Kitchen Food Assembler

Prepare meal trays in commissary kitchen.
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Salary Range
$16,000 – $28,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Kitchen Food Assemblers do?

Prepares meal trays in commissary kitchen for inflight service of airlines, multiunit restaurant chains, industrial caterers, or educational, and similar institutions, performing any combination of following duties: Reads charts to determine amount and kind of foods and supplies to be packaged. Fills individual serving cartons with portions of various foods and condiments, such as cream, jams, and sauces, by hand or using automatic filling machine. Portions and garnishes hot cooked foods, such as meat and vegetables, into individual serving dishes. Stores dishes of hot food on shelves of portable electric warming cabinet or food cart for stowing aboard airplane or transfer to restaurant or cafeteria dining unit. Removes pans of portioned salads, desserts, rolls, cream, and other cold food items from refrigerator or pantry, and places at appropriate stations of tray assembly counter to facilitate loading meal trays. Places food items, silverware, and dishes in depression of compartmented food tray passing on conveyor belt. Examines filled tray for completeness and appearance, and stores completed trays in refrigerated storage cabinets to be transported to airplane, dining room, or cafeteria. May be designated according to type of food assembled as Appetizer Packer; Casserole Preparer; Cold-Food Packer; Hot-Food Packer.

Should I be a Kitchen Food Assembler?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.

  • Also known as: Diet Kitchen Worker, Food Assembler, Commissary Kitchen, Food Assembler, Kitchen, Food Tray Assembler See More

    How to become a Kitchen Food Assembler

    Most Kitchen Food Assemblers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:a9faaf&chl=|no+college+%2884%25%29|certificate+%287%25%29|associate%27s+%281%25%29||doctorate+%287%25%29&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,0,84
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