Cook

WHAT YOU DO

Every time you place an order in a restaurant, it triggers a chain reaction behind the scenes. Long before you arrived, there were already Cooks in the back receiving food orders, and preparing, slicing and dicing ingredients for the busy dinner service ahead. When your order hits the kitchen, everybody jumps into action.

As a Cook, you might be part of a team or leading a specific station—either way, you have to be fast, efficient and love the adrenaline rush of a tight deadline. You’ll be working elbow to elbow with other Cooks in close quarters, coordinating your work down to the second, so that every meal that leaves the kitchen is fresh, hot and tasty.

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WHAT YOU LEARN

  • How to order, organize and store food safely
  • How to prepare and cook with a wide variety of ingredients
  • How to experiment with different flavours and cuisines
  • How to dream up tasty dishes and plan menus
  • How to prepare food for all sorts of people, occasions and events

WHO YOU WORK FOR

As a Cook, you can find work wherever people are eating—think restaurants, catering companies, hotels and resorts, ships and hospitals—or start your own business.

Types of Workplaces

  • Restaurants
  • Hotels and Resorts
  • Hospitals and Institutions
  • Self Employed

WHO YOU’LL WORK WITH

Cooks are the experts who handle the heat in commercial kitchens. They are involved in all phases of the process from cost projection and preparation to presentation. You will be paired with an experienced Cook who will help you navigate the fast-paced world of commercial kitchens.

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Artisans are

ATTENTIVE, CREATIVE, EXPRESSIVE, INVENTIVE, PRECISE

Critical Skills

  • Knife skills and food preparation safety
  • Menu planning, ordering and inventory
  • Cost management and front of house procedures
  • Stocks, soups and sauces
  • Meats, Poultry and Seafood
  • Baked goods and desserts
  • Beverages and presentation

Earn

$31K annually
$10.25 - $22.00 hourly

Work

  • 20-40
  • hours per week
    weekdays and weekends

A day in the life of a trade apprentice

An Artisan's Story

Shanna Shirey, 20

Baker

Terrace, BC

How to get started

ITA Youth Trade Programs let you get started in a trade while you’re still in high school. That means you could be working in your field, learning from experts and earning a paycheque — all before you graduate.