Job description Cook near Vancouver (BC)

Find out what work is like for a cook in Canada. This work description is applicable to all Cooks (NOC 63200).



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.

Work week duration

Cooks usually work more than 40 hours per week.
More than 40 hours

Job duties

Here are some of the main activities and tasks that Cooks have to perform, and some of the physical demands they involve:

  • 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.

Physical demands Help - Physical Demands

  • Standing
  • Making repetitive motions
  • Handling material manually
  • Walking and running
  • Bending or twisting the body

Workplaces and employers

Here are the typical workplaces where Cooks are employed and some of their main characteristics:

  • Central food commissaries
  • Restaurants
  • Hotels
  • Hospitals and other health care institutions
  • Education institutions
  • Ships
  • Construction and logging camp sites

Work environment Help - Physical Work Environment

  • Indoors, environmentally controlled
  • Skin injury
  • Standard safety equipment
  • Extreme temperatures
  • Hazardous equipment, machinery, tools
  • Sound and noise
  • Biological agents

Physical proximity from others Help - Physical proximity from others

  • Close (at arm’s length)

Related job titles

Here are some other related job titles that are found in the same occupational category (NOC 63200), and a list of similar occupations:

  • apprentice cook
  • cook
  • dietary cook
  • first cook
  • grill cook
  • hospital cook
  • institutional cook
  • journeyman/woman cook
  • licensed cook
  • line cook
  • second cook
  • short order cook

Similar occupations Help - Similar occupations

Sources Occupational and Skills Information System & National Occupational Classification

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