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Cook, Short Order

Short-order cooks work in small full-service restaurants, grills, coffee shops, and other eateries where dishes are prepared as soon as they are ordered. Some short-order cooks work for schools, hospitals, or other institutions. Their main job is to prepare good food as quickly as possible, so they specialize in cooking hot breakfasts items, grilled sandwiches, hamburgers, chili dogs, and other dishes that take only a few minutes to fix.

Short-order cooks must be good organizers. During rush periods the wait staff drops off dozens of food orders in the kitchen; short-order cooks must keep track of these orders and make sure that guests who arrive first are served first. Many orders are cooked on the grill at one time, so short-order cooks must juggle several items without allowing any of them to burn. To keep hot meals hot, they must notify the wait staff that orders are ready as soon as the food is put on serving plates.

Short-order cooks do more than cook. During slow periods in the restaurant they prepare foods for cooking. For example, they slice cheese, weigh meat portions for individual sandwiches, wash and cut vegetables, and prepare coleslaw and lettuce for salads. Sometimes they are assisted in these jobs by kitchen helpers.

Salary Range: 
$ 17,366 - $ 25,231

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