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Cook II (Central Kitchen)

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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

Receives supervision from a Cook III or employee of higher grade who provide instruction as required, policy guidance, assign work and review performance.

 

Essential Functions

  • Assists in the training and supervision of kitchen personnel in the preparation and cooking of meals following standard recipes and established procedures. In absence of a Cook III assumes supervision of kitchen personnel.
  • Works with Cook III, Assistant Foods Manager or Unit Manager to make substitutions in the menu when necessary due to a shortage of supplies or a change in the number of customers.
  • Assists Cook III with required record keeping using standard forms and procedures.
  • Communicates with Cook III, Assistant Foods Manager or Unit Manager on any menu problem.
  • Measures and mixes ingredients during preparation according to recipe, using kitchen utensils and equipment to prepare complex dishes according to standard recipe and using established procedures.
  • Instructs kitchen personnel in the proper use of all food preparation equipment to insure safe and efficient operation.
  • Ensures the safe and sanitary storage of unused food to prevent spoilage.
  • Instructs kitchen personnel in the proper portion control in preparation and service of food.
  • Opens and/or secures the kitchen in the absence of a Cook III or unit manager.
  • Trains storeroom personnel regarding items needed to be moved from storage to the food preparation areas.
  • Trains subordinate employees in the proper sanitary habits in the handling, preparation, serving and storage of food.

 

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

  • 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 one year of the required experience.
  • 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.
  • Knowledge of 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 follow and give oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to supervise, including planning and assigning work according to the nature of the job to be accomplished.
  • Ability to maintain accurate records.     
  • Knowledge of the principles, practices and techniques of supervision.

 

Additional Details

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

 

Work Schedule

11am-7pm; may require weekends and holidays

 

Salary Information

Grade 12

 

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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