What does a Senior 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.

What responsibilities are common for Senior Line Cook jobs?
  • 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
What are the typical qualifications for Senior Line Cook jobs?
  • 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
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Senior Line Cook Salaries

Average Base Pay

$41,887 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$34K
Median: $42K
$52K
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Senior Line Cook Career Path

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Senior Line Cook
$41,887/yr
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Senior Line Cook

Years of Experience Distribution

0 - 1
22%
2 - 4
44%
5 - 7
6%
8+
28%
Not including years spent in education and/or training

Senior Line Cook Insights

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Village pizzaVillage pizza
Line Cook
Jun 7, 2022

“You get good work experience there the people that work there are also really great.”

Willie's BurgersWillie's Burgers
Line Cook
Sept 28, 2022

“They worked with my schedule and the job was a good start for new workers.”

Keg RestaurantsKeg Restaurants
Line Cook
Dec 21, 2021

“I was working there for 4 and a half years and asked for a raise and a performance review.”

VovinaVovina
Line Cook
Dec 14, 2021

“Chefs took great care to make sure I was comfortable in the kitchen and felt I was good at doing my job.”

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.”

Bin 77's Bistro & Sidebar
Line Cook
Jul 19, 2021

“Working here is great as long as you have a good team to work with!”

Texas RoadhouseTexas Roadhouse
Line Cook
Jan 21, 2023

“Worked with some people who had a bad attitude but that's any job Closing was not fun”

McDonald'sMcDonald's
Line Cook
Dec 14, 2022

“Not so much pay but if you like cooking it a great way to start.”

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