CLASS TITLE: Cook's Helper
GENERAL STATEMENT OF DUTIES:
To work as a helper to a cook or baker by performing simple tasks in the preparation of foods and beverages (hot or cold) in a kitchen of a state institution; or, to perform food services duties in a dining room or cafeteria served by this kitchen; to work in the food preparation areas or to operate the pan and rack washing machine in the central food processing plant; or to perform those duties necessary to maintain cleanliness in the kitchen and related areas; and to do related work as required.
To work under the close supervision of a superior from whom are received detailed and explicit instructions; work is reviewed for compliance with such instructions.
As required, may supervise the work of patient or inmate help.
ILLUSTRATIVE EXAMPLES OF WORK PERFORMED:
As assigned to work as helper under the close supervision of a cook by performing such duties as:
To wash, peel, chop, dice, or grind vegetables, fruits, and other foods for cooking or for salads; to do other simple work in food preparation such as: making toast, coffee, tea, chocolate; preparing cereal, cooking eggs; making sandwiches; stirring soup; boiling potatoes or other vegetables; to assemble diet trays and as instructed arranges food thereon to be served to patients; loads food onto food trucks or places food in receptacles in steam tables; to set up dining tables for service; and as required to serve food to persons in a cafeteria from steam tables; to collect trays, soiled dishes, cutlery, glassware, etc. after meals and to dispose (swill) of scrap or leftover foods; to wash dishes manually or in an automatic dishwashing machine and to wash cutlery and glassware and to put them in their designated places for reuse; to clean and wash food trucks, dishwashing machines; iceboxes, walk-in refrigerators and other kitchen equipment and utensils; to clean and wash down the kitchen cafeteria and related dining areas; and to do related work as required.
As assigned to work as a helper under the close supervision of a baker by performing such duties as:
To assemble materials and to weigh, measure, and as instructed mix ingredients by hand or in an electric powered mixing machine; to roll dough, and fill pans with dough or batter; to place good to be baked in, and remove them from ovens; to perform such tasks as carrying materials to a baker or to machines, depositing ingredients in containers, greasing pans, lining pans with greased paper or other appropriate lining; to move racks or rack trucks of dough and/or batter, or baked goods to and from ovens; to clean bakery areas and related equipment and utensils; and to do related work as required.
As assigned to work in the central food processing plant by performing such duties as:
to work as a helper to cooks, bakers and meat cutters in performing such tasks as assembling, portioning, packaging and transporting of materials, to operate a pan and rack washing machines; to wash pots and pans; to clean work areas and refrigerators; and to do related work as required.
REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS FOR APPOINTMENT:
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND CAPACITIES:
A familiarity with the methods and procedures applied in the cooking or baking of food, and in food service and in cleaning of kitchen or bakery areas; the ability to understand and follow simple verbal or written directions; the ability to exercise care in the handling, washing, drying and storing of cooking or baking equipment, and glassware; and related capacities and abilities.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
Sufficient to follow simple verbal directions; and
Such as may have been gained through employment as a helper in a kitchen or bakery in a hospital, hotel or restaurant which required the performance of routine work in food preparation, food service and various tasks incidental to the preparation of food in a kitchen or bakery, and food service in a dining room or cafeteria.
OR- any combination of education and experience that shall be substantially equivalent to the above education and experience.