Evening Prep Cook

Evening Prep Cook

Position Summary

The prep cook reports to the Food Services Manager and is responsible for preparation of ingredients and menu items for all meal services. The prep cook helps manage a rotating group of scholarship students who often have minimal kitchen experience. The ability to work as a team member with all other functions of Penland is an important aspect of this job. The capacity in the kitchen and dining room is 230 with daily averages of 230 in the summer and 130 in the spring and fall. This is a full-time seasonal hourly position.

Employees at Penland enjoy competitive pay, engaging benefits and a unique work environment of creative inquiry. We have a variety of seasonal, part-time and full-time positions. Classes are offered in the spring, summer and fall with a short winter residency in January and February.

Primary Responsibilities

Food Preparation: Works in collaboration with the kitchen staff to prepare ingredients and menu items for all meals, five days a week. The Prep Cook is expected to encourage and support an environment that places value on creative embellishment and garnishing of food to promote an atmosphere that values presentation.

  • Communicates clearly and regularly with the day and dinner cooks.
  • Is in charge of planning and executing salad dressings; chutneys; etc.
  • Helps plan and execute special salads
  • Helps plan and execute Penland pickling.
  • Trains employees as needed in specific preparation details.
  • Specifically trains evening work study to prep breakfast bar and salad bar items.
  • Helps train PM Core student for general prep.

Equipment Maintenance: Works with the Head Chef on the smooth working of all kitchen tools and equipment.

  • Assists in the maintaining orderly systems for storage and care of all tools and equipment.
  • Assists in orderly systems for food storage, future use and disposal.
  • Assists in training staff and work/study how to use equipment safely and properly.

Annual Benefit Auction: Assists in ensuring that adequate staffing is in place to plan and produce volunteer and staff meals during the auction week

  • Coordinates meals with the person or core student leading the kitchen daily
  • Assists in planning and executing the Lucy Morgan Luncheon
  • Is instrumental in coordinating kitchen volunteers.
  • Assists plating and garnishing foods for the LCM Luncheon and the Cocktail Reception
  • Assists preparation of all foods for Penland Friends, Instructor Gatherings, and Board of Directors events.

Health Code Standards: The Prep Cook is expected to maintain the highest standards of cleanliness in the kitchen.

  • Keeps current on health code regulations.
  • Maintains good relations with health code inspectors.
  • Instructs employees in all areas of health code standards.
  • Manages daily clean-up, assists in weekly & seasonal clean-up responsibilities.

Qualifications

To perform the job successfully an individual must be able to perform the responsibilities above satisfactorily. Must have 3 years restaurant experience. Must have worked in a high volume setting with diverse menu selections. Culinary education is preferred.

Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and to work at a computer. The employee is required to use hands to finger, handle, or touch objects, tools, or controls and to talk fluently and to hear. The employee is frequently required to stand and walk. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move objects weighing up to 75 pounds. Specific vision required by this job is close vision.

Compensation

Compensation discussions are a part of the interviewing process. Penland is located about an hour northeast of Asheville, NC. Penland School of Crafts offers a unique opportunity to work in a dynamic, creative educational community and work with accomplished professionals in a mutual learning and knowledge sharing environment.

Employees at Penland enjoy competitive pay, engaging benefits and a unique work environment of creative inquiry. We have a variety of seasonal, part-time and full-time positions. Classes are offered in the spring, summer and fall with a short winter residency in January and February.

To Apply

The position will remain open until filled, however the initial review of applications will consist of applications received by February 20, 2018. Send resume and cover letter addressing relevant experience and interest in the position and contact information for at least 3 references to Sally Loftis, Human Resources Manager, Penland School of Crafts, PO Box 37, Penland, NC 28765 or hrmanager@penland.org.

 

Penland School of Crafts is an international center for craft education offering residential workshops, residencies, community education programs, and exhibitions. Located on 420 acres in the NC Mountains, Penland has 16 teaching studios and a total of 58 historic and contemporary buildings. Penland School of Crafts is an equal opportunity employer with a staff of 65. Penland operates with a $16 million endowment and an annual operating budget of $6 million.

Updated: February 7, 2018