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Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria - 35-2012.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Prepare and cook large quantities of food for institutions, such as schools, hospitals, or cafeterias.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Cafeteria Cook
  • Chef
  • Cook
  • Dietary Cook
  • Dinner Cook
  • Food Service Specialist
  • Food Service Worker
  • Prep Cook (Preparatory Cook)
  • School Cook
  • Sous Chef

SOC Occupation Groups

35-0000 Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations
35-2000 Cooks and Food Preparation Workers
35-2010 Cooks
35-2012.00 Cooks, Institution and Cafeteria

Related Occupations


  • Apportion and serve food to facility residents, employees, or patrons.
  • Bake breads, rolls, or other pastries.
  • Clean and inspect galley equipment, kitchen appliances, and work areas to ensure cleanliness and functional operation.
  • Clean, cut, and cook meat, fish, or poultry.
  • Compile and maintain records of food use and expenditures.
  • Cook foodstuffs according to menus, special dietary or nutritional restrictions, or numbers of portions to be served.
  • Determine meal prices, based on calculations of ingredient prices.
  • Direct activities of one or more workers who assist in preparing and serving meals.
  • Monitor and record food temperatures to ensure food safety.
  • Monitor menus and spending to ensure that meals are prepared economically.
  • Monitor use of government food commodities to ensure that proper procedures are followed.
  • Plan menus that are varied, nutritionally balanced, and appetizing, taking advantage of foods in season and local availability.
  • Requisition food supplies, kitchen equipment, and appliances, based on estimates of future needs.
  • Rotate and store food supplies.
  • Take inventory of supplies and equipment.
  • Train new employees.
  • Wash pots, pans, dishes, utensils, or other cooking equipment.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Clean food preparation areas, facilities, or equipment.
  • Clean tableware.
  • Cook foods.
  • Coordinate activities of food service staff.
  • Cut cooked or raw foods.
  • Determine prices for menu items.
  • Inspect facilities, equipment or supplies to ensure conformance to standards.
  • Maintain food, beverage, or equipment inventories.
  • Monitor food services operations to ensure procedures are followed.
  • Move equipment, supplies or food to required locations.
  • Order materials, supplies, or equipment.
  • Plan menu options.
  • Prepare breads or doughs.
  • Prepare foods for cooking or serving.
  • Record operational or production data.
  • Serve food or beverages.
  • Store supplies or goods in kitchens or storage areas.
  • Train food preparation or food service personnel.

Military Crosswalk Titles

  • Advanced Culinary Techniques and Management (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Basic Food Service Marine (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Conversion NEC CS Culinary Specialist Basic (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Conversion NEC CSS Culinary Specialist (Submarines) (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Culinary Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Culinary Specialist (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • Culinary Specialist (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Culinary Specialist (Submarine) (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Diet Therapy (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Diet Therapy Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Diet Therapy Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Diet Therapy Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Diet Therapy Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Diet Therapy Manager (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Diet Therapy Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Food Service Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Food Service Specialist (Coast Guard - Enlisted)
  • Food Service Specialist (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Food Service Technician (Army - Warrant Officer only)
  • Leading Culinary Specialist (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Marine Aide (Marine Corps - Enlisted)
  • Mess Management Specialist (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Nutrition Care Specialist (Army - Enlisted)
  • Private Mess Operations, Techniques, and Management (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Public Quarters Enlisted Aide Specialist (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Services (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Services Apprentice (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Services Craftsman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Services Helper (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Services Journeyman (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Services Manager (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Services Superintendent (Air Force - Enlisted)
  • Submarine Culinary Specialist (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Submarine Leading Culinary Specialist (Navy - Enlisted)
  • Unit Supply Specialist (Army - Enlisted)

Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

  • COOK (Any Ind) (Alternate Title: Nutrition Care Specialist)

DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Cook
  • Cook, Mess
  • Cook, School Cafeteria
  • Cook, Third
  • Second Cook and Baker