Vanderbilt Campus Dining takes pridein the culinary creations served from its kitchens. Our Dining program ishighly decorated--the winner of many prestigious awards in the food serviceindustry, including Best On-Site Food Service Operation in the Nation, BestFood Service Operator, the prestigious Ivy Award, and many more. We have maindining centers, restaurants, cafes, and convenience stores. We employ over 300employees.
The Cook is a key member of theCampus Dining Team, within the Division of Administration at VanderbiltUniversity. The Cook is responsible for supporting the culinary leadershipand senior cooks in a variety of functions and executing complex recipes. Thisposition is also responsible for butchering meats, chopping vegetables (usingadvanced cuts), preparing multi-ingredient sauces, and completing other advancedlevel culinary tasks. This position will provide delegation to cook assistantsin the kitchen.
Duties and Responsibilities
Provide leadership and culinary instruction to cook assistants, per management's direction
Assist with training servers on use of correct portions when cutting, preparing, and serving items
Notify day and night shifts regarding menu items that require long cooking times to ensure unit is prepared for upcoming meals
Communicate with the management to maintain the level of food quality that is expected
Cook and prepare food using complex, multi-ingredient recipes
Cuts, trims, bones, and carves meats and poultry; chops vegetables using advanced cuts; prepares multi-ingredient sauces; and completes other advanced level culinary tasks
Cooks and prepares food according to production guidelines and recipes using various methods of food preparation, cooking times, and portion sizes to ensure food is prepared in prescribed manner
Provide information to unit leadership when issues arise that could affect the service before each meal period
Responsible for using correct portions when cutting, preparing, and serving items
Evaluates food quality and preparedness by using proper quality control measures
Cover, date and correctly store all food items as per safe food-handling procedures
Complete production sheets, which includes logs for waste, temperature and actual prepared product
Identify production needs based on recipes and par levels
Ensure food is stored at the correct temperature for the prescribed length of time, while following all food safety standards and complete daily temperature logs
Set up and break down work stations
Clean and sanitize work areas, equipment, and utensils to ensure a clean and sanitary work station
This position does not havesupervisory responsibility. This position reports administratively andfunctionally to the unit's management team and chef.
Profile of an Ideal Candidate
High School education or equivalent preferred
Serve Safe Certified preferred
Excellent customer service
Great interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a team environment
Minimum 1 1/2 years' experience in the food service industry as a cook is necessary
More than 3 years' experience in the food service industry as a cook preferred
Must be able to understand and follow directions
Ability to read documents
Possess knowledge and skill in a variety of cooking techniques
Ability to cook complex recipes
Physical Demands and WorkEnvironment:
Must be able to safely operate all kitchen equipment
Ability to lift up to 50 lbs. and frequently lift, push, pull, or carry up to 30 lbs.
Ability to walk or stand for extended time periods, up to 6 hours
Involves repetitive motion
Requires frequent lifting/transporting hot food items
Ability to work in all unit and kitchen areas while interacting with heated equipment, steam, chemicals for cleaning, etc.
VanderbiltUniversity, located in Nashville, Tennessee, is a top-15 private researchuniversity offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professionaldegrees. Vanderbilt is situated on a 330-acre campus near the thriving citycenter, serving more than 12,000 students and employing almost7,000 faculty and staff. The university's students, staff, andfaculty frequently cite Nashville and the surrounding area as one of the manyperks of being a part of the Vanderbilt community. Vanderbilt Universityis a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded, andyour abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity is sought andcelebrated. Vanderbilt was recently named as one of "America's Best LargeEmployers" and the top employer in Tennessee and the Nashville metropolitanarea in 2019 (Forbes).
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About Vanderbilt University
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