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Lead Cook (Catering)

Brown University
Providence, Rhode Island, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Apr 11, 2024

Job Details

Founded in 1764, Brown is a leading institution for education, discovery, and global intellectual progress as well as one of the largest employers in Rhode Island. Working at Brown brings more than just a paycheck and generous benefits; it offers an opportunity to contribute to a greater good. Join us in supporting the pursuit of knowledge and individual growth that defines higher education and enriches our community.

Job Description:

  • Meets all qualifications of subordinate “Cook” positions.
  • Is a skilled culinarian, capable of performing all production tasks independently, efficiently and with the highest standards.
  • Is a demonstrated leader and is effective at prioritizing, assigning, monitoring, and coordinating the timing of complex production tasks.
  • Good Knowledge and understanding of how a Catering department runs
  • Possesses a thorough understanding of, and demonstrates respect for, the interrelationships that exist in a large production environment, i.e. procurement, pre-issue, pre-production, production, holding, service, and finish cooking.
  • Be available as required for the Catering operation. (Flex Schedule) although minimal, some evening, some early morning shifts will be required.
  • Possess a willingness to promote a diverse and inclusive campus community.
  • Demonstrated ability to keep and effectively use accurate production records.
  • Demonstrates the highest standards of quality, sanitation, and safety.
  • Attains and maintains RI Food Safety Certification.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is routinely required to stand for extended periods; walk; sit, bend; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl use hands to finger, handle, slice, dice, chop, or feel objects, knives, tools or controls on kitchen equipment; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; smell, talk or hear.
  • Must occasionally lift or move products and supplies, up to 50 pounds.
  • Push and/or pull carts weighing up to 75 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
  • Must consistently utilize all Personal Protective Equipment per Brown Dining Services guidelines
  • Must wear a cut resistance glove whenever using a sharp or potentially sharp tool or instrument.
  • Frequently moves about campus to various locations for catered events.
  • Ability to tolerate heat and cold temperatures.

Possesses professional skills of all subordinate “Cook” position and practices them consistently and at a high level. Is responsible for all production on shift and works with others to assure timely completion while maintaining all department standards.

Typical tasks may include but are not limited to:
  • Assures availability of raw products and assesses pre-preparation status to accomplish day’s production; contacts appropriate person as necessary to resolve any problems.
  • Organizes and prioritizes production tasks and assigns and instructs personnel accordingly.
  • Trains, monitors, supports and works with assigned personnel to assure quality and timely productions.
  • Ensures adherence to department standards, including safety, sanitation and preventive maintenance; ensures adherence to standardized recipes.
  • Consistently checks standardized recipes for clarity, accuracy, etc.; recommends improvements. Standardize the presentation of the catering menu for quality and consistency.
  • Assures production occurs as close to service as possible; assures quality of product throughout service. Maintains all required production records.
  • Recommends changes in procedures, staffing, scheduling, etc. to increase efficiency and/or improve quality; suggests new or alternate production methods and menu offerings.
  • As a leader, promotes a team approach to tasks while demonstrating a positive, professional approach to the culinary profession and the mission of the department.
  • Maintains a neat, well-groomed, professional appearance.
  • Performs other tasks as requested.
This position works 40 hours per week, 52 weeks per year.

All offers of employment are contingent upon an education and records check satisfactory to Brown University.

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Lead Cook (Catering)


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Please note that in order to be considered an applicant for any staff position at Brown University you must submit an application form for each position for which you believe you are qualified. Applications are not kept on file for future positions. Please include a cover letter and resume with each position application.

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EEO Statement:

Brown University is an E-Verify Employer.

As an EEO/AA employer , Brown University provides equal opportunity and prohibits discrimination, harassment and retaliation based upon a person’s race, color, religion, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or any other characteristic protected under applicable law, and caste, which is protected by our University policies.


Brown University

Founded in 1764, Brown is a nonprofit leading research university, home to world-renowned faculty, and also an innovative educational institution where the curiosity, creativity and intellectual joy of students drives academic excellence.

The spirit of the undergraduate Open Curriculum infuses every aspect of the University. Brown is a place where rigorous scholarship, complex problem-solving and service to the public good are defined by intense collaboration, intellectual discovery and working in ways that transcend traditional boundaries. As a private, nonprofit institution, the University advances its mission through support from a community invested in Brown's commitment to advance knowledge and make a positive difference locally and globally.

Brown is a leading research university, where stellar faculty and student researchers deploy deep content knowledge to generate new discoveries on those issues and many more. What sets their work apart? Collectively, Brown's researchers are driven by the idea that their work will have a positive impact in the world.

Brown students and faculty are tackling the nation’s opioid crisis. Planning the next Mars landing site. Uncovering the locations of ancient civilizations. Advising world leaders on new political models. Exploring new frontiers in multimedia arts. In each of their intellectual endeavors, our scholars and researchers are uncommonly driven by the belief that their work must — and will — have an impact in their communities, in society and the world.

We are a learning community grounded in a commitment of respect for the diversity of viewpoints that is fundamentally essential to intellectual discovery. We encourage the right of all individuals to express ideas and perspectives — and we embrace the value of vigorous debate in pursuit of knowledge.

Providence, Rhode Island — Brown's home for more than two and a half centuries — is a vibrant place to live, work and study, a stimulating hub for innovation, and a city rich in cultural diversity. 

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