In Help Wanted, who fried the Krabby Patties before SpongeBob came? It was either Squidward or Mr. Krabs. However, Mr. Krabs doesn't have any cooking experience and Squidward is so bad at cooking (as we find out in "Pickels" and "Hooky," etc.), that the Krusty Krab probably would have gone out of business before SpongeBob even thought of applying there. Maybe there was somebody else that was there and then quit or got fired before SpongeBob came? Response: As seen in "The Original Fry Cook" Jim cooked patties before Spongebob. He quit because Mr. Krabs was being too cheap and didn't pay him a lot of money.