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Cook - Full time (630A-2P)
Title:Cook - Full time (630A-2P)
Department:HC Dietary Briarcliff

Reports to: Kitchen Manager.


Position Status: Full-time or part-time.


Hours of Operation: The hours will be set by the Kitchen Manager.


Job Summary: The Cook’s primary function is to prepare, season, and cook food.  In addition, this position may order supplies as well as keep records and accounts of food items.


Essential Functions / Duties:

  • Inspect and clean food preparation areas, such as equipment and work surfaces, or serving areas to ensure safe and sanitary food-handling practices.
  • Ensure food is stored and cooked at correct temperature by regulating temperature of ovens, broilers, grills, and roasters.
  • Ensure freshness of food and ingredients by checking for quality, keeping track of old and new items, and rotating stock. Responsible for avoiding food waste.
  • Weigh, measure, and mix ingredients according to recipes or other instructions, using various kitchen utensils and equipment.
  • Wash, peel, and/or cut various foods, such as meats, vegetables, fruits, fish, etc.
  • Observe and test foods to determine if they have been cooked sufficiently, using methods such as tasting, smelling or piercing them with utensils.  Be sure to cook foods according to menus, special dietary or nutritional restrictions or based on number of portions to be served.
  • Portion, arrange, garnish food, and serve to waiters or patrons; ability to understand and prepare all therapeutic and mechanically altered diets.
  • Meet meal schedules for residents, staff, and guests.
  • Assist the dishwasher in clearing tables and washing dishes, when necessary.
  • Must be able to work any shift as directed by the Kitchen Manager.
  • Comply with federal, state, and company policies, procedures, and regulations.
  • Perform other related duties as directed by the Kitchen Manager.
  • Please refer to the Physical and Other Requirements section for abilities that are essential as they relate to the ability to do duties listed above.


Education and Experiences: Prior experience in a similar working environment is preferred, but not a requirement of the position. Must be at least 16 years of age if working in a full-time position and free of all communicable diseases.


Abilities: The successful candidate will have a poised, professional demeanor, and a positive attitude. They will be resourceful and have the ability to take the initiative in a changing workplace and adapt to varying requirements and needs. Specific abilities include:

  • Ability to perform simple arithmetic and units of measurement conversions used in food.
  • Ability to understand and prepare therapeutic diets.
  • Ability to perform cleaning and waste disposal procedures in accordance with facility policy.
  • Ability to assist in the proper care and use of kitchen equipment.
  • Ability to understand and observe infection control proce­dures related to the Dietary Department.
  • Ability to understand and recognize potential physical, chemical, and electrical hazards and take immediate corrective action as appropriate.
  • Ability to understand and enforce the Exposure Control Plan as this position risks occupational exposure to blood borne patho­gens and other infectious material as an essential function of the job.
  • Ability to safeguard the privacy of Residents’ health information.
  • Ability to speak and read English, and follow oral and written directions, menus, or recipes.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the public, residents, and staff.
  • Ability to perform other related duties as directed by administration.
  • Must attend staff meetings, in-service classes, and committee meetings as assigned or required.


Physical and Other Requirements: Primarily this position operates in a kitchen and dining environment.  In addition, this position interacts with residents, family members, staff, etc., under all conditions and circumstances and must be constantly alert for resident safety. This position is also subject to exposure to infectious diseases, conditions, etc., including the Hepatitis B viruses.


This position requires the following abilities as essential to for the position:

  • Ability to stand, stoop, crouch, kneel, balance, finger, grasp, push, pull, reach, or walk.
  • Ability to lift objects from a lower to higher posi­tion or moving objects along a horizontal level but from position to position. This includes lifting and carrying weights in the 35 to 50 pound range.
  • Ability to exert force upon an object in order to draw, drag or tug objects toward the source of the force in a sustained motion.

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