Fast Food Cook Job Description
Fast food cooks cook and prepare food. Most fast food cooks prepare only a few basic items using large-volume cooking equipment.
Responsibilities for fast food cook jobs include:
- Ensuring that health, sanitation and safety standards are met
- Verifying that food meets quality standards
- Operating cooking equipment including fryers, griddles and grills
- Measuring ingredients required for each food item before preparation
- Cleaning and stocking workstations
Work Environment and Schedule
Fast food restaurant kitchens can be hot, chaotic, and noisy. Fast food cooks have to spend their entire shift on their feet, and constantly move from one task to another during busy times. While prepping or cleaning, lifting heavy equipment is sometimes required.
When a restaurant is busy, working as a fast food cook can be very stressful. Managing many different orders at the same time is no easy task. Customers expect their orders to be prepared very quickly, so these cooks work under constant pressure to operate quickly and efficiently. In a long shift, it can be mentally and physically draining to maintain the necessary focus.
There are both full time and part time opportunities available for fast food cooks. Many restaurants offer multiple shifts, and are flexible with scheduling.
Many fast food restaurants are busiest on nights and weekends, so fast food cooks are normally required to be available at those times.
How to Become a Fast Food Cook
No previous experience is required to work as an entry level fast food cook, and there are rarely any educational requirements. Fast food restaurants are always hiring cooks, so getting a job is just a matter of finding a hiring location that’s hiring near you.
Generally, fast food cooks start out by preparing foods like french fries, chicken nuggets, and other fried foods. With experience, they can move into expo or grill cook positions.
There are currently 530,400 fast food cooks in the United States, with 11,300 new fast food cook job openings created each year.
Fast Food Cook jobs are not expected to see much growth beyond their current levels in the next decade.
Fast Food Cook Salaries
Fast Food Cook salaries can vary depending on your experience, the location, company, industry, and benefits provided. Nationwide, most fast food cooks make between $17,100 – $19,400 per year, or $8.24 – $9.35 per hour.