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What does a Cook do?

Cooks prepare food in eating establishments like hotels, resteraunts, institutions, trains and ships.

- They study menus to estimate food requirements and obtain the necessary food from storage or purchase it from suppliers.
- They prepare, season and cook food.
- They oversee menu planning, regulate stock control and supervise kitchen staff.

What kind of person makes a good Cook?

Cook might be the job for you if you:

- Have a keen sense of taste and smell
- Are in good health
- Have good math skills
- Can maintain a high standard of cleanliness
- Are creative

How do I become a Cook?

1. Find a company willing to take you as an apprentice
2. Register with AAIT (Alberta Apprenticeship and Industry Training)
3. Apprentice for 3 years, which includes 1560 hours of on the job training and 8 weeks of technical training at school each year.
4. Take the interprovincial Red Seal exam to become a registered Cook.
5. Now you can work almost anywhere in Canada!

Where does a Cook work?

Cooks work in hotels, clubs, resteraunts, catering firms, cafeterias, institutions, homes, food outlets and camps. 83 per cent of Cooks in Alberta are in the Food Services and Accommodation industry.

How much does a Cook make?

On average, Cooks in Alberta make $13.69 an hour. Thatís about $26,500 a year.

Apprentice Cooks earn at least 60% of the journeyman wage in their first year, 75% in the second and 85% in the third.

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