This position is located in the Nutrition and Food Service of a Veteran Affairs Medical Center. Nutrition and Food Services is responsible for providing meals and nutritional care to Veteran patients at the Medical Center. The primary purpose of the Cook is to prepare nutritious, high quality meals for service to the Veterans. Weighs, measures, and assembles ingredients for regular and modified diets. Cleans and sanitizes work areas and performs deep cleaning tasks when needed. Makes precise measurements and weights in in preparing recipes and portioning food. Independently prepares and cooks a variety of items in accordance to therapeutic diet needs, such as diabetic, low sodium, low protein, gluten free, etc. Uses simple arithmetic, such as multiplying and dividing ingredients in a recipe when preparing food items for the correct serving amount. Performs a full range of simple cooking by preparing and cooking items that require little or no processing. Uses a variety of methods to prepare meats, fish, and poultry including broiling, roasting, baking, frying, boiling, steaming, stewing, braising, and grilling. Follow menus, production sheets and recipes to prepare items in the quantity needed. Covers, dates, and stores food leftovers according to established local policies/procedures. Weighs, measures, and assembles ingredients for regular and modified diets. Operates industrial dish washing machine and a variety of kitchen equipment. Disassembles and reassembles equipment for cleaning. Monitors and maintains proper spacing of food products from floor, ceiling, and shelving to ensure adequate air flow and spacing of products for optimal food safety. Applies knowledge of sanitation principles to safeguard food against spoilage and waste. Follows appropriate safety procedures in operating a variety of kitchen equipment. Follows sanitary food handling procedures. Other duties as assigned. Work Schedule: 9:00am to 5:30pm; Days off to be determined. Position Description Title/PD#: Cook/PD06090A Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.