Prepared meals


The industry of prepared meals and dishes, the manufacuring processes, the technology required for manufacturing, and the market that it targets.

Alternative labels

previously prepared meals
ready dishes
meals that are prepared
provided dishes
meals already prepared
laid out dishes
arranged dishes

Skill type


Skill reusability level


Relationships with occupations

Essential knowledge

Prepared meals is an essential knowledge of the following occupations:

Prepared meals nutritionist: Prepared meals nutritionists value ingredients, manufacturing processes, and foodstuffs in order to assure nutritional quality and suitability of prepared meals and dishes. They study nutritional value of foodstuffs and dishes and advise on the composition of different meals or dishes for human feed (allergenic items, macro and micronutrients, …)

Optional knowledge

Prepared meals is optional for these occupations. This means knowing this knowledge may be an asset for career advancement if you are in one of these occupations.

Chilling operator: Chilling operators perform various processes and tend specific machines for manufacturing prepared meals and dishes. They apply chilling, sealing, and freezing methods to foodstuffs for non-immediate consumption.
Cook: cooks are culinary operatives who are able to prepare and present food, normally in domestic and institutional environments.
Diet cook: Diet cooks prepare and present meals according to special dietary or nutrition needs.




  1. Prepared meals – ESCO


Last updated on September 20, 2022

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