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COOKS, RESTAURANT
 
Occupation Description:
 
  Prepare, season, and cook dishes such as soups, meats, vegetables, or desserts in restaurants. May order supplies, keep records and accounts, price items on menu, or plan menu.
 
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Typical Tasks:
 
 
  • Turn or stir foods to ensure even cooking.
  • Season and cook food according to recipes or personal judgment and experience.
  • Observe and test foods to determine if they have been cooked sufficiently, using methods such as tasting, smelling, or piercing them with utensils.
  • Weigh, measure, and mix ingredients according to recipes or personal judgment, using various kitchen utensils and equipment.
  • Portion, arrange, and garnish food, and serve food to waiters or patrons.
  • Substitute for or assist other cooks during emergencies or rush periods.
  • Bake, roast, broil, and steam meats, fish, vegetables, and other foods.
 
Skills:
 
 
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action..
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions..
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times..
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems..
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively..
  • Quality Control Analysis - Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance..
  • Judgment and Decision Making - Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one..
 
Knowledge:
 
 
  • Food Production - Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques..
  • Production and Processing - Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods..
  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar..
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction..
  • Public Safety and Security - Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions..
  • Administration and Management - Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources..
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications..
 
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Education & Training:
 
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Wage Information:
 
 
Region Average Annual Average Hourly Entry Level (hourly) Mid-Range  (hourly)
Statewide $30,941.00 $14.87 $11.21 $11.70 - $16.87
Bridgeport/Stamford $35,292.00 $16.96 $12.14 $12.87 - $19.10
Danbury $32,309.00 $15.53 $12.13 $12.65 - $17.71
Hartford $28,421.00 $13.66 $10.94 $11.21 - $15.29
New Haven $29,758.00 $14.31 $11.25 $11.39 - $16.07
New London/Norwich $31,568.00 $15.18 $11.77 $12.35 - $17.21
Waterbury $28,472.00 $13.69 $10.83 $10.97 - $15.22
Torrington $29,820.00 $14.34 $11.27 $11.55 - $15.90
      
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Occupation Outlook:
 
 
Region Employment Average Annual Growth Rate Average Annual Job Openings
2016 2026
State of Connecticut 13,900 15,390 1% 2,180
 
 
Chart of Growth Rate and Annual Openings   Employment in this occupation is expected to grow faster than average, and the number of annual openings will offer excellent job opportunities.
Key:
  N/A = Not Applicable, ***** = Over $60.00 per hour, ##### = Over $124,821
 
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