What does a Line Cook do?

A line cook, also known as chef de partie, works in a restaurant and is usually assigned a particular area of production in the kitchen, such as fish, pastry, vegetables, or grilled foods. Typically, a line cook is the only person in his or her department. In large restaurants, however, they may have their own assistants, such as a commis or a demi-chef de partie. Line cooks prepare, cook, and assemble dishes within their assigned area.

Often, a high school diploma is required to become a line cook. Most line cooks learn through on-the-job training. However, some line cooks also have a culinary degree. Line cooks need to be able to take direction and perform their tasks with speed and accuracy. They often work very early or late hours, and on weekends and holidays. Depending on the size and type of the restaurant, line cooks may be able to advance in their career and become a line supervisor, a sous-chef or a head chef.

  • Prepare ingredients then cook and assemble dishes as indicated by recipes
  • Perform portion control and minimize waste to keep cost within forecasted range
  • Ensure that all dishes are prepared in a timely manner by restocking ingredients at work station and meeting prep times to ensure smooth delivery
  • Set up and clean station according to restaurant protocol
  • Maintain a clean work station area, including kitchen equipment, tables, and shelves
  • Comply with applicable sanitary, health, and personal hygiene standards
  • Ensure quality and freshness of ingredients and products
  • Perform additional tasks as assigned by the line supervisor, sous-chef, or executive chef
  • High School Diploma or equivalent required; culinary degree preferred
  • 1-3 years of experience cooking in a restaurant, hotel, or resort
  • Understanding of cooking methods and procedures, and knife handling skills
  • Ability to perform tasks with accuracy, speed, and attention to detail
  • Ability to read and follow cooking directions
  • Ability to remain calm in a fast-paced environment
  • Must be organized and self-motivated
  • Must be able to stand, bend, stretch, and lift, and carry heavy materials
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.1 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.0 ★
Avg. Experience8+ years

Line Cook Salaries

Average Base Pay

$33,422 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$28K
Median: $33K
$40K
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Line Cook Career Path

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L2
Line Cook
$33,422/yr
L3
Line Cook III
$28,706/yr
L4
Lead Line Cook
$36,491/yr
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Tacos 4 LifeTacos 4 Life
Line Cook
Feb. 24, 2021

“This location hardly ever gives raises and doesn't provide you much opportunity to grow in your career.”

Denny'sDenny's
Line Cook/Service Assistant
Sep. 20, 2019

“workers they were nice but that’s all I have to say that’s nice.”

Westin La Paloma Resort & SpaWestin La Paloma Resort & Spa
Line Cook
May 8, 2019

“Holiday events are not great if you don't enjoy getting out the kitchen to serve the guests.”

Buffalo Wild WingsBuffalo Wild Wings
Line Cook
Mar. 3, 2020

“Amazing place to get started in the Kitchen Industry if that is your career path.”

Chili's Grill and BarChili's Grill and Bar
Line Cook
Aug. 6, 2021

“Good starting pay and they give raises pretty quickly which is nice”

McDonald'sMcDonald's
Line Cook
Apr. 22, 2020

“People are really nice and kind”

HyattHyatt
Line Cook
Dec. 5, 2020

“Flexible schedule and close to major transportation”

Cheddar's Scratch KitchenCheddar's Scratch Kitchen
Line Cook
Jul. 14, 2021

“nice and good people to work with”

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