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Hollywood Food Coalition
5939 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028, United States
Hollywood Food Coalition hiring Cook in Los Angeles, CA

Hollywood Food Coalition hiring Cook in Los Angeles, CA

Hollywood Food CoalitionMore Info

Full Time • Hourly (Based on Experience)
Expired: Aug 31, 2022

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Required Years of Experience

2 years


Job Details

Organization Description: 

Hollywood Food Coalition (HoFoCo)  is a mission-driven non-profit organization addressing issues around homelessness and poverty in the Hollywood area of Los Angeles. HoFoCo has four areas of operation: Community Dinner, Community Exchange, Community Wellness and Community Building.  Our Community Dinner is the bedrock of our organization’s 35 year history of providing assistance to our most vulnerable community members.


Position Summary

We are looking for a creative cook to work with our head chef and volunteers in our busy and growing Community Dinner program. 

Do you like not knowing what you are going to cook each day? Do you enjoy creating new dishes on the fly and figuring out how to use unique ingredients in healthy and delicious ways? Do you like working with new people each day and guiding them in the preparation of different parts of our dinner? Do you like the challenge of creating a fun, collaborative cooking environment that results in an engaging volunteer experience and beautiful, succulent vegetarian, vegan and protein options for our 200 + nightly dinner guests?  If so, this could be a match made in heaven for you and us. 


Hollywood Food Coalition is an organization with very deep community ties.  Our nightly Community Dinner is overseen by our head chef and small staff supported by a robust group of different volunteers each day who assist with meal preparation and meal service.  All the food used to prepare our nightly meal is recovered from food producers, grocery stores, farms, restaurants, bakeries, wholesalers and caterers. Non-perishable items are donated through community drives. All food is received and stored at our Community Exchange Program location and supplied daily to our kitchen location. We don’t know what we will be receiving each day at the Exchange. We receive raw ingredients and prepared foods and have to figure out ways to use them. We are committed to reducing food waste of all kinds.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Help create new menu items, guided by our head chef, using food that comes to us in all forms. Must embrace the creativity of functioning in a style that is unusual for professionally trained chefs.( For models, look at Massimo Bottura’s Food For Soul www.foodforsoul.it and his book Bread is Gold.)
  2. Lead our volunteers on weekends to prepare our dinner. Must be comfortable welcoming new people to the kitchen and assigning meal preparation tasks to them.  Our weekend service is smaller than our week day service, requiring preparation for approximately 100 people.
  3. Weekend menus created  will vary each week depending on available ingredients.  Vegan and/or vegetarian options are part of each day’s menu.
  4. Monitor and direct weekend staff and volunteers from meal prep through service.
  5. Assist with maintaining quality control during meal preparation and service
  6. Assist with  daily inventory and ordering from the Community Exchange
  7. Report any needed repairs or maintenance of kitchen appliances to head chef
  8. Maintain a clean kitchen and follow all state food safety and sanitation laws
  9. Assist head chef with tracking, recording, and maintaining inventory stock as needed,  including foods, beverages, and kitchen supplies in conjunction with the Community Exchange 
  10. Must be comfortable serving the homeless and vulnerable guests who come to us each night.

Preferred Requirements and Qualifications
  • 2 years experience in a professional kitchen
  • Passionate about cooking  with a great palette and sense of presentation.
  • Experience in a busy kitchen with some managerial experience is preferred.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and work well in an environment with time constraints.
  • Ability to help train and develop staff  and volunteers and build team morale.
  • Ability to troubleshoot effectively.
  • California Food Handlers Certification (SevSafe)  
  • Excellent time management and organizational skills
  • Must be able to represent the mission and vision of the organization to the volunteers and community that joins us each day. 

Required Skills

  • Advanced Knife Skills
  • Recipe Knowledge and Development
  • Food Safety Knowledge
  • Safety Procedures Knowledge
  • Kitchen Equipment Maintenance


Compensation Details

Compensation: Hourly (Based on Experience)

Benefits & Perks: Health Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, Paid Time Off


Required Skills

Knife Skills

Time Management

Recipe Development

Food Safety Knowledge

Safety Procedures Knowledge

Kitchen Equipment Maintenance


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Californian, American

Non-Profit, Charity

Our mission is to feed and serve the immediate needs of the hungry every night of the year so they can build better lives.

Our vision is a city where everyone has food, community, and support.