What does a Kitchen Helper do?
A Kitchen Helper is responsible for helping Cooks and Waitstaff ensure the kitchen runs as smoothly as possible. This allows customers to get their correct orders on time. Kitchen Helpers contribute by preparing or finishing meals to help cooks focus on creating other dishes. They do this by washing, cutting, peeling, or slicing ingredients and plating completed dishes. Kitchen Helpers work under the supervision of the Kitchen Manager or Restaurant Manager but assist everyone in the restaurant.
Kitchen Helper skills and qualifications
A Kitchen Helper is an entry-level position, but strong candidates should still hold certain skills and qualifications. A successful Kitchen Helper will have the following prerequisite skills and qualifications to perform their duties:
- Able to multi-task efficiently
- Strong communication skills
- Excellent organizational skills
- Knowledge of food safety standards and practices
- Ability to use common kitchen equipment and appliances safely
- Able to work in a fast-paced environment
Kitchen Helper experience requirements
The Kitchen Helper role is an entry-level position, so candidates are not required to have prior experience. This is because every kitchen is different, so many provide on-the-job training. However, if you own a high-end restaurant, you may require candidates to have experience of working in high-end restaurants to show an understanding of the position and their duties. Volunteer experience in a kitchen is a valuable experience to Kitchen Helper candidates to have.
Kitchen Helper education and training requirements
Education and training requirements for Kitchen Helpers will vary depending on your kitchen’s needs. You can require candidates to have a high school diploma or GED, or accept candidates that are still in high school or do not have a diploma.
Ideally, you should require your candidates to have a Food Handler Certificate. The online course and certification give workers the necessary food and safety training to work with and around food safely. Even if you don’t require a Food Handler Certificate, having one can make the candidate more appealing, as they won’t require as much on-the-job training.
Kitchen Helper salary expectations
According to Indeed Salaries, the average salary for a Kitchen Helper in Canada is $34,175 per year. The actual salary earned will vary based on the establishment, experience, and location.
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