Buffet cooks generally work at restaurants or hotels that offer fine dining services to their patrons. A buffet cook’ duties are not much different from any other cook – the difference is perhaps the quantity of food that a buffet cook prepares. Buffet cooks prepare large amounts of food every day to cater to a big clientele. It is the job of a buffet cook to anticipate the number of guests that a hotel or restaurant will entertain on any given day and prepare food items accordingly.
Since buffet cooks work in fine dining environments, they need to be familiar with different types of cuisines, specifically ones that the restaurant or hotel is famous for. They may be required to develop menus – a change in menu now and then is required as a means to attract more people to the restaurant. They may also be expected to develop recipes and make changes to existing recipes to ensure that a restaurant is associated with a particular type of taste.
Needless to say, buffet cooks need to maintain the highest standards of personal hygiene. They also need to make sure that the kitchen is kept clean and that food items are used and stored in a proper manner. Additionally, they must maintain knowledge of using sophisticated kitchen equipment and cooking and baking tools.
• Confer with restaurant managers to understand what type of food to make
• Provide suggestions on various meals and popular cuisines
• Assist in the preparation of menus – add or take items off menu
• Determine an entire week or month’s menu in advance, taking special measures not to let it stay conventional each day
• Make spur of the moment changes in menu of the day to inspire patron curiosity
• Develop recipes and follow existing recipes to handle food preparation activities
• Direct kitchen staff to prepare meats, vegetables and fruits for cooking purposes
• Cook different types of dishes (in large quantities) to ensure that the flow of the buffet table is not affected
• Make-certain that extra food is always prepared to cater to last-minute guests or unexpectedly busy hours
• Direct kitchen staff to clean and sanitize counters and floors and to rotate food items in refrigeration
• Check each dish to ensure that it conforms to the recipe and the norms of food preparation within the restaurant
• Determine the amount of meat, fruits, vegetables and spices needed on a daily basis and ensure that they are procured and stored in a timely manner
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