Cook Lead (Candidate Bank)

Posted on April 30, 2024
WFSE 1488
University of Washington
Full-time / Part-time
 - $ 
 per month
Seattle, WA
Health insurance, Paid time off, Paid holidays, Dental insurance, Vision insurance, Retirement benefits, Parental leave, Life and disability insurance, Reduced tuition, Unlimited Orca Card
Applications accepted until position filled

The University of Washington (UW) believes in possibility and positively impacts individuals, our region, and the world. UW Dining serves students, employees, and guests across campus in markets, restaurants, and cafes with an emphasis on sustainability and nutrition.

Come and join the UW Dining team to lead your own contributions toward a friendly and inclusive environment for all!

Description of Duties
• Review menus and recipes and consult with Manager on the production goals for the day/week
• Develop prep and order specifications derived from multiple recipes at various stations
• Prepare menu items from scratch ingredients
• Ensure the successful and timely execution of the menu, consulting with the culinary leadership if exceptions occur
• Assign, instruct and check the work of all kitchen staff, delegating to cooks and leads, as appropriate
• Check inventory levels and ensure that the kitchen is properly stocked
• Break down larger cuts of meat and seafood
• Review prepared menu items to ensure proper cooking, presentation and authentic flavors
• Receive inquiries and orders directly from customers and fulfill as requested
• Monitor prepared foods for compliance with HACCP, including taking and recording food temperatures before the food leaves the production area
• Oversee and participate in cleaning and sanitizing of all areas of the kitchen
• Ensure foods and menu items remaining after meal preparation and service are properly wrapped, dated, labeled and stored before the close of the shift
• Maintain records of foods produced, foods wasted, and any recipe adjustments
• Identify any safety issues or equipment malfunctions and report them to the Unit Manager
• Perform all responsibilities to standards of Washington State health code, UW Dining, and CBORD specifications
• Frequently position self to lift items or boxes/bins of product from floor or low shelving or placing items on low shelving for preparing or cooking food
• Perform related duties as requested

Position Dimensions
The position is a nine-month cyclic position that works mid-September to mid-June.  Additional work may be available in the summer based on business needs and seniority. While staff are hired into specific positions, they may be reassigned to a different unit or schedule with two weeks of notice.

Minimum Qualifications
• Possession of, or eligible to obtain a Washington State Food Worker card within two weeks of employment AND one year of experience performing skilled cooking duties; or equivalent education/experience.
• Ability to cook foods from scratch using a variety of cooking techniques.

Desired Qualifications
• Experience with Microsoft Word and Excel
• Food production experience within a college residential dining venue
• Experience and knowledge of standard cuts of meat including poultry and fish
• Experience in cutting and preparing meat and seafood menu items, including sauces, using various methods such as slicing, carving, roasting, brining, and smoking, curing, marinating, and grilling

Additional Qualifications
• A satisfactory outcome from the employment verification and reference check processes.

• Medical, dental, and vision insurance options
• Retirement plan options
• Fully paid U-PASS transit card for ORCA
• PTO and sick time accrual, paid holidays, 1 peronal holiday, parental leave
• Tuition Exemption Program for UW and public higher education institutions in Washington
• SmartHealth Wellness, UW Carelink, and The Whole U wellness and assistance programs
• …and much more!

About the employer: University of Washington

The UW is one of the world’s preeminent public universities. Our impact on individuals, our region and the world is profound — whether we are launching young people into a boundless future or confronting the grand challenges of our time through undaunted research and scholarship. Ranked No. 7 in the world on the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Global Universities rankings, the UW educates more than 54,000 students annually. We turn ideas into impact and transform lives and our world. For more about our impact, visit our news site, UW News.

About your union: WFSE 1488

Local 1488 of the Washington Federation of State Employees (AFSCME Council 28) has the third largest membership among the campus unions. More than 2,000 members come from dozens of occupational categories and are responsible for a huge range of work both on the main campus and at Harborview Hospital, including food service, custodial service, grounds maintenance, trucking, mail service, and technician and clerical jobs in many labs, offices, and the hospital.

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