Lead Cook

Mount Holyoke College
South Hadley, MA

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Administrative Jobs
Institutional & Business Affairs, Auxiliary Services
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Position Type: Staff Full-time

Hours per week: 40   

Weeks per year: 52

Work Schedule: Day, nights, holidays and weekends as needed 

Department Summary & Job Purpose:

● Works under the supervision of the Executive Chef
● Provides general supervision of food production and service for all professional and student staff.
● Assists in the oversight of all aspects of proper and safe food preparation and handling, proper sanitation procedures, proper receiving and storage procedures. Abides by and enforces the rules and regulations of the department and BOH.


Core Job Duties and Responsibilities: 

  •  Assists other cooks with general preparation.
  • Assists in preparation of food by any of the following methods, according to directions: Boiling Roasting Sauteing Steaming Baking Or, as instructed Frying Grilling/Broiling
  • May carve and slice meats for service and cook food items to order.
  • Assists other with other duties as needed by the department.
  • Ensures all food labels and menus are accurate with correct allergen information and ingredients.
  • Uses standardized recipes in the preparation of food.
  • Appropriately seasons and garnishes food for service.
  • May be needed to work other areas and other times.
  • Assists in and uses proper procedures for placing, receiving, and storing orders.
  • Refrigerates and / or stores all food left at the end of the meal following proper food storage and handling procedures throughout the day.
  • Batch cooks to ensure that food is always freshly prepared and nicely presented.
  • Maintains clean and orderly work area and keeps utensils and equipment clean and in good working order.
  • May assists in taking weekly inventory.
  • Keeps all work areas clean, free of debris and sanitized at all times.
  • Compliant in accuracy of records/system for any future implementation of dining programs
  • Responsible for recording and accuracy of Time & Temp logs and service records
  • Responsible for preparing and recording amounts of food as designated by computer production sheets.
  • Must provide direction for cooks, kitchen assistants, and any student workers.
  • Oversees kitchen operation in the absence of the Executive Chef including opening and closing responsibilities 
  • Filters and cleans fryolators on a regular basis or as needed.
  • Stores all food properly at all times following proper board of health guidelines.
  • Keeps red & green sanitation buckets at the station following proper procedure. 
  • Ensures all food labels and menu signage are in place and accurate before each meal.
  • Utilized as much food trim and leftovers as possible
  • Must record daily temperatures of all food items and fill out any production records
  • Must be able to take direction from supervisors, managers and directors.
  • Performs other duties as assigned. 

Qualifications: ● Must have a minimum of 4 - 5 years’ experience in the preparation of food in quantity.
● Must have good communication skills, both written and orally, with a sound understanding of the English language. Basic computer skills desirable.
● Must be able to pass a physical examination without restrictions.
● Must be able to give direction and instruct others.
● Customer Service: Maintains an extraordinarily positive attitude towards others and especially when dealing with students and the public.
● Must be cooperative and willing to work with others.
● Must be neat in appearance and work habits, and must comply with safety and sanitation regulations as prescribed by law.
● ServSafe certified or willing to take and pass ServSafe course.
● Must be certified in allergen training.
● Must comply with proper dress code as designated by the Department.
● Directs professional and student staff and maintains a high level of professionalism.

Preferred Qualifications:


Compliance Requirements: 

Physical Demands: ● Routinely lifts/moves an average of 30 pounds. May occasionally lift 50 pounds.
● Lifting: 30 %– 50 % of time at work (could require bending and twisting).
● Pans of product, replenishing / storing product, preparing recipes (requires lifting cases of product).
● Ability to carry product a distance.
● Setting up, replenishing buffet lines requires lots of walking/carrying to services lines or storing/retrieving product in refrigerated or dry storage areas, the distance of approximately 75 feet or more. Most shifts span 2 meal periods.
● Overhead lifting: 10 % or more.
● Storing or removing product or equipment from shelves.
● Routinely on your feet throughout 8 hour shift (could also be working alone during part or all of a shift).
● Requires lots of walking, a distance of approximately 25-75 feet or more.
● Floor surface is quarry tile and is non-giving.
● Walking up and down stairs when retrieving product from storerooms and entering and exiting the building.
● Works around slippery surfaces due to spills, dropped foods, trips to dish room and pot sink to get equipment cleaned.
● Potential hazardous areas of concern and exposure to equipment – uses or works near all of the following to prepare and serve food:

o Fryolators
o Grills
o Ovens
o Steamers
o Woks
o Induction
o Knives
o Slicing equipment
o Heavy and large pots, pans
o Sharp edges from open cans
o Works around tables with corners

Working Conditions:   

Background Checks:

Mount Holyoke College is committed to providing a safe and secure environment, supported by qualified
employees that will allow all of its students, faculty, staff and those associated with them to successfully
carry out the mission of the college. As a condition of employment, the College will conduct appropriate
background checks for all new hires. Mount Holyoke has designated the Office of Human Resources as
the office responsible for ensuring that background checks (CORI, SORI, Credit History, & Driver

Credential) are completed and utilized in the hiring process and Five College Office of Compliance and
Risk Management as the office responsible for facilitating background checks as articulated in this policy.

Special Instructions for Applicants: 

Apply online by application deadline. Application materials must include 1) a cover letter summarizing
interests and qualifications, 2) a complete resume or curriculum vitae, and 3) contact information for 3
professional references. 

Mount Holyoke College is a women’s college that is gender diverse. The College is committed to providing equal access and opportunity in employment and education to all employees and students. In compliance with state and federal law, Mount Holyoke College does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, genetic information, sex, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, physical or mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, ancestry, veteran or military status, or any other legally protected status under federal, state or local law. The College does not discriminate on the basis of gender in the recruitment and admission of students to its graduate program.

Mount Holyoke College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 


Mount Holyoke College is a highly selective liberal arts institution with a long tradition of educating women for active engagement in the world. A diverse community of approximately 2000 students (13% international, 17% U.S. women of color), the College is committed to the creation of a powerful learning environment which seamlessly links the curricular and co-curricular dimensions of campus life in a way that affirms identity, builds community and prepares women for leadership in a pluralistic world.mount_holyoke_college1.jpg

Mount Holyoke is located in the beautiful Pioneer Valley in Western Massachusetts. The College, which has just completed the third year of an ambitious six-year strategic plan, is committed to educating a diverse community of women at the highest level of academic excellence and to fostering the alliance of liberal arts education with purposeful engagement in the world. Mount Holyoke is in a particularly strong position having received the highest numbers of applications in its history. Mount Holyoke is a member of the Five College Consortium (along with Amherst, Hampshire, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst).

mount_holyoke_college2.jpgAs the first of the Seven Sisters—the female equivalent of the once predominantly male Ivy League—Mount Holyoke established higher education for women as a serious endeavor. Our long, distinguished history of educating leaders arises from a powerful combination of:

  • academic excellence in a global learning environment
  • a tight-knit, diverse, and international community
  • a worldwide network of alumnae
  • the conviction that women can and should make a difference in the world.

Mount Holyoke College is one of the nation's best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review Guide's 2010 edition of its annual guidebook, The Best 371 Colleges. Mount Holyoke rates highly in a number of categories, among them "best classroom experience" (#6), "best college library" (#12), and "dorms like palaces" (#13).

Our 2,200 students hail from 48 states and nearly 70 countries. One in three students is an international citizen or African American, Asian American, Latina, Native American, or multiracial. Sixty-two percent of incoming first-year students were in the top 10 percent of their high school classes.



  • 49 departmental and interdepartmental majors
  • Option to design your own major
  • 33 percent of all majors are interdisciplinary
  • Majors of current MHC students: humanities, 32 percent; social sciences, 42 percent; natural and applied sciences, 26 percent

Class Size

  • 15 percent of classes have 10 or fewer students
  • 64 percent have 20 or fewer
  • 82 percent have 25 or fewer

Student-to-Faculty Ratio
9 to 1

After College
Six months after graduation, 86 percent of the class of 2008 were working or in school. Of those students, 16 percent were attending graduate/professional schools of their choice. Typically, 75 percent of MHC graduates enroll in graduate/professional school within ten years.

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