Food preparation assistants prepare and cook a small variety of pre-cooked food or beverages, clear tables, clean kitchen areas and wash dishes. For people to competently undertake the tasks required in this occupation, they usually need to have completed primary education or the first stage of basic education. A short period of on-the-job training may be required for some jobs. The tasks food preparation assistants undertake includes: preparing simple or pre-prepared foods and beverages such as sandwiches, pizzas, fish and chips, salads and coffee; washing, cutting, measuring and mixing foods for cooking; operating cooking equipment such as grills, microwaves and deep-fat fryers; cleaning kitchens, food preparation areas and service areas; cleaning cooking and general utensils used in kitchens and restaurants. Examples of the types of job found in this occupation include: kitchen porter, short-order cook, dishwasher, etc.
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