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As a division of Cornell Dining, Cornell Catering is the preferred catering service for Cornell University events and is uniquely qualified to serve the entire Cornell community and beyond. We are proud to work for Cornell and place a strong emphasis on Cornell Pride; our focus on students is one of the many concepts that differentiate Cornell Catering from other caterers. With its team of experienced professional staff, Cornell Catering is a full-service caterer that provides incredible food and beverages to guests at formal banquets for thousands, elegant weddings for hundreds, or intimate dinners for a few. Over the past thirty-five years, Cornell Catering has worked with clients to create customized events that meet specific objectives and budgets.
Under general supervision, the SO-04 Cook, prepares and serves a variety of food items directly to our customers from a Banquet Event Orders for catering events or restaurant service preparations while constantly being mindful of, and ensuring, required food standards and safety. This position must be team-oriented, customer-service driven and have a desire to succeed
Likely daily tasks include:
Preparing, or assist in preparing, a wide variety of standard food items for catered events. Food items maybe prepared in batched quantity or to-order at these catered events or in a restaurant environment. Food items can include: sandwiches, cold food platters, condiments, sauces, dips, and composed hors d'oeuvres.
Operating and maintaining kitchen equipment including; char broilers, grill, toaster, fryers, steamers, microwaves, automatic chopping equipment, electric slicer, ovens, woks, conveyor ovens, induction burners and various hand tools.
Assisting with the daily quantity of food served and produced as well as maintaining portion control that is specified and help maintain production sheets by recording amounts of food prepared, served and left over
Ensuring that sanitary, HACCP, and NY State Health codes and procedures are maintained in assigned areas including, but not limited to, temperatures, safe handling procedures, proper sanitary restraints and uniforms.
Ensuring proper storage of food
A successful candidate must have good customer service, interpersonal and organization skills as well as be able to prepare a variety of foods under pressure and retain multiple customer orders at one time. Must have the ability to be creative and flexible at all times as schedules, shifts, locations, and daily tasks are subject to change. Position may require evening, weekend, and holiday hours. May perform other related duties as assigned. Position may be subject to seasonal lay-offs including summer, fall, winter, and spring breaks.
High school diploma, or equivalent and 2 to 3 years experience related to food preparation. Previous experience in catering or restaurant food preparations highly preferred. Must have knowledge and understanding of food cooking processes, techniques (e.g. grilling, frying, roasting, sautéing, broiling, baking, steaming and brazing) and equipment/tools. Basic skills in English including reading, writing, math and verbal articulation.
Must be able to lift 30 lbs. occasionally and up to 50 lbs. (minimal). Must be able to reach over your head. Must be able to stand for long periods of time, and conduct repetitive motion, such as chopping, stirring, and mixing. Occasional squatting and frequent bending. Continuous exposure to temperature changes (must be able to tolerate the extreme ranges), heat, steam, smoke, slippery floors, food waste and kitchen equipment such as slicers, fryers, steamers, ovens. Prolonged attentiveness in the use of equipment and the tasks at hand. Long periods of standing.
Must be able to demonstrate proficient knife skills and successfully complete a cooking demonstration as part of the interview process.
No relocation assistance is provided for this position. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.
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