Cook Jobs

Cook jobs are often a perfect fit for professionals who want a career requiring little formal training. Cooking jobs are also quite plentiful and may be found in a variety of different types of dining establishments. Whether you want to work in a bar or restaurant, for a catering company, in a retirement facility, in a hotel or on a cruise ship, you will find a wide range of cook jobs and employment opportunities at Hcareers.

Hcareers lists open cook jobs from some of the top employers in the restaurant and food service industries including Landry's Restaurants Inc., Patina Restaurant Group and Mortons. These chains frequently post jobs for prep cooks and line cooks. Other well-known employers such as Buffalo Wild Wings, Inc., Dave and Busters, and Applebees frequently post open positions for grill cooks and short order cooks. You will also find openings from employers wishing to fill pastry cook and private cook positions.

Professionals seeking jobs for cooks can choose from positions in a variety of environments. Numerous cook jobs are found in small and large privately owned restaurants as well as larger restaurant chains. Many hotels employ cooks as well. Banquet cook jobs and cooking jobs on cruise ships are also options for culinary professionals who enjoy spending time in a fast-paced kitchen environment.

Cook jobs are often filled by younger employees. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that 35 percent of cooks are 24 years of age or younger. Cooking and other types of restaurant jobs also offer a certain degree of schedule flexibility with as much as 33 percent of cook jobs being part time positions. Because prep work begins before a kitchen opens, and clean up continues after it is shut down for the night, employees are needed to work early mornings, daytime hours, evening hours and late nights. As a result, professionals can often find shifts that fit well with the rest of their lives �whether they're in school, raising children or using restaurant work to supplement their existing income.

Little formal education is required for most cook jobs. In general, a high school diploma or GED is preferred. Most prep cooks and line cooks learn food preparation through on the job training. Those who want to take on advanced cooking duties may attend cooking school through a vocational program, community college or culinary school. Cooks who put in the time to gain experience and show enthusiasm for their profession may advance to positions of more responsibility or to cooking jobs in higher paying establishments.

As of February 2012, the leisure and hospitality industry employed more than 13.5 million professionals, many of them in cooking roles. More than 41,000 positions were added to the food services and drinking places category in February 2012 alone. According to the BLS, 66 percent of all cooks are employed in restaurants and other establishments that serve food and drink. Around 16 percent of cooks work in schools, universities, hospitals and elderly care facilities such as nursing homes. The remaining 18 percent work in hotels, grocery stores and as private cooks.

Employment opportunities for cooks are expected to continue their upward trend. The National Restaurant Association expects restaurant employment alone to increase to 14.3 million by 2022. In addition, cook jobs in many establishments have a high turnover rate. Part time workers may leave to pursue full time employment elsewhere, and lower paid cooks may seek employment at higher paying establishments. High turnover means a constant demand to fill cook job openings.

Whether you're just beginning your cook job search or are looking for a position with higher potential, check the Hcareers job board frequently for the best cook employment opportunities.

Most Recent Cook Jobs

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Tucson - Reid Park
Tucson, AZ

Line cook is a members of the Food & Beverage Team. S/he is responsible for: preparation of food "to order" for the hotel restaurant; ensures consistent quality; and follows IHR's Standard Operating Procedures and Food Safety procedures. This individual is required to be detailed orien ... more
Embassy Suites Memphis
Memphis, TN

A Night Manager with Embassy Suites Hotels is responsible for directing and overseeing all hotel operations during the night shift to support the hotels continuing effort to deliver outstanding guest service and financial profitability. ... more
Marriott Fort Collins
Fort Collins, CO

Job Purpose: To supervise and coordinate activities of cooks and other workers engaged in preparing and cooking food stuffs. ... more
Washington, DC

Our associates' experience and knowledge are our greatest asset. Continued positive growth is a necessity and we remain committed to providing our associates access to the best opportunities for career development and advancement. ... more
Atlanta, GA

Ruth's Chris Steak House, the nation's leading steakhouse, is currently seeking team members for our restaurant inside the Embassy Suites in Buckhead, Atlanta. ... more
Le Méridien Charlotte
Charlotte, NC

Discover LeMeridien and unlock your potential. LeMeridien Charlotte, opening November 2014, is looking for line cooks to begin immediately in preparation for our opening. LeMeridien is designed to create a culturally refined, meaningful atmosphere that inspires travelers to be passionate and stimula ... more
Boston Cafe and Catering
Woburn, MA

As a premier catering company in New England, Boston Catering & Events is raising the bar on culinary excellence with their new Executive Chef, Kevin Marsland Jr. ... more
Sacramento Marriott Rancho Cordova
Rancho Cordova, CA

*AM Dish Steward: complete opening duties as assigned, including the following: Set up and organize dishwashing area. Clean any remaining dishes from the prior day’s business. *PM Dish Steward: complete closing duties as assigned, including the following: Leave dishwashing area clean, dry and ... more
Loews New Orleans
New Orleans, LA

The Loews New Orleans Hotel is seeking Cafeteria Attendant to join our team. The Loews New Orleans Hotel is a 4 Diamond, luxury 285 room hotel with over 17,000 square feet of meeting space located in the heart of the Central Business District. For more information about the Loews New Orleans Hotel, ... more
Lake Austin Spa Resort
Austin, TX

Manage and close our resort dining room and evening front desk operations while ensuring consistently great guest service. Take the lead in training new servers and ensuring that any guest issues are resolved properly. Responsible for handling guest issues for the entire resort after normal business ... more

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