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

Courtyard Memphis Germantown
Germantown, TN

Ideal candidate for the Bistro at Courtyard Germantown, Will need experience in food prep and bartending. Flexible schedule is required and must be able to work weekends. Positive and outgoing personality and Excellent customer service is essential. Part of job duties will be to prepare food, operat ... more
Hilton Boston Dedham
Dedham, MA

The Omelet cook is responsible for cost effective preparation of quality food in safe and efficient compliance with proper food preparation and handling, policies and procedures, brand standards, and federal, state and local regulations. Promptly reports emergencies, accidents, injuries, missing ar ... more
Hilton Garden Inn Frederick
Frederick, MD

Sets up station with necessary items to produce menu items per shift checklist. Requisitions any items needed before end of shift. Checks banquet and prep sheet for future functions and functions for that night. Makes Chef/Sous Chef aware of any problems during shift (e.g. “86” items, personnel p ... more
Avila Golf & Country Club
Tampa, FL

Avila Golf & Country Club located in Tampa, Florida is one of America’s most exclusive and beautiful Country Clubs. A classic and traditional club, Avila was built in 1980 offering golfers and sports enthusiasts the luxuries and anonymity of a Country Club lifestyle. Bob Sierra’s vision combined ... more
Topping Rose House
Bridgehampton, NY

Topping Rose House is a 5 star property that features a Main Dining Room, Bar, Private Events, Catering, and 24-hr. Room Service. Chef Tom Colicchio's 75-seat restaurant is truly farm-to-table, featuring produce grown on the property's one acre Topping Rose Farm and honoring the best ingredients fro ... more
Sedona, AZ

SaltRock Restaurant at Amara Resort is looking for a line cook to join their Fortune Magazine Top 100 team! This position is responsible for cooking, prepping and working alongside the executive chef to create a wonderful dining experience in the restaurant. This position is a PM shift (3-11pm) an ... more
Hundred Rox
Sedona, AZ

SaltRock Restaurant at Amara Resort is looking for a dishwasher/prep to join theirwinning team! This position is responsible for prepping and working alongside the executive chef and line cooks to create a wonderful dining experience in the restaurant while making sure all dishes are cleaned and s ... more
The Park Vista DoubleTree by Hilton
Gatlinburg, TN

Established in 1974, Davidson Hotels & Resorts is a leader in the hospitality industry and a rapidly growing hotel company. We are a full service hospitality company providing management, development, acquisition, accounting and consulting expertise for the lodging industry. Our portfolio of hot ... more
Holiday Inn Hammond
Hammond, LA

Committed to delivering service excellence to guests and investors alike, Frontera Hotel Group is a rapidly-expanding hospitality company with exceptional potential for the motivated and service-oriented individual. We have developed deep and extensive affiliations with the industry’s leading brands ... more
Iowa State University
Ames, IA

Iowa State University Dining is seeking applications for a Chef de Cuisine-Catering. Under the direction of the Executive Chef, the Chef de Cuisine-Catering serves as the back of house catering culinary leader and decision maker for ISU Dining. The Chef de Cuisine advises on production of catering t ... more

Featured Employers