State of Maryland

COOK II (#001797)

- Hourly / - BiWeekly /
- Monthly / $25,401.00-$39,284.00 Yearly






A Cook II is the full performance level of food preparation work at State hospitals or residential facilities.  Employees in this classification may train, assign and review the work of lower-level employees engaged in food production.

Employees in this classification receive general supervision from a Chef or other designated staff member of the food service program.  Employees may be required to work on weekends and holidays, may be assigned to one of two shifts and may be subject to call-in.  Work performed in the central kitchen may require employees to work in areas of extreme heat or cold temperatures.

Positions in these classifications are evaluated using the classification job evaluation methodology.  The use of this method involves comparing the assigned duties and responsibilities of a position to the job criteria found in the Nature of Work and Examples of Work sections of the class specification.

The Cook I and Cook II are differentiated on the basis of degree of supervisory control exercised by the supervisor over these employees.  The Cook I performs duties under close supervision at times and under general supervision at other times depending on the complexity of the specific duty being performed while the Cook II performs the full range of duties and responsibilities under general supervision.


Prepares food items such as vegetables, salads, meats and beverages by baking, frying, broiling, steaming and mixing in accordance with recipes and dietetic guidelines;

Applies food service principles and methods related to food handling, proper food storage and temperature control;

Operates kitchen equipment and appliances, such as mixers, cookers, ovens, stoves, toasters, coffee urns, microwaves and related equipment;

Cleans and maintains utensils and work area in accordance with applicable safety and sanitary standards;

Protects equipment, utensils, food and other items from contamination, spoilage and pilferage;

Keeps records of supplies used and number of persons served;

May train, assign and review the work of Dietary Workers or Food Service Assistants in cooking techniques;

Performs other related duties.


Knowledge of methods of food preparation;

Knowledge of the operation and care of institutional kitchen equipment, appliances and implements;

Knowledge of proper storage, preparation and serving of food;

Knowledge of the cleaning and care of utensils and equipment;

Skill in operating food equipment, appliances and handling kitchen utensils;

Ability to perform arithmetic computations;

Ability to follow menus and recipes;

Ability to measure by weight and by volume;

Ability to follow production schedules and maintain records and reports;

Ability to instruct and supervise workers engaged in food preparation.


Education:   None.

Experience: Three years of experience in food preparation at a public or governmental establishment, such as a restaurant, hospital or comparable institution involving the cooking of meats and vegetables and the preparation of salads and beverages.


1. Candidates may substitute graduation from an accredited vocational/technical high school with a major in food service or a related field for up to two years of the required experience.

2. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience as a non-commissioned officer in Culinary classifications or Food Services specialty codes in the Equipment Services and Facilities field of work on a year-for-year basis for the required experience.




Class specifications are broad descriptions covering groups of positions used by various State departments and agencies. Position descriptions maintained by the using department or agency specifically address the essential job functions of each position.

This is a Skilled Service classification in the State Personnel Management System.  All positions in this classification are Skilled Service positions.  Some positions in Skilled Service classifications may be designated Special Appointment in accordance with the State Personnel and Pensions Article, Section 6-405, Annotated Code of Maryland.

This classification is assigned to Bargaining Unit A, Labor and Trades classes.  As provided by the State Personnel and Pensions Article, Section 3-102, special appointment, temporary, contractual, supervisory, managerial and confidential employees are excluded from collective bargaining.  Additionally, certain executive branch agencies are exempt from collective bargaining and all positions in those agencies are excluded from collective bargaining.

Employees in this classification are eligible to receive overtime compensation.   An employee who works more than the normal workweek is entitled to be compensated for that overtime, as provided by the State Personnel and Pensions Article, Section 8-305.

This classification is one level in a Non-Competitive Promotion (NCP) series.  NCP promotions are promotions by which employees may advance in grade and class level from trainee to full performance level in a classification series.  In order to be non-competitively promoted to the next level in a NCP series, an employee must: 1) perform the main purpose of the class, as defined by the Nature of Work section of the class specification; 2) receive the type of supervision defined in the class specification and 3) meet the minimum qualifications of the classification. 

Date Revised

June 15, 2018

Approved By

Director, Division of Classification and Salary

CLASS: 001797; EST: ; REV: 6/15/2018;

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