Prep Cook

SUMMARY: The Prep Cook assists the Chef with cooking duties and coordinates services to ensure high quality standards of food production and service in a person-centered environment. Participates in meal preparation and food ordering. May lead food service individuals in food preparation, serving, and clean up. In addition to food preparation duties, the Prep Cook may also be responsible for completing a large number of smaller tasks, including, but not limited to: utilizing a wide range of kitchen appliances and utensils, ensuring that leftover food is stored properly, performing kitchen maintenance tasks such as emptying the trash, washing dishes and putting them away, sweeping and mopping floors, clean appliances and utensils, testing the temperature of food at specified intervals, bus tables, serve meals, etc. The Prep Cook will also serve as the Chef's backup when the Chef is out of the office.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES Other duties may be assigned.
Participates in the routine preparation, cooking, and serving of food on a daily basis or for various catering events.
Ensure safe receiving, storage, preparation, and service of food and create recipes and menu items in accordance with dietary needs, individual preferences, substitution lists, therapeutic diets, and industry trends.
Inspect and cook meals and ensure that standards for appearance, palatability, temperature, and serving times are met while assuring that foods are prepared according to production schedules, menus, and standardized recipes.
Assist in cleaning schedules and maintain equipment to ensure food safety and proper sanitation and safety practices. Maintain the physical appearance of the kitchen in a clean, safe, and organized fashion.
Assist other employees or individuals in service with meal preparation tasks to meet to maintain the operation of the food service unit, as assigned by the Chef or their designee.
Train and/or assist individuals in service with various tasks related to daily food operations and catering assignments.
Pass the Medication Administration test with no more than two attempts and administer medication to clients according to physician orders and using appropriate administration techniques as outlined in the Medication Administration course, if needed.
Must be able to perform Lifting and Transferring techniques as trained and pass performance testing. The employee will occasionally lift and/or push and pull up to 100 lbs. Lifting may require floor to waist, waist to shoulder, or shoulder to overhead movement.
Driving of agency vehicles as necessary for transportation of clients and agency business as assigned.
10. Must, with or without reasonable accommodation,
" Able to regularly sit, walk, stand, climb up and down stairs, physically restrain clients pursuant to training (when necessary) and sit at a computer for long periods of time and repeat the same hand, arm, or finger motion many times (typing, data entry).
" Communicate through speech with individuals in service and public in both quiet and noisy environments.
" Operate a personal computer and related software.
" Tolerate various levels of stress and meet deadlines with severe time constraints.
" Demonstrate specific vision abilities which include close, distance, and depth perception and able to read handwritten or typed material, and able to adjust focus.
" Work and concentrate in both noisy and quiet environments.
" Squat, stoop, kneel, and reach above the head. Forward motion will occasionally be required.
" Work inside the building a majority of the time.
11. Essential Duties include the Physical Demands listed below.
12. Work with outside party planners and internal Event Managers to provide excellent food catering service to include: planning, ordering food items and supplies, cooking, setup, serving, cleanup, bussing tables, etc.
13. Determine how food should be presented, and create decorative food displays.
14. Determine production schedules and staff requirements necessary to ensure timely delivery of services.
15. Instruct cooks and other workers in the preparation, cooking, garnishing, presentation of food. Direct and assist staff with the preparation, setup, serving, cleanup, etc. for events.
16. Work cooperatively with individuals, facility staff, consultants, vendors, community members, etc.
17. Set up stations and collect all necessary supplies to prepare menu for service.
18. Prepare a variety of foods: meat, seafood, poultry, vegetables, and cold food items, etc.
19. Arrange sauces and supplementary garnishes for assigned stations.
20. Cover, date, and correctly store all bits and pieces and food prep items.
21. Notify Chef in advance of likely shortages or upcoming needs.
22. Prepare and serve menu items in compliance with established standards.
23. Use food preparation tools in accordance with manufacturers' instructions.
24. Open and close the kitchen correctly and follow the opening and closing checklists for kitchen stations and operations.
25. Maintain a prepared and sanitary work area at all times
26. Ensure all storage areas are tidy and that all food ingredients, products, supplies, cooking utensils, etc. are appropriately stored.
27. Constantly use safe and hygienic food handling practices.
28. Assist with all duties as assigned by Chef or designee.
29. Maintain certifications for First Aid, CPR, crisis prevention and other courses as required.
30. Respond to medical and other emergencies appropriately. Communicate client health concerns to the agency's nurse or other designated personnel.
31. Maintain strict confidentiality of information learned regarding clients, program issues and staff information.
32. Must possess strong organizational and time management skills.
33. Participate in staff training activities and staff meetings, as outlined in the agency's staff development curriculum.
34. Work flexible schedules or within various environments as agency and supervisor deems necessary. Staff attendance and promptness to assigned shifts is essential. The responsibilities of this position may require staff to be able to work irregular, extended, and/or be available for on-call work hours, nights, weekend, holidays, etc.
35. Advise supervisor of concerns and problems that arise within the agency.
36. Follow agency policies and procedures in carrying out duties.
37. Perform other duties as assigned by supervisory staff, CEO, and/or designee.
The Chef provides the bulk of supervision required. In general, this position requires that the individual work independently approximately 85% of the time.
QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: To perform this job successfully, an employee must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
Minimum: This position requires a high school diploma or GED AND a minimum of three years of demonstrated cooking experience in the food service industry, restaurant, or catering environment. Must be at least 18 years of age. Working knowledge of MS Office software. Persons hired into this position must be licensed drivers and have reliable transportation. If current license is from out-of-state, a valid Colorado Driver's License is required within five days of hire. Background check, drug and alcohol check, reference check, and motor vehicle checks must be passed. Current motor vehicle insurance is required. Driving is an essential job duty.
Preferred: A minimum of one year (30 credit hours) of college level courses at an accredited Junior College, Community College, 4-year College or 4-year University AND three years of demonstrated working experience in the food service industry.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee will regularly sit, walk, and stand. Occasionally, movement that requires twisting at the neck and/or trunk more than the average person, squatting/ stooping/kneeling, reaching above the head, and forward motion will be required. The employee will continuously be required to repeat the same hand, arm, or finger motion many times. Manual and finger dexterity are essential to this position. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close, distance, depth perception and telling differences among colors. The employee must be able to communicate through speech with clients and public. Hearing requirements include conversation in both quiet and noisy environments. The employee will occasionally lift and/or push and pull up to 100 pounds. Lifting may require floor to waist, waist to shoulder, or shoulder to overhead movement. This position demands tolerance for various levels of stress.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to loud. Working conditions normally involves inside environments. Working conditions involve heat, changes in temperature, kitchen elements, odors, moisture, etc. This position requires working irregular or extended work hours, including evenings, weekends, and holidays.
SKILL/ABILITY REQUIREMENTS: To perform this job successfully, an employee must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.
LANGUAGE SKILLS: Able to read and comprehend simple instructions, correspondence, and memos. Able to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, manuals, or governmental regulations. Able to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Able to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of administrators, managers, employees, clients, clients' parents, and/or the general public is required.
MATHEMATICAL SKILLS: Able to apply basic mathematical skills to include concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations. Able to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.
REASONING ABILITY: Able to deal with problems involving a variety of concrete variables in standardized situations. Able to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Able to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form. Able to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
Able to work with others, with system issues, and able to work within designated time frames. Patience in dealing with staff, individuals in service, and customers. Able to develop effective working relationships with customers, staff, individuals in service, and the community. Good communication skills and able to work with others as a team is a must. Able to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing. Able to perform duties in accordance with agency policies and procedures.
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