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Fast Food Prep Cook Job Description

The Prep Cook ensures the highest quality food is prepared per the exact recipe specifications at all times. The Prep Cook is responsible for completing all items on the daily preparation list as well as cleaning, sanitizing, and maintaining equipment, utensils and tools.

Requirements and Working Conditions:
• Ability to work positively in a fast-paced environment.
• Ability to work effectively within a team.
• Must be able to work quickly in a confined area and stand for extended periods of time.
• Strong attention to detail.
• Knowledge of weights, measurements, volume and cooking procedures.
• Ability to lift up to 50 lbs. as needed.
• Ability to work in elevated temperatures.
• Continuous use of hands and arms.
• Continuous bending, reaching and twisting.

Fast Food History

Fast food is the term given to food that can be prepared and served very quickly. While any meal with low preparation time can be considered to be fast food, typically the term refers to food sold in a restaurant  or store with preheated or precooked ingredients, and served to the customer in a packaged form for take-out. The term "fast food" was recognized in a dictionary by  Merriam-Webster in 1951.

As autos became popular and more affordable following the First World War, drive-in restaurants were introduced. The American company White Castle , founded by Billy Ingram and Walter Anderson in 1921, is generally credited with opening the second fast food outlet and first hamburger chain, selling hamburgers for five cents each. Walter Anderson had built the first White Castle restaurant in Wichita Kansas in 1916, introducing the limited menu, high volume, low cost, high speed hamburger restaurant. Among its innovations, the company allowed customers to see the food being prepared. White Castle was successful from its inception and spawned numerous competitors.

Franchising was introduced in 1921 by A&W Root Beer, which franchised its distinctive syrup. Howard Johnson's first franchised the restaurant concept in the mid-1930s, formally standardizing menus, signs and advertising.

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The United States has the largest fast food industry in the world, and American fast food restaurants are located in over 100 countries. Approximately 2 million U.S. workers are employed in the areas of food preparation and food servicing including fast food in the USA.
 
 


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