A line cook is usually assigned the task of preparing the food in a specific area or along the line in a restaurant kitchen such as the vegetable prep area or the grill.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities of a Line Cook
- Helps set up the whole kitchen prior to a restaurant’s opening.
- Sets up a station by bringing all containers of necessary food items to that point in the line.
- Cooks a specific portion of each plated meal as assigned by either the head or sous chef.
- Assists with cutting, marinating and precooking foods.
- Keeps pace with other cooks on the line so that all food is ready for each plate at the same time.
- Steps in to help another line cook who is running behind.
- Assembles dishes and provides garnishment.
- Plates food in an attractive manner to maximize customer enjoyment.
- Pitches in, along with the rest of the staff, to maintain sanitary conditions and organization in the kitchen.
- Wraps unused items and stores in proper areas at the end of a shift, and shuts off all equipment at the station.
- Cleans and sanitizes the area with soap and warm water.
- Participates in cleaning the rest of the kitchen before the restaurant closes for the night.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Has knowledge of standard cooking, baking and grilling techniques.
- Possesses excellent communication skills.
- Works cooperatively and efficiently in a team environment.
- Has the ability to perform calmly under pressure.
- Uses critical thinking and reasoning skills to solve problems quickly.
- Manages time effectively.
- Understands and follows written and verbal directions explicitly and asks questions for clarity when necessary.
- Learns new recipes and new procedures rapidly.
- Possesses strong mathematical skills.
- Stays up-to-date on changes in state and county sanitation requirements.
- Manages material resources well and places new orders soon enough to prevent running out of supplies.
- Monitors personal performance and makes improvements where needed.
PHYSICAL DEMANDSMost work tasks are performed indoors. Temperature is moderate and controlled by hotel environmental systems. Must be able to stand and exert well-paced ability for up to 8 hours in length. Must be able to exert well-paced ability to reach other departments of the hotel on a timely basis. Must be able to exert well-paced ability in limited space. Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs. occasionally. Requires grasping, writing, typing, standing, sitting, walking, repetitive motions, bending, climbing, listening and hearing ability and visual acuity. Talking and hearing occur continuously in the process of communicating with guests, supervisors and other employees. Ability to spend extended lengths of time viewing a computer screen. Requires manual dexterity to use and operate all necessary equipment. Must have finger dexterity to be able to operate office equipment such as computers, printers, 10-key adding machine, multi-line touch tone phone, filing cabinets, FAX machines, photocopiers and other office equipment as needed.
Due to the cyclical nature of the hospitality industry, employees may be required to work varying schedules to reflect the business needs of the hotel. In addition, attendance at all scheduled training sessions and meetings is required.
This job summary is not an exclusive or exhaustive list of all job functions that an employee in this position may be asked to perform from time to time.