What Does a Cruise Ship Cook Do?

By Alice Nichols

Cruise ship cooks are responsible for preparing and cooking delicious meals for a variety of passengers. A cook onboard a cruise ship is in charge of preparing meals for hundreds of people, from different countries and cultures, each day.

Cruise ship cooks must be able to work efficiently in a fast-paced environment, often under tight deadlines. They must possess excellent culinary skills, as well as strong organizational and teamwork abilities.

Cruise ship cooks work in the galley (kitchen). A typical day starts with receiving orders from the chef de cuisine and then begins the preparation process. Cooks must read menus and recipes, measure ingredients correctly, prepare food items according to recipes, cook food to the right temperature and consistency, monitor food safety at all times, and package dishes for presentation.

The job requires great attention to detail as cruise ship cooks are responsible for creating meals that not only taste good but also look attractive. To do this they must have knowledge of international cuisines and be able to combine flavors in interesting ways. They must also have experience with different cooking techniques such as baking, broiling, steaming and grilling.

In addition to cooking duties, cruise ship cooks may be responsible for ordering supplies and maintaining a clean kitchen environment. They may also supervise junior kitchen staff such as dishwashers or prep cooks. This position also involves working long hours including weekends and holidays.

A cruise ship cook is an important part of any cruise line’s team. They are responsible for creating delicious meals that appeal to passengers from all over the world while adhering to strict deadlines. In order to perform this job successfully they need extensive culinary knowledge as well as organizational and teamwork abilities along with experience in various cooking techniques.