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Cook I ( Food Trucks)

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Work type: Staff Full Time
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Blue Wall Cafe
Union: AFSCME
Categories: Food Service/Hospitality

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

 

Job Summary

Prepares and cooks food on mobile food trucks; leads small teams for the preparation of more complex dishes.  Performs duties required for daily operations of a mobile food truck including driving, training, inspecting food for quality and cash management; performs other related work as required. 

 

Essential Functions

  • Cooks food in quantities following standard recipes and established procedures adjusting recipes as needed to produce required amounts.
  • Reads and uses computer generated standard menus and recipes to prepare meals.
  • Roasts, fries, boils, broils, and seasons meats, fish, poultry, vegetables and other foods required for daily meals.
  • Communicates with Cook II or Assistant Foods Manager on any menu problems.
  • Assists other food service staff with the preparation and cooking of more complex dishes.
  • Measures and mixes ingredients according to recipe, using food truck equipment, kitchen utensils and other equipment to prepare soups, salads, desserts, dressings, gravies, sauces, stews, etc.
  • Ensures the safe and sanitary storage of unused food to prevent spoilage.
  • Operates kitchen equipment such as a grill, fryers, cutlery, grinders and slicers to portion and/or prepare food for cooking.
  • Trains kitchen personnel in the proper portion control in preparation and service of food.
  • Evaluates food for quality, quantity, appearance, temperature and taste through observation and tasting in order to determine if it is fresh, properly portioned and prepared correctly.
  • Ensures cleaning and/or sterilizing cooking equipment and work areas;
  • Transports food from kitchen to food truck.
  • In absence of Cook II assumes supervision of kitchen personnel.
  • Handles cash according to departmental policies.  Must maintain supervisor level cash handling access.
  • Operates food truck to travel to work sites.
  • Performs other related work as required

 

Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Knowledge of the standard methods and techniques used in food handling, storage, preparation, cooking and serving of food in large quantities.
  • Knowledge of the safety practices and procedures followed in food handling, storage, preparation and cooking.
  • Ability to train staff on the types and uses of utensils and equipment used in large quantity food preparation and cooking such as ovens, knives, stoves, steamers, fryolators, etc.
  • Knowledge of the proper quality, appearance and condition of foods.
  • Ability to read and interpret recipes and weights and measures tables.
  •  Ability to assist others to interpret recipes.
  • Ability to give and follow oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to supervise, including planning and assigning work according to the nature of the job to be accomplished.
  • Willingness to work under exposure to the hazards of wet and slippery floors, seasonal high and low temperatures, varied weather conditions and sharp surfaces.
  • Willingness to communicate with customers.
  • Ability to stand for prolonged periods of time, climb stairs, lift and carry heavy objects.
  • Ability to legally operate motor vehicles in the state of Massachusetts
  • Ability to use a smart phone.
  • Ability to use social media to post food truck related information.
  • At least two years of full-time or equivalent part-time, experience in the preparation and cooking of food in a hotel, restaurant, cafeteria, catering firm, government or private institution.
  • A diploma or certificate from a recognized trade, technical or vocation school at high school level or higher, with a major in culinary arts, food services or food trades may be substituted for the required experience.
  • Valid Massachusetts drivers license.

 

Preferred Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

Experience with propane fired commercial cooking equipment preferred.

 

Work Schedule

3rd shift; may require weekends and holidays  (40 hours per week)

 

Salary Information

Grade 10

 

Special Instructions to Applicants

Incumbents must be certified as food managers within six months of the appointment start date through a recognized program approved by the University of Massachusetts (i.e. ServSafe).

 

UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University.  To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans.  It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

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