Assistant Lead Cook

Assistant Lead Cook 

Salary: Contact for Salary
Status: 32 to 40 hours a week
Reporting to: Steve Kruse, Kitchen Manager
Start Date: June 1, 2022 to December 31, 2022 with possibility of extension


This position is staffed by an experienced and creative whole foods-oriented cook, to assist the Ashram’s Lead Cook/Kitchen Manager by cooking buffet-style lunches and suppers that are simple, nutritionally-balanced, tasty, and seasonally-responsive.

Professional Qualities

The position requires cooking in a nutritionally aware vegetarian style and planning meals in a balanced approach. The position requires ability to organize and lead a community kitchen based on harmony, open communication and team work. The Lead Cook/Kitchen Manager will support you in this role.

We expect you to respect the values of the community, bringing quality, care and harmony into the workplace, setting the tone and helping establish the professional standards necessary for a quality-oriented food service operation. This includes:

  • communicating well with kitchen staff and Ashram managers;
  • taking the initiative to work out difficulties and differences in an open and constructive manner;
  • being flexible and steady in handling changing circumstances;
  • being informed about the purpose of the Ashram and supporting this purpose in the day-to-day activities of the kitchen.

Duties & Responsibilities:

The Assistant Cook is responsible for assisting the Lead Cook/Kitchen Manager in all aspects of the kitchen, from menu planning and ordering to cooking and serving buffet-style lunches and dinners for an Ashram diet based on whole grains, vegetables and fruit with the occasional use of dairy, fish and chicken that is:

  1. healthy and nutritionally balanced;
  2. good-tasting;
  3. seasonally-responsive;
  4. simple and well presented, honouring the natures and flavours of the foods.

This includes the following:

  • Prepare foods according to prescribed menus and recipes or lead cooks’ instructions
  • Follow established schedules in cooking, baking, sanitation, and related activities
  • Determine proper cooking times and temperatures
  • Assist in inventory of supplies, ingredients, and other consumables
  • Demonstrate continuous effort to improve operations, streamline work processes and to work cooperatively as a member of the kitchen team
  • Coordinate multiple preparations of menu items at the same time

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