Cook 1 (Per Diem)

New Haven, CT
Dec 19, 2018

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Job Description

To be part of our organization, every employee should understand and share in the YNHHS Vision, support our Mission, and live our Values. These values-integrity, patient-centered, respect, accountability, and compassion - must guide what we do, as individuals and professionals, every day.

EEO/AA/Disability/Veteran

Summary:
Prepares high quality hot and cold food items using all cooking techniques for patients, staff, and visitors according to specific procedures and in appropriate quantities needed for daily food service production. The Cook I must be able to produce items needed for all departments and may need to work in other departments as dictated by business needs (this may be assigned by management and can change daily). This Cook must be able to prepare and process multiple requests at a given time, use all food service equipment in the department and provide customers (both internal and external) with outstanding Customer Service. (Up to 20 points within the Responsibilities Section may be reallocated based upon the actual task assignments performed by an employee during the review period.) Demonstrates and role models outstanding customer service and the Key Behaviors outlined in the Hospital's Core Success Factors in all interactions.

Responsibilities:
  • 1. SET-UP AND PREPARATION - Sets up food prep area with appropriate par levels of food items and equipment needed to maintain an efficient flow of work and production.
  • 2. FOOD PRODUCTION - Prepares high quality food items in quantities needed for to patients, staff, and visitors in all departments by following procedures provided. Must use all cooking techniques to prepare food (hot and cold). Prepares plates attractively, following plating procedures, portion control guidelines and garnishes as defined. Coordinates timing, prioritizes, and juggles customer orders and/or meal tickets in order to maintain time lines (cafeteria customers, kitchen patient tray line 20 minute window), and manage multiple orders at a time.
  • 3. FOOD PRODUCTION EQUIPMENT - Demonstrates competency in the proper operation, care and maintenance of all equipment used in the department.
  • 4. FOOD SAFETY STANDARDS - Maintains all food safety standards. Demonstrates understanding of correct food safety principles and techniques applicable to cooking and consistently applies these techniques. Correctly uses a calibrated thermometer to verify and document that all foods are properly cooked to specified internal temperatures. Takes corrective action, documents when proper food holding temperatures are not appropriately met and notifies the manager. Consistently and appropriately covers, labels, dates, and stores all food items under responsibility. Reports any food products of questionable quality to manager. Rotates stock according to FIFO following departmental policy.
  • 5. ROLE MODEL AND TRAINER - Provides On -the-Job Training of all employees in the department. Develops newer associates and acts as a role model. Independently utilized knowledge of kitchen procedures as necessary to resolve issues and/or ensure customer needs are met. Assists manager in conducting in-service training as required.
  • 6. SANITATION AND PERSONAL HYGIENE - Consistently follows established sanitation and personal hygiene guidelines to help prevent the spread of food borne illness. Maintains a clean and neat work area by adhering to the -clean as you go- policy. Proper hand washing techniques are followed at all times. Cleans and sanitizes all food handling equipment prior to use according to standard procedures. Uses and stores cleaning agents properly.

    Other information:

    EDUCATION:
    High school graduate or equivalent (GED) required. Successful completion of Culinary Basic Skills Training and Safe Food Handler Training Program preferred. Graduation from an accredited 2 yr post secondary culinary training preferred.

    EXPERIENCE:
    Two years experience as a Grill (Short Order) Cook required. Experience in preparing food in an acute care facility desirable.

    LICENSURE:
    Serve Safe is desired. Must complete within 90 days.

    SPECIAL SKILLS:
    Very good oral communications skills required. Must have a demonstrated ability to read, write and understand english and to be able to communicate effectively with the Food Prep Team. Must have demonstrated outstanding Customer Service Skills. Must be able to work well independently to prioritize work flow, in order to provide the best possible Customer Service. Knowledge of all food service equipment used in the department. Must be able to demonstrate basic computer skills to complete Mandatory Training.


    ACCOUNTABILITY:
    Under the supervision of an assigned Food Service manager prepares food for patients'/customers' consumption as assigned. Prepares food within established food safety standards, according to procedures provided while minimizing leftovers and waste. Demonstrates key behaviors outlined in the hospital's Core Success Factors including: Helpful, Friendly, Problem Solver; Team-Player; Communicator; Personally Effective & Accountable; and Open-Minded Flexible


    COMPLEXITY:
    For patients' regular or modified diets, or for customers, prepares appropriate foods following procedures provided. Demonstrates ability to independently organize and prioritize food orders to accommodate multiple requests, providing the best possible customer service and / or patient care using sound food preparation principles.


    PHYSICAL DEMAND:
    Moderate physical activity, requires ability to stand and walk more than 4 hours per day, with ability to lift, push and pull carts, pallets and food supplies (occasionally up to 50 pounds, frequently up to 30 pounds and/or continuously up to 10 pounds). Work environment involves moderate exposure to unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, fumes, smoke, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises which require following basic safety precautions; and, working with cleaning chemicals requiring Personal Protective Equipment (PPE's) provided.
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    Job Info

    Job: 3277

    Department: Food Nutritional Svc EP Cafe
    Category: Service & Trades
    Sub Category: FOOD & NUTRITION
    Shift: AS NEEDED
    Hours: 0.00

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