Short Order Cook

Short Order Cooks prepare foods for fast food restaurants. The job includes washing and/or inspecting ingredients and then cooking the food typically in grills, microwaves or deep-fat fryers.

Duties and tasks

  • Cleaning, cutting and measuring foods
  • Cooking with equipment like a deep-fat fryer and grill
  • In some cases, delivery of food is also involved
  • Preparing meals
  • Sanitising and cleaning cooking areas and equipment
  • Taking orders for food and processing payments

Skills required

  • Accurately conveying details to other individuals
  • Energetic and capable at working at a fast pace
  • Interest in assisting other people
  • Outstanding customer service skills
  • Understanding of OH&S

Working conditions

Short Order Cooks work in confined and noisy spaces in fast food restaurants. In some cases, the environment may also be noisy. They are expected to work fast and they spend many hours on their feet.

Related jobs and job titles

  • Chef
  • Cook
  • Fast Food Cook
  • Kitchenhand
  • Pastrycook
  • Take-away Food Cook