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Lead Cook

  2024-02-18     Happy Valley Conference Center     2159 Branciforte     $22-25 hour  

Part Time position available immediately - typically about 30 hours/week, with some fluctuation. Starting hourly pay ranges from $22-25/hr. 401K Participation after 90 days.

Weekends are booked with groups, and many weekdays. We can work around other schedules (school, another job, family, etc), and appreciate a wide range of availability. A full time position may be available (including higher wages and benefits), depending on experience and temperament.

Our shifts are 6am-2pm and 1pm-9pm. Flexibility is appreciated. Weekend availability is required.

Essential skills include:

1 yr minimum food service experience
Knowledge of basic health and safety practice and protocol (knife skills, kitchen communication, time and temp, proper food storage, etc).
Knowledge of inventory management, rotation, and incorporation (leftovers, usable produce, restock points);
Knowledge of flavor profiles and dietary restrictions and ways to appeal to different palates;

You must be comfortable with most forms of vegetable and meat cookery and be proficient at incorporating prep and kitchen cleaning into production during the shift. We prepare simple comfort food done well in a cafeteria/camp/conference center-style service. The ideal candidate will have knowledge in the preparation of vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free dishes. Experience in baking preferred.

Cooks are responsible for upholding cleanliness standards and efficiency in meal production. Everyone must be willing to do a variety of jobs (including cleaning and occasionally dish washing), come to work reliably with a great attitude from the start of your shift to the end of your shift, take direction well, and be a cooperative part of an efficient team. You must be able to manage your own emotional equilibrium, communicate professionally and collaboratively, and love feeding people. Fast-paced, positive and supportive team, great work environment.

Current CA Food Handler's card before work begins
All of our staff COVID test regularly and continue to mask indoors.

We are a small nonprofit located just outside of Santa Cruz on 73 acres of redwoods and green space where we invite our guests to Experience Dynamic Transformation. We host a wide variety of groups of all ages, year-round, from 15 to 150 guests.
We have been serving sacred hospitality and nurturing people with good (comfort) food for almost 75 years and take our responsibility to our guests, to each other, and to our land seriously (but we don't take ourselves too seriously!). It's as important to us that we find a good cook as we find a good match to our team energy and ethos - we believe happy people make better food.

Do not contact this company in solicitation of any product or service.

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