Evening Prep Cook

Evening Prep Cook

Reports to: Food Services Manager
Department: Kitchen
Supervision: none
Employment Status: Seasonal Full-time (February – November) 40 hours weekly
FLSA Status: Non-exempt/hourly

Start date:  February 21, 2022
Last Updated:  January 4, 2022

Who We Are

Penland School of Craft is an international center for craft education offering residential workshops, residencies, community education programs, and exhibitions. Located on 423 acres in the NC Mountains, Penland has 16 teaching studios and 60 historic and contemporary buildings. We are an equal opportunity employer with a staff of 70 and serve 1500 students and 14,000 visitors annually. Penland operates with a $54 million endowment and an annual operating budget of $6.7 million. We are located about an hour northeast of Asheville, NC.  Our mission supports individual and artistic growth through creative practice and discovery. 


Commitment to Equity,  Diversity, and Inclusion

We believe that equity, diversity, and inclusion are essential to fulfilling our mission. We want to inspire and nurture the human spirit, and we value the perspectives and contributions of all people. We want the Penland experience to include varied ideas, world views, and personal characteristics. Penland is committed to being a community that welcomes and respects everyone regardless of age, ability, ethnicity, race, religion, philosophical or political beliefs, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, nationality, geographic origin, and socioeconomic status. We are committed to providing an environment free of discrimination. 


Position Summary

The prep cook reports to the food services manager and is responsible for the 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. 

Primary Responsibilities

  • 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 special salads and salad dressings; chutneys; etc.
  • Helps plan and execute Penland pickling. 
  • Helps coordinate and train employees, evening work-study, volunteers, and Core students on specific and general food prep, and equipment use and safety. 
  • Coordinates meals with the person or core student leading the kitchen daily.
  • Works with the Head Chef on the smooth operation and maintenance of all kitchen tools and equipment ensuring an orderly system for food storage and care of all tools and equipment.
  • Supports all special events including the annual auction, instructor gatherings, gallery openings, board of director events, and the Lucy Morgan Luncheon. Works with volunteers to plan and produce both volunteer and staff meals during the auction week. 
  • Ensure a high standard of cleanliness in the kitchen to meet health code standards. Keeps current on health code regulations.
  • Maintains good relations with health code inspectors and Instructs employees in all areas of health code standards.
  • Manages daily clean-up, assists in weekly & seasonal clean-up responsibilities.
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Must have 3 years of restaurant experience. 
  • Must have worked in a high-volume setting with diverse menu selections. 
  • Culinary education is preferred but not required.
  • Must be able to perform the responsibilities above satisfactorily. 
  • Must have clear communication skills and the ability to teach others.
  • Must be able to work well with others and help create a positive team environment with support staff and other departments.
  • Must be able to work a schedule approximately 11:30 am – 7:30 pm daily. Occasionally this position may be asked to work a weekend or holiday. 
  • Must have a  commitment to uphold and implement Penland’s mission, educational philosophy, and diversity & inclusivity statement

Physical Demands

The employee is frequently required to use hands to finger, handle, or touch objects, tools, or controls and talk fluently and hear. The employee is frequently required to stand and to walk in areas of the campus with uneven terrain. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move objects weighing up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision. 


This position pays $13.50  per hour for 40 hours per week from February through November working a total of 1560 hours per year.  Employees at Penland enjoy attractive full-time benefits, and a lively, creative work environment. 


To Apply

The position will remain open until filled; This position will start at the beginning of the spring season, February 21, 2022.  To apply, send an email of interest, résumé, and contact information for three references to Alyse Ostreicher, Human Resources Manager, employment@penland.org. Please include Evening Prep Cook as the subject of your email.