$22.57 to $28.48 per hour
Journeyman certification or equivalent education and experience
Cooks are responsible for preparing food by following established recipes using raw ingredients and various cooking techniques. Cooks are expected to contribute to menu development and refinement. As part of their role, cooks ensure products are prepared according to Alberta Health Services quantity and quality standards.
Cooks assist with food cost tracking, inventory and daily food orders. In addition, they are responsible for the cleanliness of cooking equipment and work areas.
Cooks can be located in rural or urban settings, working in Patient Food Services or in retail environments. Cooks may work full-time or part-time hours. Shift schedules may include a combination of day, evening and weekend shifts. Tasks consist primarily of light-to-medium duties such as cutting and portioning foods; operating kitchen machinery; baking, steaming, or grilling foods; handling trays or carts of food; and mopping and cleaning floors. Occasionally some heavier duties may be required. This can include lifting heavy food product items and maneuvering heavy carts.
For the majority of the day, cooks are standing or walking. They may be exposed to loud noise levels, temperature variations and humidity in the kitchen, fridges and other areas. Cooks may handle sharp or hot items and strong cleaning supplies during their work and so must take care not to harm themselves or others in doing so.