Job opening: Kids Kitchen lead cook

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JOB TITLE: Lead Cook, non-exempt
REPORTS TO: Executive Chef
SALARY RANGE: $18.00-$25.00/Hour


JOB SUMMARY: Assist the Executive Chef with a variety of tasks required to produce a creative, healthy meal program for children and youth from early childhood through high school.

• Assist Chef with guiding team and explaining daily tasks
• Assist Chef with making daily ordering list
• Assist with receiving orders
• Develop prep sheet for daily food production
• Assist with training of new staff and volunteers; supervise volunteers, when appropriate
• Assist with coaching and counseling staff
• Follow the executive chef’s prep list to plan your daily work
• Label ingredients and food items; stock pantry and refrigerator shelves in an organized manner
• Properly store food items in designated containers
• Sanitize work areas and equipment, wash dishes, take out trash
• Measure seasonings, condiments, and ingredients for use in cooking
• Portion and wrap food
• Prepare ingredients for cooking
• Wash, peel, and chop fruits and vegetables
• Clean and cut or grind meat, fish, poultry, and shellfish
• Place food in warming trays or refrigerated storage as appropriate
• Carry food items and utensils to food stations
• Use manual and electric equipment for food preparation
• Package take out foods
• Maintain records of quantities of foods and ingredients used
• Update supervisors when stock of food items or supplies are low
• Inform Chef about broken or malfunctioning equipment
• Comply with food safety and sanitation guidelines

• Direct or related experience as a cook; high volume experience preferred
• Availability for early morning shifts is required
• Strong effective organizational and interpersonal communication skills are a must
• Proficient in English
• Adept at performing tasks well in a fast-paced environment
• Able to stand continuously for long periods of time
• NM Food Handlers Permit and Serv Safe Certification required
• Proof of COVID vaccination required
• Ability to pass a NM Early Childhood Education and Care Department background check

Employment Requirements
• Negative Pre-employment Drug Screening
• Must be able to pass a background check
• Provide proof of vaccinations required at Kids Kitchen
• Clean Driving Record – New Mexico Driver’s License

Physical Environment
• Primary work is in a kitchen environment
• Employee can be exposed to extreme hot or cold temperatures
• The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds
• The employee must be able to load and unload items into and out of truck
• The employee is frequently exposed to moving mechanical parts

This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee in this position. Employees will be required to follow any other job related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties requested by any person authorized to give assignments.

This position description excludes the marginal functions of the position that are incidental to the performance of fundamental job duties. All duties and responsibilities are essential job functions and requirements. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an “at will” relationship.