Third Cook

New Hampshire, United States
Salary Not Specified
May 27, 2021
Employment Type
Part Time
Position Purpose

Supports other cooks in ensuring the consistent and timely production, quality and quantity of the food to be served in the residential dining halls.

This position is considered “Essential Personnel” in the event that:

  • an emergency occurs on the PEA Campus or in the vicinity that would impact PEA;
  • inclement weather forces the closing of campus or;
  • other emergency events deemed appropriate.

Essential Personnel are required to report to or remain at work if instructed to do so if contacted directly by the supervisor (or his/her designee), the Principal or a member of the Principal’s Staff (Leadership Team).

Key Accountabilities

Meals/Customer Service

  • Work collaboratively with other cooks to ensure quality and quantity of food service production
  • Follow menus, recipes and standardized worksheets in the production of meals.
  • Ensure that all foods are produced and served in accordance with HAACP standards, policies and procedures.
  • Ensure portion control, batch cooking and proper utilization of leftovers.
  • Work with other cooks to maintain adequate supply of menu items through the meal period.
  • Assist with the proper sanitation of work areas, kitchen equipment and all kitchen surfaces including (but not limited to) walk-in and reach-in refrigerators, floors, walls, shelving, drawers, exhaust hoods, etc.
  • Work in the dish room, kitchen or dining room as assigned.


  • Observe all safety and ServSafe policies/procedures regarding proper handling and labeling of food and equipment while preparing, serving and storing food.
  • Practice proper cleaning/sanitation procedures for all kitchen equipment and observe all MSDS policies/ procedures for safety and sanitation.
Degree of Independent Action Performed

Incumbent works under the guidance of the First Cook, Assistant Manager, and Dining Manager, but is expected to work with a high level of independence and autonomy, and exercise a high degree of initiative, influence, and judgment in decisions impacting staff and department operations.

Expected to solve problems or address issues that require immediate attention.

Direct/Indirect Reports


Internal & External Contacts

Frequent contact with students, Dean of Students office, PEA administrative and academic offices, faculty, coaches, and staff. External contacts may include parents, outside organizations, visitors and local community neighbors.

Position Requirements


  • High school diploma or GED required.
  • Some college experience helpful.
  • ServSafe certification is required. Must be able to obtain certificate within 60 days of hire (attend required class and pass test).


  • 1-year experience in these duties or a culinary school/ program.
  • Experience in an academic institution preferred.
  • Experience working with adolescents in an educational setting preferred.

Skills & Knowledge

  • Must be able to read and understand recipes, and be able to perform math calculations to convert recipes and measures
  • Must be familiar with kitchen equipment, materials and methods used in cooking, and care of utensils and equipment.
  • Ability to work safely with knives and kitchen equipme
  • Must demonstrate knowledge of high standards of kitchen cleanliness.
  • Ability to perform basic math computations and follow recipes.
  • Ability to correctly identify product.
  • Must possess knowledge and commit to health and safety procedures with food handling and preparation.
  • Practices excellent personal hygiene habits; follows and adheres to uniform standards da
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule including extended hours, weekends, and holida
  • Ability to function in a fast-paced environment and under short time constraints.
  • Must possess excellent guest service and hospitality skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills with ability to develop and maintain collegial relationships.
  • Excellent communication (written and verbal) skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work with students by building trust and credibility.
  • Excellent analytical and problem solving skills as well as a strong customer focus.
  • A strict adherence to confidential policies is required.
  • Ability to work independently and handle multiple priorities and deadlines simultaneously.
  • Possess basic computer skills.
  • Willingness and ability to learn additional applications as needed.
  • High degree of organizational skills with the ability to be flexible and multi-task with accuracy.
  • Ability to follow verbal and written directions, maintain a professional demeanor and restraint at all times, including stressful situations.
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusivity and to serving the needs of a diverse and inclusive community with diplomacy and tact.
Physical Requirements

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

  1. Physical demands are in excess of those for sedentary work and will require the ability to remain standing for extended periods of time, go up and down flights of steps, lift and push heavy objects as well as stoop, squat, bend, kneel, crouch, and lift.
  2. Ability and dexterity to grasp and grip and safely operate commercial kitchen equipment.
  3. Ability to lift and transport up to 50lbs without assistance
  4. Reaching by extending hand(s) or arm(s) in any direction.
  5. Finger dexterity required to manipulate objects with fingers rather than with whole hand(s) or arm(s), for example using a keyboard.
  6. Communication skills using the spoken and written word.
  7. Ability to see with normal parameters.
  8. Ability to hear within normal range.
  9. Ability to work under a range of temperature conditions such as withstanding exposure to extreme heat in the kitchen or extreme cold from freezers.
Additional Requirements
  1. Successfully complete a criminal background check (reviewed every 5 years).
  2. Clean Driving record (reviewed annually).
  3. Successfully complete a pre-employment physical/health screening examination, which may include a drug screening.
  4. Must consistently wear assigned uniform and equipment and adhere to the appearance guidelines.

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