Mid-Ohio Food Collective

Lead Cook Jobs at Mid-Ohio Food Collective

Lead Cook Jobs at Mid-Ohio Food Collective

Sample Lead Cook Job Description

Lead Cook


The Mid-Ohio Food Collective (MOFC) is looking for a Lead Cook to join our Kitchen Team. This position will be responsible for the preparation and meal service for our Caf├ęs, mobile kitchen, community meals, catering jobs, and Mid-Ohio Markets. The successful candidate for this position must be at least 18 years of age.


  • Utilize a variety of kitchen tools and equipment to perform multiple forms of hot and cold food preparation.
  • Prepare food items in quantities according to the daily prep list with consistent quality and adherence to all state and local safety standards.
  • Follow recipes, production, portion, and presentation standards.
  • Set up and maintain a prepared and sanitary work area according to sanitation and food handling standards.
  • Operate, maintain, and properly clean ALL kitchen equipment.
  • Maintain all appropriate logs related to cooking, reheating, sanitation, time, and temperature.
  • Utilize proper receiving, rotation, and storage procedures to ensure safe food handling and wholesomeness of product.
  • Notify Kitchen Manager in advance of likely shortages before meal services and large batch preparations.
  • Ensure that each customer receives outstanding service by providing a guest friendly environment when working directly with customers and maintaining outstanding standards, and all times whether working directly or indirectly with customers.
  • Maintain a positive and professional attitude and be flexible to shifting priorities.
  • Maintain a neat and professional appearance and always observe personal cleanliness rules.
  • Commitment to dependability and attendance standards.
  • Willingness to work with volunteers to guide them ensuring that food and personal safety standards are adhered to.
  • Possess a passion for producing delicious and nutritive food.
  • Willingness to train other staff members as a mentor for future leaders.
  • Ability to assist Kitchen Manager in ALL areas and aspects of the kitchen.
  • Assume responsibilities for opening and closing the kitchen.
  • Exhibit MOFC core values and dedication to the overall mission.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Education and Certifications: High School Diploma/GED Required. Food Safety Certification (provided by Mid-Ohio Food Collective). Highly preferred Culinary Arts Degree from an accredited culinary program.

Experience: 1-2 years kitchen leadership experience in a high volume, complex foodservice operation. High-touch, customer service experience is desirable. Non-profit experience is a plus.

Skills/Competencies: Must have good customer skills, mathematical skills, strong communication and organizational skills. Manual dexterity, advanced knife handling skills, and kitchen equipment handling experience. Ability to use computerized food ordering and planning system and experience with Microsoft applications. Ability to work effectively and efficiently both independently and in a team environment. Ability to manage challenges and conflict in a professional manner. Ability to pass a drug screen and mobility/lift assessment.


In this position, there is regular exposure to work near moving mechanical parts. There is also occasional exposure to wet or humid conditions (non-weather) as well as extreme cold or heat (non-weather). The noise level is usually moderate but could increase to high. Must be able to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision. Regularly required to stand, walk, use hands; talk/hear and taste. Frequently required to reach with hands and arms; climb or balance and stoop, kneel or crouch. These tasks must be able to be performed for up to eight hours a day. Some night and weekend work may be required.

The Mid-Ohio Food Collective is a Drug-Free Workplace.

This job description is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of accountabilities, duties, responsibilities of requirements. Any individual may be required to perform any other job-related activities or functions requested by his/her manager, subject to reasonable accommodation. Mid-Ohio Food Collective reserves the right to modify this job description to reflect changes in essential job duties made necessary by changing organizational needs.

Mid-Ohio Food Collective is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, veteran status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, or disability (in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act) with respect to employment opportunities.

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