the restaurant business that he didn't know when he first started. He also provides advice to those thinking about becoming restaurant cooks.

Job Title: Line Cook

Job Summary: Cooks, All Other

Job Description

Cooks prepare, season, and cook a wide range of foods, such as soups, salads, entrees, and desserts.

On-the-Job Training

Short-term on-the-job training

Quick Facts

Average salary
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$15,000 - $35,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
5 to 10 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Long hours, Irregular
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Indoor, Hospital / Clinic, Military, Home, Physically demanding
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Teamwork, Strength/stamina, People skills, Likes working with hands

Educational Path

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Education Requirement
Apprenticeship
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m='16830'>working.</span> <span m='17440'>And</span> <span m='17870'>then</span> <span m='18880'>you</span> <span m='19390'>work</span> <span m='19660'>that</span> <span m='19890'>service</span> <span m='20165'>and</span> <span m='20440'>people</span> <span m='20730'>come</span> <span m='20930'>in</span> <span m='21140'>and order</span> <span m='21390'>stuff,</span> <span m='21865'>and you</span> <span m='22340'>make</span> <span m='22550'>everything</span> <span m='22970'>to order.</span> </p><p><span m='23760'>The</span> <span m='24360'>menu</span> <span m='25610'>where</span> <span m='25830'>I</span> <span m='25850'>work</span> <span m='26280'>changes</span> <span m='26720'>every</span> <span m='26910'>month.</span> <span m='27250'>So</span> <span m='27550'>we</span> <span m='27600'>make</span> <span m='27850'>all</span> <span m='27990'>sorts</span> <span m='28340'>of different</span> <span m='28450'>stuff.</span> <span m='28700'>And</span> <span m='28920'>there's</span> <span 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m='50460'>go</span> <span m='50690'>either</span> <span m='50880'>way.</span> <span m='51290'>But you've</span> <span m='51390'>got your</span> <span m='51520'>busy</span> <span m='52020'>days</span> <span m='52422'>like</span> <span m='52824'>today,</span> <span m='53226'>Saturday.</span> </p><p><span m='54030'>I</span> <span m='54350'>just</span> <span m='54570'>started</span> <span m='54910'>working</span> <span m='55260'>at</span> <span m='55360'>restaurants</span> <span m='55950'>when</span> <span m='56110'>I</span> <span m='56160'>was</span> <span m='56340'>younger</span> <span m='56700'>and</span> <span m='56890'>kept</span> <span m='57140'>doing</span> <span m='57400'>it</span> <span m='57970'>because</span> <span m='58170'>I</span> <span m='58230'>liked</span> <span m='58560'>it.</span> <span m='59130'>Well,</span> <span m='59350'>I</span> <span m='59430'>know</span> <span m='59630'>that</span> <span m='63410'>almost</span> <span m='63740'>everything</span> <span m='64150'>you get</span> <span m='64239'>in a</span> <span m='64349'>restaurant</span> <span m='64769'>has</span> <span m='64920'>been</span> <span m='65080'>precooked</span> <span m='65560'>in</span> <span m='65700'>some</span> <span m='65970'>way.</span> <span m='66180'>That's</span> <span m='66410'>something</span> <span m='66862'>that most</span> <span m='67314'>people don't</span> <span m='67766'>really</span> <span m='68220'>know.</span> </p><p><span m='68575'>The</span> <span m='68930'>advice</span> <span m='69235'>I would</span> <span m='69540'>give</span> <span m='69840'>is</span> <span m='71140'>start</span> <span m='71460'>when</span> <span m='71850'>you're</span> <span m='72160'>young.</span> <span m='72360'>Figure</span> <span m='72670'>out</span> <span m='72810'>if it's</span> <span m='73090'>something</span> <span m='73390'>that</span> <span m='73550'>you</span> <span m='73680'>really</span> <span m='73930'>want</span> <span m='74080'>to</span> <span m='74230'>do,</span> <span 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