A cook is a professional who specializes in preparing and cooking food in a variety of settings, such as restaurants, hotels, cafes, and other food service establishments. Cooks are responsible for creating menu items, preparing ingredients, and cooking dishes to order.

The role of a cook includes planning menus, selecting ingredients, measuring and combining ingredients according to recipes, using various cooking techniques, and ensuring that food is prepared to a high standard of quality and safety. Cooks must also maintain a clean and organized work environment, follow food safety guidelines, and work collaboratively with other kitchen staff, such as sous chefs, line cooks, and dishwashers.

Cooks need to have strong culinary skills, knowledge of food safety and sanitation procedures, and the ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment.