University of St. Thomas

Cook I

Expiring today

Minneapolis, MN
Oct 20, 2017
Nov 19, 2017
University of St. Thomas
Job Type
Employment Status
Full Time

Cook I
Posted Date
4 weeks ago
Number of Openings 1
Closing Date Open Until Filled
Type of Search Staff
Who May Apply This position is open to all qualified applicants.
Position Number 2017-3108
Department/Unit Dining Services - Auxiliary Services
FLSA Status Non-Exempt/Hourly
Employment Type Full-Time Staff
Assigned Months per Year 12
Benefits Eligible Yes
Special Instructions Applicants will be asked to upload a resume to their profile and copy/paste a cover letter into the application.

The University of St. Thomas is looking for a talented, creative cook with a culinary background who shares our values and passion for the hospitality industry. Dining Services invites qualified candidates to apply for a Cook I position to be part of a busy and vibrant dining operation. This position presents applicants the opportunity to join a culinary team that offers fresh, nutritious food, while employing sustainable, socially responsible business practices. We are an environmentally friendly operation and our team of food service professionals have a shared ongoing commitment to adopting sustainable practices in our dining operations.

The mission of Dining Services is to provide excellent dining experiences, enriching and nourishing the University of St. Thomas community. As a part of this mission, we provide the nutritional foundation for the academic and co-curricular success of our students through a wide range of amenities that coincide with the diverse needs of our campus.

The Cook I position is a short-order, open line cook who interacts with customers to make made-to-order menu items. This culinary team member also assists with general food preparation tasks, such as gathering food items, reading recipes and preparing food for service. Under the direction of a production chef, this position contributes to the preparation and production of food of exceptional quality; contributing to the success of our team of culinary professionals.

This position is a 12 month, 1.0 FTE position.

Responsible for:

  • Set up/close down open line work station for service based on provided recipes, planograms, etc. in a clean and timely manner.
  • Preparing customized, made-to-order menu items in a high-volume environment, with a focus on food presentation and speed of service (saute, grill, pizza, etc.)
  • Cleaning and preparing fresh food according to recipe specifications
  • Panning up raw ingredients for later use in an organized and appealing manner
  • Gathering, weighing, measuring and assembling all ingredients for use in standardized recipes
  • Assembling catering trays, box lunches, etc. using standardized recipes
  • Following ServSafe food handling guidelines
  • Documenting usages on production worksheet
  • Use proper unit of measure when documenting quantities

This position works a flexible schedule that may include nights and weekends as business levels dictate. 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.

This is a full-time, 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 education (or) the equivalent, and two (2) years of experience in large-scale institutional food preparation and volume cooking.

Preferred qualifications: culinary school training and ServSafe certification from the State of Minnesota.

Job may require working additional hours (more than scheduled 40 per week) to accommodate the catering business on weekends.

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 read and follow recipes; familiarity with special dietary needs; excellent communication skills in order to interact with customers in a friendly, positive manner.

Ability to work efficiently and complete tasks in a timely manner, prioritize assignments, follow oral and written directions, give oral and written directions to student employee staff and/or customers, 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.

The ability to work in and move about a kitchen setting. The ability to use kitchen equipment. The ability to work independently. Stamina to stand for extended periods of time to prep and produce foods for events. The ability to lift and transport materials and equipment weighing up to forty pounds, (i.e., case lots, milk, frozen vegetables, mixing bowls or containers of food); The ability to access various storerooms, (i.e., walk-in refrigerators, freezers, dry storage, etc.). The ability to retrieve items stored on the floor or 8 inches from the floor as well as overhead positions. The ability to maintain cleanliness of the prep station and assigned cleaning duties that include reaching areas overhead and low to the floor.

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 is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Special Instructions to Candidates

Applicants will be asked to upload a resume to their profile and copy/paste a cover letter into the application.


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