Vanderbilt University Cook's Assistant - Prep Cook PYS in Nashville, Tennessee

Cook's Assistant - Prep Cook PYS (Job Number: 1801571)


The Cook Assistant is responsible for assisting in the preparation of foods as assigned by the management, Sr. Cook, Cook, Leads using standardized recipes and procedures. The ideal candidate for this position will have previous experience working as a prep cook, enjoy working in a busy, high volume

kitchen atmosphere, have a positive attitude, and be capable of taking direction well and multi-taking effectively.

The pay rate is $13.00/hr. Flexible schedule desired.

Vanderbilt Campus Dining takes pride in the culinary creations served from our

kitchens. Our Dining program is highly decorated, the winner of many prestigious awards in the food service industry, including Best On-Site Food Service Operation in the Nation, Best Food Service Operator, the prestigious Ivy Award, and many more.

We have 4 main dining centers,10 restaurants and cafes, 6 convenience stores,

and we employ over 300 employees.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Assist in the preparation of foods as assigned by the management, Sr. Cook, Cook, Leads using standardized recipes and procedures.

  • Wash, cut, prepare a variety of vegetables, slice and portion meats.

  • Prepare mise en place for recipes and/ or prepare recipes

  • Perform other related duties as assigned by the leadership, such as deep-fat frying and grill cooking, sauté, wok steaming, etc.

  • Assist and understand the weighing and measuring of ingredients.

  • Assist in placing prepared foods into pans to be served on the hot line, garnish appropriately

  • Taste foods to determine their quality, texture, consistency, and taste.

  • Grill a variety of proteins for preparation or serving.

  • Perform basic knife cuts on meats, fruits and vegetables.

  • Transport foods from dry and refrigerated storage to kitchen as needed.

  • Follow daily production sheets and record items if necessary.

  • Assists in the assembly and set-up/break down of serving areas.

  • Perform other duties as assigned within classification.

Safety and Sanitation:

  • Maintain temperature logs and take temperatures of food regularly and record data as instructed by management.

  • Maintain quality and sanitary standards of State and City Health Departments and Vanderbilt Campus Dining codes.

  • Maintain clean and orderly work area and complete other general cleaning duties, such as mopping/sweeping floors and emptying trash cans and clean equipment.

  • Report to management any safety hazards and equipment in need of repair.

  • Assists in keeping the kitchen, refrigerators and store rooms sanitary and orderly by cleaning utensils, equipment, fixtures and work areas.

Customer Service:

  • Work in a team-driven environment, take direction, offer direction and assist with problem-solving.

  • Greet customers entering dining location and follow FRESH customer service guidelines.

Physical requirements:

  • Ability to lift at least 50 lbs. regularly

  • Ability to bend, stoop and kneel while stocking shelves

About Vanderbilt University

Vanderbilt is a renowned private institution founded in 1873 and located in the heart of Nashville, Tennessee. The university’s students, faculty, and staff frequently cite Nashville and the surrounding area as one of the many perks of being a part of the Vanderbilt community. Vanderbilt University is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded, and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity is sought and celebrated. It is a place where employees know they are part of something bigger than themselves, take exceptional pride in their work and never settle for what was good enough yesterday. Vanderbilt was recently named the “best large employer” in Tennessee and a top employer for women by Forbes , ranked #1 in the Princeton Review among 384 top colleges and universities for having the best financial aid in the nation – as well as #3 for “happiest students,” “quality of life” and “beautiful campus,” #4 for both being in a “college city that students love” and for having “great campus/city relations.”

About Vanderbilt Benefits

In addition to offering a lively community that encourages learning and celebrates diversity, Vanderbilt University offers a competitive, flexible benefits package including health, dental, vision, life, accidental death & dismemberment, disability insurance, paid time off, and a 403(b) retirement plan with employer match. Vanderbilt offers tuition assistance to employees, spouses and dependent children. Also, after five years of service, Vanderbilt will pay up to 55% of the tuition for up to three dependent children to earn a bachelor's degree. Learn more about Vanderbilt's benefits at VU Benefits Overview at .

This position requires a High School Diploma or GED and 6 Months of experience or the equivalent.

Primary Location: United States-Tennessee-Nashville

Organization: 36543 - The Pub

Job: Service/Maintenance Staff

Vanderbilt University is committed to principles of equal opportunity and affirmative action