Head Cook (Bilingual) #SWWR

Southwest Key Programs

Job Category
Restaurant/Food Service
Posted : 2023-07-03

The Head Cook is responsible for food preparation for the clients during his/her shift. The Head Cook will also be responsible for supervising all kitchen staff.

Essential Functions:

- Supervise all kitchen staff and ensure effective operations in the kitchen amongst employees.

- Prepare quality food for clients.

- Assistance in menu preparation to ensure compliance with specified standards and recommendations by the American Dietetic Association, funding source, State licensing, NSLP and Southwest Key guidelines.

- Maintain a clean, safe and hazard-free dining room and kitchen facility.

- Ensure the kitchen is in compliance with health department standards.

- Assist in maintaining inventory for food purchases and equipment including monitoring monthly waste control.

- Enter menus into NSLP data base.

Other Functions:

  • Wash pots, pans, dishes, utensils, and other cooking equipment.
  • Apportion and serve food to facility residents.

Able to react to change productively and handle other essential tasks as assigned.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Three (3) to five (5) years experience in food service preparation within a residential, institutional or educational, or large restaurant setting.
  • Experience in managing other employees.
  • Food handler’s permit.
  • Cleared Tuberculosis test results.
  • Cleared background check from appropriate entity.
  • (English/Spanish)
  • Cleared drug test results (this one is for Texas programs only).
  • Must be at least 21 years of age at the time of hire.

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $62,296.00 per year


  • 401(k)
  • Dental insurance
  • Health insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Vision insurance


  • 10 hour shift
  • 8 hour shift
  • Day shift
  • Night shift

Weekly day range:

  • Weekend availability


  • Food preparation in restaurant: 2 years (Required)
  • supervising: 1 year (Required)


  • Culinary certification (Required)

Work Location: In person

Job Location
Tucson, Arizona, United States
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