Cook (Fast Food)

Fast Food Cooks prepare and cook specific foods that are on a restricted menu for fast food restaurants. The menus are extremely limited and this does not require any expertise or education in the culinary arts. Fast food cooks usually fry much of the foods that they serve. Food must be prepared incredibly quickly as customers wait at the counter until their order is ready.

Duties and tasks

  • Cook the food products
  • Ensure delivery of products is timely
  • Ensure the cleanliness of utensils and kitchen areas
  • Measure and season food
  • Operate grills, deep fryers and warming ovens
  • Order food products
  • Prepare the food
  • Sanitize food preparation surfaces
  • Take orders from customers

Skills required

  • Ability to follow directions
  • Ability to follow directions
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time
  • Capability to operate kitchen equipment
  • Enjoyment in preparing food for others
  • Good communication skills
  • Knowledge of sanitation procedures

Working conditions

Fast Food Cooks work inside of restaurants that provide meals quickly. Time is of the essence at fast food restaurants as people want their food immediately. This can be a stressful environment as many customers can become upset if they need to wait for their food. The fast food restaurants are usually climate controlled for comfort.

Professional associations / Industry information

Restaurant and Catering
The Food, Tourism and Hospitality Industry Skills Advisory Council

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  • Chef
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