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School Cafeteria Cook, Kitchen

Harlem Children's Zone New York, NY
  • Posted: over a month ago
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We are currently looking for School Cafeteria Cooks to assist in the preparation of meals in the kitchen under the guidance and direction of the Lead Cook and Executive staff. The Cook will perform routine kitchen tasks such as setting up workstations and ingredients, so that food can be prepared according to recipes. A great cook will be quick, diligent and have the ability to follow instructions and safety rules in the kitchen. The Cook will also be in charge of ensuring that the kitchen and equipment are properly cleaned and maintained. To be successful in this job, the candidate will need thorough experience with hot and cold food preparation.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Follow menus, cooking, and safety standards
  • Clean, sanitize and maintain kitchen
  • Communicate with staff and management
  • Responsible for execution of the meal and understanding the timing of food production and to have all components of ready for consumption
  • Responsible for expediting and maintaining the amount of food produced based on forecasted demand during service times
  • Ability to cook and prepare food according to production guidelines and recipes
  • Knowledge of food product, identification, and acceptable level of food quality
  • Must know methods of food preparation, cooking times, and portion sizes to insure food is prepared in prescribed manner
  • Evaluate food quality and preparedness
  • Ensure food is stored at the appropriate temperature for the appropriate length of time and follows all food safety standards
  • Maintain a clean, safe and sanitary work station, equipment, and utensils
  • Ability to safely operate all kitchen equipment (choppers, slicers, ovens, steamers, a variety of knives, etc.)
  • Assist Lead Cook in maintaining production records (food usage, overages, shortages, customer counts, etc.)
  • Assist Lead Cook in maintaining established logs (food temperatures, cooling temperatures, cooler & freezer temperatures, etc.)
  • Communicate with management regarding food product that needs to be ordered for upcoming production
  • Report safety hazards discovered in the location to management immediately additional job functions
  • Able to provide outstanding customer service and get along with coworkers, HCZ community, and management team
  • Responsible for receiving deliveries and proper storage of all items
  • Perform other related duties as assigned

Qualification, Skills and Knowledge Requirements

  • Must have good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to work in a team environment and demonstrate excellent customers service
  • Must have the ability to lead and support the kitchen staff
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience in the food service industry as a cook
  • Must be able to understand verbal and written instructions
  • Culinary training or degree in Culinary Arts
  • Holds a valid NYC DOH Food Protection Certificate
  • Must be knowledgeable and able to manage and comply with Health Department and other governmental agency regulations.
  • Must have a strong knowledge of food preparation and high volume production
  • Individual is responsible for achieving on site certifications provided by employer
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time, bend, kneel, and reach to store/retrieve supplies
  • Ability to lift, carry, and push supplies and boxes up to 50 pounds
  • Occasional environment exposures to cold, heat and water.

We offer competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package. To be considered, interested applicants must submit a cover letter and resume to No telephone inquiries or recruiters please. Replies will only be sent to qualified applicants. HCZ is an EOE.


Harlem Children's Zone

Why Work Here?

The Harlem Children’s Zone is driven by the belief that the success of our children and the strength of the community go hand and hand.

At Harlem Children's Zone we believe in doing 'whatever it takes' to ensure that our children graduate from college so they can be prepared for the high-skills job market. Under the leadership of our CEO Anne Williams-Isom, we offer programs to address the needs of children at each stage of their development, as we work to strengthen the families and community around them. The pipeline starts with The Baby College, which teaches best-practice parenting to parents of children from 0-3 years old. HCZ runs Birth to Pre-Kindergarten programs to get children on track early. Children then attend one of two HCZ Promise Academy K-12 charter schools or are supported by HCZ staff in the seven public schools in the Zone. HCZ also runs innovative middle and high-school afterschool programs for local public school students. HCZ's College Success Office supports HCZ's students - many of whom are the first in their families to attend college - so that they can successfully navigate the new challenges and responsibilities they face. We seek talented and passionate professionals who are committed to improving the lives of our children and families. If you share our passion for and commitment to children and believe you have skills to support their development, we want you to join us on this groundbreaking journey.

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