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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 Prince Edward Island
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
|Location||Employment Potential||Release Date|
|Prince Edward Island||2012-02-23|
Employment prospects for cooks are expected to be good in 2012-2013.
There continues to be a number of advertised job openings due to a shortage of qualified and specialized cooks on PEI. Opportunities result from turnover as this can be a high stress occupation with relatively low pay. Some opportunities are seasonal as some businesses only operate for the busy tourist season. Some year round restaurants may add extra staff in the summer to handle the increase in business. Some employers hire individuals with no specific training in hopes that on-the-job training will provide the basic skills for the job.
Local Labour Market News
Week of May 06 – May 10, 2013
- A pilot project in Charlottetown that allows a nurse practitioner to care for patients on the waiting list for family doctors will be expanded to Eastern PEI by the end of the year
Week of Apr 22 – Apr 26, 2013
- Stanhope beach resort was destroyed by fire. The resort owners are assisting the approximately 100 employees to find other employment with their other properties or within the tourism sector on PEI.
- A new Tim Horton's in Souris will employ 30 full-time and part-time staff
Week of Apr 15 – Apr 19, 2013
- The Mount Saint Mary's building in Charlottetown was sold to the JTM Group who will begin rennovations to turn it into a home for seniors living independently or requiring community or nursing care. The facility will be open later this year.
- 75 cruise ships are scheduled to visit Charlottetown Harbour this summer, this compares to 51 ships in 2012. The cruises visit Charlottetown from May to October and contribute approximately $13.4M to the PEI economy annually.
- The Grand Slam of Curling will be hosted in Summerside in 2014. The event was last held on Summerside in 2012 and generated $1.8M in revenue for the city.
Week of Apr 01 – Apr 05, 2013
- A new community care home that will open in May in Clyde River is looking for licensed practical nurses, cooks, resident care workers, and light duty cleaners
- There are almost three times as many convention bookings in Charlottetown in 2014 as there are in 2013. The increase in bookings is due in large part to the new convention centre and the 2014 sesquicentennial celebrations.
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