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Cook I
The Garlands of Barrington
1000 Garlands Lane, Barrington, IL
The Garlands of Barrington hiring Cook I in Barrington, IL

The Garlands of Barrington hiring Cook I in Barrington, IL

The Garlands of BarringtonMore Info

Full Time • Hourly $14
Expired: Sep 22, 2019

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2 years

Job Details

Role Definition:

The Cook is responsible for preparing high quality meals that meet and exceed the expectations of The Garlands’ customers.  Quality and Member satisfaction is ensured by the Cook’s attention to quality control of ingredients, meal preparation, the visual presentation of all food served and accurate inventory management.


Reporting Relationship:

  • Reports directly to the Executive Chef.


Principle Accountabilities:

  • Prepares ingredients and cooks meals per Executive Chef’s instruction and visually checks the presentation of each dish served.
  • Ensures that quality, presentation and temperature of food meet and exceed the expectations of Members and their guests.
  • Cleans and sanitizes all kitchen equipment used in food preparation.
  • Provides input on menu suggestions based on ingredients in stock.
  • Prepares food, equipment, and other needed materials for special events, e.g. banquets.
  • Assists with managing inventory and communicates level of supplies for Kitchen and Dining Team Members.
  • Checks in food deliveries and ensures all food materials are put away.
  • Works collaboratively with all Team Members and takes whatever action is necessary to provide the highest level of service to all Members of The Garlands.


Performance Standards:


  • Checks quality and quantity of ingredients needed before meal preparation to ensure they are of the highest quality.
  • Checks quality, presentation and temperature of food before it leaves the kitchen to ensure they are of the highest quality.
  • Uses appropriate sanitation and safety measures and maintains a clean and orderly kitchen.
  • Maintains the appropriate temperature control of food and food storage areas.
  • Uses kitchen equipment and utensils in a safe and efficient manner.
  • Provides food and equipment for special events in keeping with The Garlands’ standards.
  • Demonstrates excellent listening skills and communicates effectively while conveying patience and understanding.
  • Treats all customers with dignity and respect and establishes a trusting relationship with them, while maintaining confidences.
  • Assists Executive Chef with month-end inventory and organizes stock in cooler and pantry with attention to FIFO (First In, First Out) system.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of The Garlands’ entire facility and directs customers appropriately, according to their needs.



  • Makes entries in the Waste Log when food expires, are improperly cooked, or go unused and must be thrown out.
  • Maintains accurate and timely information of low ingredients, missing/empty ingredients, and prep list on kitchen whiteboard.
  • Ensures all food is labeled and dated in storage.
  • Completes assignments on Daily Duty Sheets.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

  • A culinary degree and sanitation license is preferred.
  • Must have three years cooking experience in cold and hot foods, sauté or other area of expertise.
  • Must be able to maintain calm in stressful situations.
  • Must be well organized with the ability to handle a variety of responsibilities and changing priorities, while maintaining an upbeat, customer focus.
  • Must be a team-oriented individual who enjoys working collaboratively with others, creating a positive and uplifting environment, and communicating very effectively at all levels.
  • Must be detail-oriented and proactive, with the ability to take initiative, follow through and complete responsibilities with minimal supervision.
  • Must be a flexible, customer service and people oriented individual who demonstrates compassion, patience and understanding and is willing to do whatever it takes to provide the highest level of service.
  • Must be able to work a flexible schedule, including weekend and holidays.
  • Takes pride in personal appearance and professional demeanor.

Physical Requirements:

  • Must be able to walk and stand continuously.
  • Must be able to handle sharp objects and tolerate varying temperatures, especially heat.
  • Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs.

Compensation details

Comprehensive benefits package

Required Skills

Advanced Knife Handling


Food Safety Knowledge

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