Job Description

The Head/1st Cook position is responsible for planning and directing food preparation and cooking activities. Also estimate food requirements, and labour costs, demonstrate new equipment, prepare and cook meals and specialty foods including dishes for customers with food allergies or intolerance. Instructing 2nd Cooks and kitchen helpers in preparation, garnishing and presentation of food and teaching new cooking techniques. Ensure quality of food and portion control, create new recipes, requisition food and kitchen supplies and equipment, schedule staff, and supervise cooks and kitchen staff.

Job Qualifications

Minimum 5 years’ experience being a Head Cook or 1st Cook
Speak, read and write English
Cook Trade Certification, Cook Red Seal Certificate, Food Safe Certificate, WHIMIS
Completion of High School
Experience in planning and directing food preparation and cooking, estimate food requirements and labour
Experience in maintaining records of food costs, consumption, sales and inventory
Team player and are able to provide support, motivation and encouragement to others
Works safely and responsibly
Strong knowledge and experience with Microsoft Office applications such as Outlook, Excel and Word
Excellent attention to detail and well developed organizational skills
Strong work ethic with an ability to work independently and in a team environment
Maintain a professional appearance at all times.

General Duties and Responsibilities

Provides first class customer service, kitchen and facility cleanliness and quality foods
Prepare and cook complete buffet style meals or individual dishes and foods consistent with Landsea Camp Services menu plan
Baking a wide variety of foods, snacks and desserts
Prepare and cook special meals for clients as instructed by Landsea
Coordinate and manage buffet service or plate service
Schedule and supervise kitchen helpers
Oversee kitchen operations
Follow Food Safe requirements
Maintain inventory and records of food, supplies and equipment
Plan menus, determine size of food portions, estimate food requirements and costs, and monitor and order supplies
Training new kitchen and dining room staff
Prepare weekly food orders and input or process as directed by Landsea
Clean-up workspace surfaces, appliances, buffet lines, pots, pans, dishes and all food related equipment and supplies
Maintain and upkeep of kitchen and dining room equipment

Kitchen AM

Turn required appliances on and prepare for use. Turn on steam table and heat lamp for plate ware
Start coffee
Prepare potatoes, breakfast meats
Set-up eggs and omelette station and special egg (if specified)
Prepare hot cereal and breakfast accompaniments.
Prepare bus bins for used plate ware, cutlery tub and scrap food bin
Direct / assist Kitchen Helper in dining room and dry breakfast line
Set-up and serve buffet line
Clean up breakfast buffet line, dining room, dry breakfast line and lunch table, pots, pans, dishes and cutlery
Start soup and set-up up for lunch

Kitchen PM (plan a day in advance for planning and thawing)

Start prep for dinner working off of menu plan: three proteins (1st line meat, 2nd line meat, 3rd line entrée), two vegetable, two starch, selection of salads, breads, desserts
Turn on steam table and heat lamp for plate ware
Make sure desserts and salads are ready to go
Prepare serving utensils for hot foods, cold foods and buffet line
Prep bus bins for used plate ware, cutlery tub and scrap food bin
Direct / assist Kitchen Helper in dining room set-up and salad and dessert table
Set-up main buffet (All foods ready 15 minutes before designated time)
Maintain buffet line cleanliness during full service buffet (wear latex gloves, hats or hair nets)
Clean up dinner buffet line, dining room, dry breakfast line and lunch table, pots, pans, dishes and cutlery
Wrap and put away all foods, label date and cool appropriately
Remove garbage, waste and other
Clean all surfaces with sanitizing solution sweep and mop floors and do general tidy of workspace and dining room and coolers and consolidate where possible
Final prep or planning for next day