Lead Cook

Sarasota, FL 1400 Tenth St. 34236, 1400 Tenth St, Sarasota, Florida, United States of America Req #10451
Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Plans, prepares, cooks and serves nutritional meals and snacks in accordance with established guidelines and schedules; ensures all meals are prepared and served in a safe and presentable manner; cleans kitchen facilities, equipment, and appliances; maintains inventory of kitchen supplies and food in a neat and orderly manner.Assigns, instructs and monitors work of other cooks and food service workers.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:This job description should not be interpreted as all inclusive.It is intended to identify the essential functions and requirements of this position.The incumbents may be requested to perform job-related responsibilities and tasks other than those stated in this job description.

Cleans, cooks, and prepares a variety of foods and beverages utilizing kitchen equipment, utensils, and supplies in accordance with acceptable and economical cooking methods.

Ensures that enough food is prepared based on the number of people to be served and that food is prepared and served in a timely manner as scheduled.

Assigns, instructs, and monitors work of other cooks and food service workers; ensures meals and snacks are prepared as planned.

Plans menus and recommends purchase of food and supplies necessary for the preparation and serving of nutritional meals.

Serves food and beverages in a presentable manner.

Maintains a high degree of cleanliness in the kitchen and dining room; ensures that all meals are prepared in a safe manner; ensures all kitchen personnel practice proper personal hygiene; ensures compliance with health regulations.

Cleans utensils and kitchen appliances.

Stores, refrigerates, and freezes foods in a safe and economical manner; monitors expiration dates on all foods ensuring proper disposal of food with expired dates.

Maintains proper supply and orderliness of kitchen stock inventory in order to meet the needs of the kitchen; orders, receives, and processes food purchases; verifies that invoices are accurate and submits for further processing.


Assists in coordinating and carrying-out arrangements for programs and special events.

Supervises volunteers assisting in preparing and serving meals and cleaning of kitchen equipment.

Performs other related work as required.



Kitchen UtensilsBlenderMixerFood ProcessorKnives




High School diploma or equivalent,


Three years experience cooking food for large groups with some experience coordinating the work of other kitchen staff,


any equivalent combination of training and experience which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities.


Food Handler’s certification

Valid State driver’s license may be required


Knowledge of proper cooking methods and procedures.

Knowledge of meal planning techniques.

Knowledge of acceptable food storage and cleaning techniques.

Ability to assign, instruct, train, and monitor the work of other kitchen staff.

Ability to cook nutritional, tasteful, and safe food for large groups in a timely manner.

Ability to properly clean kitchen appliances and utensils.

Ability to order food and kitchen supplies in an economical manner and to maintain an adequate level of inventory.

Ability to drive Salvation Army trucks to pick up food.

Ability to unload and put away food.


Ability to meet attendance requirements.

Ability to read, write, and communicate the English language.

Ability to cook, taste, and smell food.

Ability to lift and carry moderately heavy (25-50 lbs.) materials, supplies, and equipment frequently.

Duties are usually performed by frequent walking and/or standing, kneeling, or squatting relieved by lesser periods of sitting.


Work is performed in a normal kitchen environment where there may be limited physical discomforts associated with working around hot stoves/ovens or cold freezers.

All employees recognize that The Salvation Army is a church and agree that they will do nothing as an employee of The Salvation Army to undermine its religious mission.

When an application is selected for review, typically, only applicants who indicate the relevant education and experience requirements, as indicated in the job description for the position, may be considered for job openings. Please FULLY complete the application, answer questions completely, honestly and to the best of your ability. Please also upload a copy of your resume (when available). Those applicants requiring accommodation to the application and/or interview process should contact a representative of the Human Resources Department at the applicable location.

We appreciate your interest in employment opportunities with The Salvation Army!

Other details

  • Job Family FL-NON-EXEMPT
  • Job Function Food Service
  • Pay Type Hourly
  • Min Hiring Rate $11.00
  • Max Hiring Rate $12.50
  • Required Education High School
  • Sarasota, FL 1400 Tenth St. 34236, 1400 Tenth St, Sarasota, Florida, United States of America