Serves as a lead cook guiding and assisting in the training of less experienced cooks. Under minimal supervision, independently performs advanced cooking duties in preparing food items to be served to customers. Follows complex recipes and/or product directions for preparing, seasoning, cooking, tasting, carving and serving soups, meats, vegetables, desserts and other foodstuffs for consumption. Prepares foods by operating a variety of kitchen equipment to measure and mix ingredients, washing, peeling, cutting and shredding fruits and vegetables, and trimming and cutting meat, poultry or fish for culinary use. Tastes products, reads menus, estimates food requirements, check production, and keep records in order to accurately plan production requirements and requisition supplies and equipment.
Review menus and production sheets to determine type and quantities of meats, vegetables, sauces, soups, casseroles, breakfast foods and desserts to be prepared. Plan cooking schedule to ensure foods will be ready at specified times. Prepare food items for cooking by washing, trimming and seasoning. Prepare pre-preparation items according to production. Selects recipes per menu cycle, prepares bakery items, receives inventory, moves and lifts foodstuffs and supplies and prepares meals for customers requiring special diets.
·Production & Temperature records
Complete production records for quantifies prepared and record waste. Conserve and properly use leftovers and leftover raw materials. Handle food in a sanitary manner; maintain food at temperatures above 140 or below 40 degrees. Complete temperature logs according to established times on a regular basis.
·Safety and Cleanliness
Assume responsibility for proper methods of safety and cleanliness. Clean and sanitize work stations and equipment and must follow all company regulatory rules and procedures. Maintain specified procedures of cleanliness, personal hygiene and storage to ensure safe food production in accordance to Department of Health standards. Attend required monthly in-services. Comply with Infection Control policies and procedures.
Provides the highest quality of service to customers at all times to fellow employees, customers, managers and visitors. Follow CARES standards at all times. Performs other duties as assigned.
·Physical Stamina - High
Excellent physical stamina sufficient to perform frequent bending, heavy lifting (up to 50 - 80 lbs.), extensive standing and/or walking.
Applies advanced cooking skills. Adapts procedures, processes, tools, equipment and techniques to meet the more complex requirements of the position. Substantial working knowledge of food preparation. Requires complete knowledge of all kitchen equipment.
Manual dexterity sufficient to use kitchen utensils. Capable of understanding and following written and verbal instructions. Must be able to lift at least 50 lbs.
Effective verbal, written and/or interpersonal communication skills
Understanding and showing respect and appreciation for the uniqueness of all individuals; leveraging differences in others' perspectives and ideas; appreciating cultural differences and adjusting one's approach to successfully integrate with others who are different from oneself
Ability to respond to basic customer requests with patience and enthusiasm; understands the needs of customers and escalates issues when appropriate
Ability to follow complex written and verbal instructions