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Lead Line Cook

Rhode Island School of Design
Rhode Island, United States
Salary Not Specified
Start date
Jul 26, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Professional Fields, Other Professional Fields, Administrative, Business & Administrative Affairs, Auxiliary Services, Food Services Management
Employment Type
Full Time
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Job Summary

RISD Dining is actively seeking a Lead Line Cook to join its in-house dining and catering program. Be a part of the group that delivers exceptional hospitality by supporting local farms through seasonally-inspired menus, and utilizing the strengths of its staff to provide the absolute best in culinary artistry to the greater community.

While RISD Dining welcomes all applicants who meet the minimum qualifications for this role, we are especially interested in candidates who have advanced culinary education, as well as prior experience working in a commissary production kitchen and/or catering environment; executing upon seasonal menus and using Menu Management systems; recipe testing and updating and/or writing; and experience with authentic cookery of international cuisines, especially Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Indian, Middle Eastern, Spanish, and Latino.

Lead Line Cooks actively participate in the production of well-prepared food items, adhering to a wide variety of recipes and menus as determined by the Executive Chef. They provide direction to shift in the absence of Culinary Production Supervisor; oversee closing responsibilities as necessary; maintain cleanliness of kitchen, including all preparation and serving areas, with strict attention to sanitation procedures; and actively participate in a team setting, with keen attention to customer service, and to culinary and visual detail in support of Dining’s mission.

Essential Functions

In support of Dining and Catering’s mission and values, the incumbent may be called upon to perform any one or a combination of the following functions listed below:

  • Responsible for pre-preparation work necessary to facilitate production in a timely manner for meal periods and catering. Responsible for hands-on production work, following recipes and preparing items using appropriate equipment as per recipe specifications, including frying, grilling, baking, steaming, broiling and sauté. Works with Executive Chef and Culinary Production Supervisors to develop and maintain late night menu items and specials.

  • Ensures all health code procedures are followed, including but not limited to temperature management, personal hygiene and sanitation. Anticipates customer volumes and service requirements, using good judgment in regards to volume of items being prepared at any given time.

  • Routinely consults with supervisor and others regarding prepared items, with particular attention to quality of overall appearance, flavor, nutrition and presentation. Checks to ensure description and menus accurately reflect offerings. Receives and provides constructive feedback.

  • Responsible for opening and/or closing the operation to include setting up and breaking down, cleaning the food line, and rotating food in accordance with health code laws. Ensures that all opening and closing duties are properly performed. This includes completing all time/temperature logs, ensuring dish area is clean and orderly, equipment has been turned off and cleaned, and all garbage has been removed. Ensures dining room and serving equipment are properly cleaned and re-stocked for (next) day service. Provides guidance to the morning or evening Dining Room Attendants. Secures all cash for the next day deposits, locking all safes and securing cabinets, or if opening verifies draw counts. Opens the doors for services and/or closes dining unit’s door and shuts off lights and fans.

  • Maintains cleanliness of all cooking areas, equipment, refrigerators and freezers.

  • Alerts management/supervisory staff when stock is needed. May be required to place orders as needed.

Required Knowledge/Skills/Experience

  • Associates degree in Culinary Arts preferred or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

  • Minimum of two years of progressively responsible experience, including some supervisory experience, in a fast-paced, high volume restaurant or institutional food service setting with high quality standards.

  • Strong oral communication skills required, including the ability to effectively communicate with diverse and multilingual populations.

  • Ability to work effectively independently and in a team setting.

  • Basic computer skills or willingness and ability to learn.

  • Rhode Island sanitation/ServSafe certification is required or must be attained within orientation and review period.

Valued but not required skills and experience:

Preference for any one of, or a combination of, the following:

  • Additional culinary education;

  • Prior experience working in a commissary production kitchen and/or catering environment;

  • Executing upon seasonal menus

  • Experience using Menu Management systems;

  • Recipe testing and updating and/or writing;

  • Experience with authentic cookery of international cuisines, especially Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Indian, Middle Eastern, Spanish, and Latino.

  • A valid driver's license and safe driving record.



Work Schedule

Full-time, 40 hours per week. Five days per week, hours vary. Coverage is seven days per week (two days off) while school is in session and can include daytime, evening, and weekend hours.

All dining and catering staff are considered essential personnel to the school and are therefore required to attend work even when the school is closed.

Employment Status (Temp, Term, On-call, etc)

Regular, Full-Time



Documents Needed to Apply


Cover Letter (strongly preferred)

Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please upload all required documents.

The successful candidate will be required to meet our pre-employment background screening requirements.

For certain positions, RISD is currently supporting remote work arrangements due to the pandemic. When work resumes in person, employees are expected to perform work on campus.

RISD recognizes diversity and inclusivity as fundamental to its learning community and integral to an art and design education. We welcome candidates whose experience has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. RISD is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetics, or any other protected characteristic as established by law.

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