University of St. Thomas

Prep Cook (0.75 FTE)

St. Paul
Aug 08, 2017
Aug 09, 2017
Job Type
Employment Status
Part Time

The University of St. Thomas invites qualified candidates to apply for a Prep Cook position within Dining Services.

The Prep Cook assists with all aspects of food preparation as part of the culinary team. This position is a 9 month, .75 FTE position and works a flexible schedule that may include nights and weekends as business levels dictate.

The Prep Cook reports to the Chef and assists with gathering food items, reading CBORD recipes and constructing food items for our Chef and Sous Chef to finish. This position is designed to provide meals to UST resident students as well as staff, faculty, and the general student body. This position is designated as Emergency Essential. Emergency Essential employees are expected to remain at work if campus closes during their regular work schedule or to report to work if the campus closing announcement is made before their regular work schedule begins.

Essential Functions

Provide food preparation assistance where needed in back-of-house or front-of-house operations

  • Clean and prepare fresh produce according to recipe specifications
  • Pan up raw ingredients for later use (breadsticks, raw meat, pasta, etc.) in an organized and appealing manner
  • Gather, weigh, measure and assemble all ingredients for use in standardized recipes
  • Assemble catering trays, box lunches, etc. using standardized recipes
  • Other tasks as assigned

Document usage on production worksheet

  • Use proper unit of measure when documenting quantities, i.e. pans, servings, pounds

Maintain a clean work station

  • Utilize green (detergent) and red (sanitizer) sanitizing buckets to keep countertops and work station clean and sanitized

This is a part-time, 0.75 FTE, benefits eligible position. The University of St. Thomas offers a competitive and comprehensive benefits program, which includes medical, dental, vision, life, long-term care, legal, and disability insurance coverages. Offerings also include retirement plans, flexible spending accounts, a health savings account, and an employee assistance program. The University provides tuition remission to its employees, spouses, and dependents. In addition, the University values a healthy work/life balance and has generous provisions for paid time off.


Minimum Qualifications: High school diploma or its equivalent and two years of experience with high volume food preparation required.

Preferred qualifications: Serv Safe certified from the State of Minnesota and short order cooking experience.

Skill in: basic cooking methods and techniques; basic knife handling/sharpening/maintenance; how to use, maintain and clean a wide variety of kitchen equipment.

Ability to: communicate effectively and read printed materials, understand and follow recipes, work efficiently and complete tasks in a timely manner, prioritize assignments, follow oral and written directions, get along well with others, work in close proximity to others, perform accurate arithmetic calculations and common weight/volume conversions, multi-task and switch tasks quickly when necessary, maintain accurate records and food-related reports, and maintain an organized and clean work station

Knowledge of: safe food handling guidelines, including ServSafe, FIFO and HACCP principles, methods and equipment used in a restaurant setting, safe work practices and sanitation related to food preparation and service, basic computer applications related to the job.

Physical requirements: Ability to work in and move about a commercial kitchen setting; ability to use commercial kitchen equipment; ability to work independently; stamina to stand for extended periods of time; ability to lift and transport equipment and materials weighing up to 40 lbs.; ability to access various kitchen storage areas, retrieve items stored 8 inches off floor and in overhead positions, maintain prep area and cleaning duties that include areas from floor to ceiling to kitchen equipment. The University provides reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities who require and request accommodations in order to perform the essential functions of their jobs.

Inspired by Catholic intellectual tradition, the University of St. Thomas educates students to be morally responsible leaders who think critically, act wisely, and work skillfully to advance the common good.  The successful candidate will possess a commitment to the ideals of this mission statement.

In light of its commitment to create and maintain a safe learning and working environment, employment with the University of St. Thomas requires successful completion of a background screening.

The University of St. Thomas (UST), Minnesota Human Resources Department advertises the official job listing on its website.  If you are viewing this posting from a site other than “Jobs at UST”, the University assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of information. 

UST is an Equal Opportunity Employer

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