63200 – Cooks



63200 – Cooks
Cooks prepare and cook a wide variety of foods. They are employed in restaurants, hotels, hospitals and other health care institutions, central food commissaries, educational institutions and other establishments. They are also employed aboard ships and at construction and logging campsites. Apprentices are also included in this unit group.

Index of titles
Apprentice cook
Assistant cook
Banquet cook
Breakfast cook
Broiler cook
Cafeteria cook
Camp cook
Caterer cook
Construction camp cook
Cook - Canadian armed forces
Diet kitchen cook
Dietary cook
Domestic cook
Ethnic food cook
First cook
Fishing and merchant vessel cook
Grill cook
Hospital cook
Institutional cook
Journeyman/woman cook
Kosher foods cook
Licensed cook
Line cook
Logging camp cook
Mess cook
Pastry cook
Pizza cook
Railway cook
Restaurant cook
Second cook
Ship's cook
Short order cook
Small establishment cook
Special diet cook
Special order cook - hospital
Therapeutic diet cook
Third cook


Main duties
This group performs some or all of the following duties:
Prepare and cook complete meals or individual dishes and foods
Prepare and cook special meals for patients as instructed by dietitian or chef
Schedule and supervise kitchen helpers
Oversee kitchen operations
Maintain inventory and records of food, supplies and equipment
May set up and oversee buffets
May clean kitchen and work area
May plan menus, determine size of food portions, estimate food requirements and costs, and monitor and order supplies
May hire and train kitchen staff.


Employment requirements
Completion of secondary school is usually required.
Completion of a three-year apprenticeship program for cooks or completion of college or other program in cooking or food safety or several years of commercial cooking experience may be required.
Trade certification is available, but voluntary, in all provinces and territories.
Red Seal endorsement is also available to qualified cooks upon successful completion of the interprovincial Red Seal examination.

Additional information
Progression to supervisory or more senior positions, such as chef, is possible with experience and training.
The Red Seal endorsement allows for interprovincial mobility.
There is mobility among the various types of cooks in this group.


Chefs (62200)
Food counter attendants, kitchen helpers and related support occupations (65201)