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First Cook

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Posting Details

Requisition Information

Open Date
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Classification Information

Classification Title Sewanee Dining First Cook
FLSA Status Non-Exempt Hourly
Career/Pay Band NE5
Work Schedule 10 month
If Other, specify months
Full Time vs Part Time Part Time
Appointment Regular
If Term, specify number of years
Primary Function

Employee performs skilled work involved with the preparation, display and cooking of a wide array of foodstuffs for Dining Services. Work involves following and maintaining proper sanitation and insuring culinary standards are maintained. Work is performed under general supervision of a chef or food service manager.

Typical Duties & Responsibilities

Prepares and cooks a variety of menu items, Responsible for the main components of the meal served during their shift.

Coordinates food service activities to have meals and venues prepared at scheduled serving times. Sets up and breaks down serving venues.

Operates all food service equipment and machinery in a safe, proper manner.

Prepares proper amounts of each food item to insure product does not run out during the meal period and also that product is not excessively over produced.

Demonstrates positive customer service skills at all times.

Participates in cleaning, sanitizing and maintaining kitchen equipment, food preparation areas and walls/floors.

Occasionally will open /close and secure kitchen and dining facilities

Maintains all records of food prepared, served and supplies used-production forms, recipes, HACCP forms, amount of each item prepared during a meal period.

Follows recipes and food production methods set forth by the Executive Chef and the Sous Chef.

Provides guidance to second cooks on a shift. Insuring that the Second Cooks follow proper production, HACCP procedures.

Assists with orders and inventories

Assists in storeroom duties such as receiving orders, rotating stock and taking inventory

Responsible for proper practice and recording of HACCP safety and sanitation techniques. Documents food temperature control points from preparation to holding and storage.

Occasionally will finish Baked goods.

Other duties as assigned

Judgment Required Judgment and discretion as to the use of established policies are required to perform the essential duties of this position.
Budgetary Responsibility None
Machines & Equipment Used

All standard institutional kitchen equipment such as; grills, ovens, mixers, tilt skillets, choppers, griddles, charcoal grills, hot hold, cold hold, etc.

Job Specifications/Position Qualifications (minimum)


High school diploma or equivalent


2 years scratch cooking experience

Job Related Skills

Proficient knife skill food assembly and fabrication


Serv-safe certification

Personal Interaction/Communications

Student Contact

Some interaction with student dinners


Limited interaction


Limited interaction

Supervisory Responsibility

Supervision Received This position works with considerable independence and self-direction. Only general direction and scope of the work to be accomplished are discussed with supervisor.
Positions Directly Supervised

Cook II

Positions Indirectly Supervised

Food service prep and utility

Confidential Information

Confidential Information

Related personnel information

Work Environment

Working Environment

High volume kitchen production with hot cooking equipment, cold storage, sometimes slippery floors.

University Employment Information

University Information

The University of the South comprises a well-regarded College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and a distinguished School of Theology. It is an institution of the Episcopal Church that welcomes individuals of all backgrounds. The University is located on a striking, 13,000-acre campus on Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau.

EEO Statement

The University of the South is an equal opportunity educational institution that is committed to creating and maintaining a diverse and inclusive campus environment.

Employment Prescreening Eligibility for employment is contingent upon successful prescreening
Non-Discrimination Statement

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Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
Optional Documents
  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter