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Cooks, Fast Food - 35-2011.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Prepare and cook food in a fast food restaurant with a limited menu. Duties of these cooks are limited to preparation of a few basic items and normally involve operating large-volume single-purpose cooking equipment.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Cook
  • Deep Fat Fryer Operator
  • Fast Food Cook
  • Fry Cook
  • Fryer
  • Grill Cook
  • Line Cook
  • Pizza Cook
  • Pizza Maker
  • Prep Cook (Preparatory Cook)

SOC Occupation Groups

Related Occupations


  • Clean food preparation areas, cooking surfaces, and utensils.
  • Clean, stock, and restock workstations and display cases.
  • Cook and package batches of food, such as hamburgers or fried chicken, prepared to order or kept warm until sold.
  • Cook the exact number of items ordered by each customer, working on several different orders simultaneously.
  • Maintain sanitation, health, and safety standards in work areas.
  • Measure ingredients required for specific food items.
  • Mix ingredients, such as pancake or waffle batters.
  • Operate large-volume cooking equipment, such as grills, deep-fat fryers, or griddles.
  • Order and take delivery of supplies.
  • Pre-cook items, such as bacon, to prepare them for later use.
  • Prepare and serve beverages, such as coffee or fountain drinks.
  • Prepare dough, following recipe.
  • Prepare specialty foods, such as pizzas, fish and chips, sandwiches, or tacos, following specific methods that usually require short preparation time.
  • Read food order slips or receive verbal instructions as to food required by patron, and prepare and cook food according to instructions.
  • Schedule activities and equipment use with managers, using information about daily menus to help coordinate cooking times.
  • Serve orders to customers at windows, counters, or tables.
  • Take food and drink orders and receive payment from customers.
  • Verify that prepared food meets requirements for quality and quantity.
  • Wash, cut, and prepare foods designated for cooking.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Check quality of foods or supplies.
  • Clean food preparation areas, facilities, or equipment.
  • Cook foods.
  • Coordinate timing of food production activities.
  • Measure ingredients.
  • Mix ingredients.
  • Order materials, supplies, or equipment.
  • Prepare breads or doughs.
  • Prepare foods for cooking or serving.
  • Prepare hot or cold beverages.
  • Process customer bills or payments.
  • Serve food or beverages.
  • Stock serving stations or dining areas with food or supplies.
  • Take customer orders.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Culinary Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Culinary Specialist (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • Culinary Specialist (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Culinary Specialist (Submarine) (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Food Service Specialist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Leading Culinary Specialist (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Submarine Culinary Specialist (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Submarine Leading Culinary Specialist (Navy - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • Baker, Pizza (Hotel & Restaurant)

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Baker, Pizza
  • Cook, Fast Food
  • Cook, Specialty