Cook I (Food Trucks)

Job Details

Job no: 511284
Work type: Staff Full Time
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Concessions Commissary Trucks
Union: AFSCME
Categories: Food Service/Hospitality

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

Job Summary

Prepares and cooks food on mobile food trucks; leads small teams for the preparation of more complex dishes. Performs duties required for daily operations of a mobile food truck including driving, training, inspecting food for quality and cash management; performs other related work as required.

Essential Functions

  • Cooks food in quantities following standard recipes and established procedures adjusting recipes as needed to produce required amounts.
  • Reads and uses computer generated standard menus and recipes to prepare meals.
  • Roasts, fries, boils, broils, and seasons meats, fish, poultry, vegetables and other foods required for daily meals.
  • Communicates with Cook II or Assistant Foods Manager on any menu problems.
  • Assists other food service staff with the preparation and cooking of more complex dishes.
  • Measures and mixes ingredients according to recipe, using food truck equipment, kitchen utensils and other equipment to prepare soups, salads, desserts, dressings, gravies, sauces, stews, etc.
  • Ensures the safe and sanitary storage of unused food to prevent spoilage.
  • Operates kitchen equipment such as a grill, fryers, cutlery, grinders and slicers to portion and/or prepare food for cooking.
  • Trains kitchen personnel in the proper portion control in preparation and service of food.
  • Evaluates food for quality, quantity, appearance, temperature and taste through observation and tasting in order to determine if it is fresh, properly portioned and prepared correctly.
  • Ensures cleaning and/or sterilizing cooking equipment and work areas;
  • Transports food from kitchen to food truck.
  • In absence of Cook II assumes supervision of kitchen personnel.
  • Handles cash according to departmental policies. Must maintain supervisor level cash handling access.

Other Functions

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)

  • Valid Massachusetts drivers license.
  • At least two years of full-time or equivalent part-time, experience in the preparation and cooking of food in a hotel, restaurant, cafeteria, catering firm, government or private institution.
  • A diploma or certificate from a recognized trade, technical or vocation school at high school level or higher, with a major in culinary arts, food services or food trades may be substituted for the required experience.
  • Knowledge of the standard methods and techniques used in food handling, storage, preparation, cooking and serving of food in large quantities.
  • Knowledge of the safety practices and procedures followed in food handling, storage, preparation and cooking.
  • Ability to train staff on the types and uses of utensils and equipment used in large quantity food preparation and cooking such as ovens, knives, stoves, steamers, fryolators, etc.
  • Knowledge of the proper quality, appearance and condition of foods.
  • Ability to read and interpret recipes and weights and measures tables.
  • Ability to assist others to interpret recipes.
  • Ability to give and follow oral and written instructions.
  • Ability to supervise, including planning and assigning work according to the nature of the job to be accomplished.
  • Willingness to work under exposure to the hazards of wet and slippery floors, seasonal high and low temperatures, varied weather conditions and sharp surfaces.
  • Willingness to communicate with customers.
  • Ability to stand for prolonged periods of time, climb stairs, lift and carry heavy objects.
  • Ability to legally operate motor vehicles in the state of Massachusetts
  • Ability to use a smart phone.
  • Ability to use social media to post food truck related information.

Physical Demands/Working Conditions

  • Ability to work outdoors in varied conditions.

Additional Details

Incumbents must be certified as food managsers within six months of the appointment start date through a recognized program approved by the University of Massachusetts (i.e. ServSafe).

Work Schedule

Varied based on dept. needs and events; will include nights and weekends

Salary Information

Grade 10

Special Instructions to Applicants

Applicants should provide a resume and three professional references with their application.

UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University. To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

Advertised: Dec 9 2021 Eastern Standard Time
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Organization

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is one of the preeminent public research universities in America. Nestled in idyllic Amherst, Massachusetts—often called “The top college town in North America”—the campus is consistently ranked among the top public research universities in the nation, and offers a rich cultural environment in a rural setting close to major urban centers. 

As one of the nation's top public research universities – as measured by national and international rankings, academic citations, and research funding – the campus spends more than $180 million on research each year, demonstrating its contribution to the nation’s position as a technological and economic leader. The university works in conjunction with academic, government, and private partners to translate new knowledge and scientific discoveries into technical innovations and scholarly works that create opportunities for students, faculty and the public. 

Eight schools and colleges offer more than 85 undergraduate majors, 68 master’s and 48 doctoral degree programs, many counted among the top programs in the nation and world. UMass Amherst is also home to New England's premier honors college.

The 1,159 full-time faculty members are dedicated teachers and world-renowned researchers and the campus has regularly been listed among the top performers in terms of faculty awards. With over 24,000 students from all 50 states and over 70 countries, the student body is the most academically successful in the history of the campus. Students participate in 240 organizations, 21 NCAA Division I athletic teams, extensive intramurals, living-learning residence halls, community service, and internships. With one of the largest residential life systems in the nation, UMass Amherst houses approximately 12,000 students on campus. The university is enjoying a facilities renaissance, including new buildings in the sciences, the arts, and recreation. UMass Amherst is part of the Five College consortium with Smith, Mount Holyoke, Hampshire and Amherst colleges.

As an employer, the University of Massachusetts Amherst is a national leader in developing family-friendly policies, benefits and amenities designed to help faculty members develop both productive careers and satisfying personal lives. The university offers one of the nation’s most generous parental leave policies. The university is also part of the Academic Career Network, a regional consortium formed to serve dual-career couples and encourage greater diversity in the academy.

 

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United States

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