Types of Cooking Jobs


The field of culinary arts is one people with all different levels of experience can enter. The type of cooking job you get, however, is related to your skills and background in cooking. Cooking is a job that requires hard work and dedication, but also allows you to bring smiles to diner’s faces.

Fast-Food Cook

  • If you are interested in a career in cooking, working as a cook at a fast-food restaurant can give you a feel for the fast-paced environment chefs often work in. As a fast-food cook, you will learn how to be organized, gain the ability to act quickly when a customer places an order and learn to work with others on your team. In addition, you will gain experience using a deep-fat fryer, industrial microwaves, large grills and beverage machines, and with making food “to order.”

Short-Order Cook

  • Short-order cooks are known for their ability to make great food fast. These cooks usually work at diners and cafes, and must know how to cook breakfast, lunch and dinner items. The responsibilities of a short-order cook include food preparation, maintaining a clean kitchen, cooking requested menu items according to customer specifications and sometimes serving the food to customers.

Executive Chef

  • The executive chef of a restaurant holds a position of great responsibility. This cooking job includes creating menus, developing new recipes and taking ultimate responsibility for the food that comes out of the kitchen. The executive chef also is responsible for making sure that all of the chefs in the kitchen are working at an adequate speed, menu items complement each other well and an adequate amount of food is available at each meal service.


  • If you want to show off your culinary skills at big events, such as weddings, consider becoming a caterer. This cooking job is one where you are self-employed and run all aspects of the business. As a caterer, you must prepare menus, desserts, appetizers, side dishes, entrees and samples for customers. You may choose to prepare food for large gatherings or prepare healthy heat-and-serve meals for busy families. As a caterer, your success depends on your reliability, the quality and taste of your food, and your ability to be an organized cook.

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