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Cook Resume Samples

Cooks are tasked with more than just food preparation. On a daily basis, they must engage in interactions with customers, providing good service, while also leading a team of professionals in their kitchen. Cooks work in an extremely varied professional environment as they are needed in a variety of environment including in private homes, restaurants of various sizes and styles, private homes, as well as proving to be invaluable assets to event planners.
A cook’s resume should include more than just their experience as a worker in the restaurant business or educational background. It is important for a cook resume to show potential employers other qualities outside of their qualifications to prepare food. This includes time management skills, ability to work as a part of a team, and customer service skills. This article contains two downloadable cook resumes that will give examples for what employers look for in successful applicants.


Cook Resume Sample 1


James Smith
579 Main Street, Columbia, South Carolina 29225
jamessmith@email.com
803-145-9080

A. Summary
I am an organized, qualified, and creative culinary professional looking for fulfilling work as a cook in a restaurant. I have extensive experience with menu creation, customer interaction, and leadership experience within the kitchen. I am looking for a restaurant that is just developing its niche and will benefit from added guidance in creative yet nutrition food options that will satisfy the general public. I am looking for a position that will provide me with experience as a part of a large, upscale kitchen team so that I may simultaneously develop my cooking skills as well as the reputation of the restaurant.

B. Working Experience

Cook, May 2012 – June 2014 – Atlantic Grill, Columbia, SC

Responsibilities:

  • Evaluate fresh and raw ingredients before cooking;
  • Prepare ingredients for cooking;
  • Operate grills and stoves for cooking, test foods to ensure they were cooked adequately;

Achievements:

  • Increased team productivity by 20%;
  • Employee of the Month for 3 consecutive months from March 2014 to May 2014;
  • Fulfilled quality and health goals;

Head Cook, June 2014 – Present – Giovanni’s of Columbia, Columbia, SC

Responsibilities:

  • Personnel management;
  • Menu creation;
  • Led customer relations for the restaurant;

Achievements:

  • Reduced kitchen accidents by 60%;
  • Increased customer satisfaction with the restaurant;
  • Increased kitchen efficiency by fostering teamwork in the kitchen.

C. Education and Academic Training

Johnson and Wales University – Charlotte, North Carolina – 2012
BS in Culinary Arts and Food Service Management
Graduated Suma Cum Laude
Completed a one year study abroad experience in Italy and France

D. Job Related Skills

  • Kitchen Management;
  • Food Systems and Nutrition;
  • Hands on experience with food presentation including food arrangement;
  • Highly skilled in food preparation including preparing, seasoning, cooking, and serving;
  • Solid leadership history with food prep chefs;

E. General Skills

  • Excellent customer service and communication skills;
  • Eager to receive constructive criticism from customers as well as other chefs;
  • Extremely focused on hygiene and avoiding cross-contamination;
  • Creative;
  • Detail-oriented;
  • Friendly with co-workers as well as customers;

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Cook Resume Sample 2


Emily Northwood
570 Lincoln Street Apt 109, Greenville, South Carolina 29601
enorthwood@email.com
803-256-1164

A. Summary
I am a highly trained specialty cook looking to build upon my education and work experience to lead a kitchen in the area of my specialty: Asian cooking. I have experience in cooking food from various Asian cultures including Thailand, Japan, Korea, China, and Vietnam. I focus on creating quality dishes for customers to satisfy their desire for great Asian cooking. I work well as a member of teams although I am proficient in creating dishes from start to finish. I have extensive experience with selecting quality fresh and raw ingredients from local fish and farmers markets.

B. Working Experience

Cook’s Helper, June 2015 – November 2016 – Asian Market – Charlotte, North Carolina

Responsibilities:

  • Assist in food preparation;
  • Purchase fresh and raw ingredients from local fish and farmers markets;
  • Clean up after food preparation;

Achievements:

  • Increased customer reviews for freshness of restaurant;
  • Introduced Korean food onto the menu;
  • Employee of the Year;

Cook, November 2016 – Present – Asian Fusion – Greenville, South Carolina

Responsibilities:

  • Develop skills in creating menu items that combined foods from various Asian cultures;
  • Create suburb menu items individually, assist with customer relations and team management;

Achievements:

  • Helped restaurant be featured on the Food Network;
  • Promoted to lead team manager, increased customer relations;

C. Education and Academic Training
Culinary Institute of America at Greystone – St. Helena, California – 2015
Associate Degree in Culinary Arts
Dean’s List 2012-2015
Graduated with Honors

D. Job Related Skills

  • Experience with cooking food from Thailand, Japan, China, Korea, and Vietnam;
  • Experience with selecting fresh and raw ingredients;
  • Able to use all cooking tools necessary including grills, specialty knives, and
    fryers;
  • Able to take customer feedback and understand the needs of each customer
    individually;

E. General Skills

  • Bilingual: Japanese and English;
  • Solid work ethic;
  • Ability to work independently if needed;
  • Great communication and teamwork;
  • Able to create new menu items if needed;

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Conclusion

A good cook resume includes a variety of information that will make employers see your experience and expertise as a cook while also realize they will be hiring a competent human being with qualities that will lead to greater team chemistry and workplace enjoyment. Resumes should focus on highlighting achievements and responsibilities in your relevant work experience: do not include work experience that has no bearing on your future as a cook.

Include general skills on your cook resume that will show your ability to function as a team member while highlighting specific skills that apply directly to the specific position you are searching for at the restaurant. For more inspiration, you can also take a look at our chef resume samples. Always include your name and contact information so the employer can reach out to your for an interview or to extend you an offer. As always, if you have any experience writing cook resumes, please share your stories with us.

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