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Cooks and Chefs

Employment Prospects


Cooks and chefs are needed by restaurants of all types and sizes; schools, hospitals, and other institutions; hotels, cruise lines, airlines, and other industries; and catering and bakery businesses. About 57 percent of the more than 2.3 million chefs and head cooks employed in the United States work at restaurants and other dining establishments. Others are employed by institutions/cafeterias, such as schools, universities, hospitals, and nursing homes; grocery stores; hotels; gas stations; and catering businesses.

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