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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. Cooks are also employed aboard ships and at construction and logging campsites. Apprentice cooks are included in this unit group.
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.
- 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
Cooks may specialize in preparing and cooking ethnic cuisine or special dishes.
Outlook & Prospects for Cooks in Centre-du-Québec Region
The future forecast and current conditions for an occupation can vary based on location or due to changes in the economy, technology, or demand for a product or service.
Local Employment Potential Information
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For the 2012-2014 period, job opportunities in the Centre-du-Québec region are expected to be fair for this occupation.
In Centre-du-Québec, the approximately 1,400 jobs in this occupation are mainly found in the accommodation and food services sector; the health care and social assistance sector also hires cooks, but in smaller numbers.
Despite its more developed tourism offerings and better coordination between various regional stakeholders, the accommodation and food services industry will not see significant employment growth.
In Centre-du-Québec, a pool of available workers has been created to fill openings, which will result mainly from replacement needs and job growth. In addition, the frequent opening and closing of restaurant businesses also contributes to turnover in this occupation. The unemployment rate is high in this occupation.
Young people under the age of 25 hold a large portion of the jobs (29%), compared to 16% for all occupations in the region. Women are well represented, accounting for 65% of jobs.
Working conditions vary according to the type of food service or establishment. Work schedules vary according to position (day, evening, night, weekend). Jobs are for the most part full-time, but many part-time and temporary positions are also available.
Local Labour Market News
Week of May 06 – May 10, 2013
- Énergie Cardio relocates in Drummondville by investing $500,000 and creates 4 new jobs (available in French only)
Week of Apr 29 – May 03, 2013
- Rotisserie restaurant St-Hubert in Victoriaville has invested $2.3M to expand and could thus create nearly a dozen jobs (available in French only)
Week of Apr 08 – Apr 12, 2013
- The Théâtre Parminou of Victoriaville invests more than $2M to renovate its facilities and modernize its equipment (available in French only)
- The centre d'hébergement du Roseau in Victoriaville invests $4.8M to expand and focus its food production in a single kitchen (available in French only)
Week of Mar 18 – Mar 22, 2013
- By January 2014, an 18-transitional apartment building will be built in Drummondville with $3M. L'Envolée des mères project is geared specifically towards young, single mothers and their children. (available in French only)
- The daycare centre "Sur une patte" of Drummondville has obtained the authorization to create 62 new spots, with 18 of them reserved to the new resource L'Envolée des mères (available in French only)
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