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Offshore Cook Jobs

For offshore cook jobs, previous offshore experience isn’t mandatory, but having some cooking experience is. The cook reports to the camp boss or chef, and is responsible for preparing good tasting, nutritious food for the entire crew of the offshore drilling rig, along with snacks. The cook will usually have a night cook \ baker and galley hand working him. 

Catering contractors will look at prior cooking experience, and if you don't get on as the day cook, you do have a good shot at coming on as the night cook \ baker, and once you understand rig operations, be in a position to advance to day cook once you have a few hitches under your belt. Shifts are 12 hours, for 2 to 4 weeks in a row, followed in most cases by the same amount of time off. 

Being a cook on an oil rig is an important job; it helps crew morale to have a great meal after a hard 12 hour shift.  Job satisfaction for offshore cooks is high for this reason - you are making people happy, and your work is truly appreciated.  

One is expected to have cooking experience in order to qualify for this position. On some rigs, the Day Cook will also play the role of Steward, Those with insufficient experience will be considered for night cook \ baker positions.


Wages for Offshore Cooks run from 50k to 60k a year with most Catering contractors. 

Getting an Offshore Cook Job

If you are in the U.S., the fastest method of getting hired is usually applying in person at the catering contractors in Houston, TX and Lafayette, LO. 

Most of the mid to large companies have online applications.  You can do this one at a time, or utilize the services of a company such as Rigworker, which will forward your resume to around 1200 energy and drilling companies, after ensuring that your resume meets the format that these companies typically prefer. 

If the prospect of getting hired on as an offshore cook is something that appeals to you, learn how and where to apply for offshore cooking jobs with The Oil and Gas Jobs Resource Kit.

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