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Providence Cook - Cafeteria *Up to $2,000 Hiring Bonus* in Portland, Oregon


Providence is calling a Cook - Cafeteria (1.0 FTE, Day) to Providence Portland Medical Center in Portland, OR

$2,000 Sign-on Bonus for eligible external candidates who meet all conditions for payment - this is in addition to the fantastic benefits and compensation package offered by Providence that begin on your first day of employment

Apply today! Applicants that meet qualifications will receive a text message with some additional questions from our Modern Hire system .

We are seeking a Cook - Cafeteria that will provide courteous, friendly food service to a variety of user groups including employees, visitors, physicians, and patients. Primary focus will be on preparing hot and cold food items using a variety of prep and production cooking equipment, following scratch recipes and department specifications. This position uses experience and knowledge of proper food handling techniques to prep items used in their area, to serve all food service guests and will be responsible to set up, stock, and clean service areas.

In this position you will have the following responsibilities:

  • Prep, prepare and produce large quantities of entrées, starches, vegetables, soups, sauces, sandwiches, french fries, specialty features, and salads on a daily basis from a large cycle menu

  • Serve on-line as appropriate and may be called to batch cook various menu items, anticipating cooking and finishing off lead times for highly fluctuating volumes

  • Prepare individual plates/orders according to customer preferences, preparing both hot and cold menu selections, and using a variety of different cooking equipment including a range top, oven, steamer, combi-ovens, microwave, gas broiler, grill, fryer, cheese melter, cold prep table, induction burners

  • Read and follow recipes as directed by department standards

  • Be able to trouble shoot food and recipe issues when reviewing next day menu

  • Interpret and anticipate potential problems or errors and work with their immediate supervisor to find appropriate solutions.

  • Daily and consistently organizes, stocks, labels and dates all stored items

  • Constantly clean, sanitize food areas and equipment including production, service and all appropriate storage areas

  • Ensure food is stored at proper temperatures and is rotated as per department standards and FIFO principles


Required qualifications for this position includes:

  • Education to meet certification, license or registration requirement

  • Valid County Health Department Food Handlers Certificate - OR - Serv Safe Certification is at the time of hire

  • Three (3) years of working in a high volume, full service restaurant or institutional food service facility working in a production cooking capacity

  • Two (2) years of experience working from scratch recipes and experience prepping and portioning items needed in the production process

  • Experience working successfully in a team environment to accomplish common goals

  • Strong interpersonal communication skills in order to communicate with customers and fellow team members

  • Good writing and reading skills in order to review/understand/follow exacting recipes

  • Able to prioritize and organize smaller work assignments while still contributing to the major goal or assignment of the day

Preferred qualifications for this position includes:

  • Diversified cooking experience which includes any combination of the following positions: line/grill/broiler cook, production cook, soup or sauté cook (12-18 month formal culinary education may be substituted for part of this requirement)

  • Two (2) years of experience assisting with recipe development and the creation of daily specials for all service/meal periods in a large food operation

  • One (1) year of experience as production 'lead' or experience working in other leadership capacity in a full service restaurant or large institutional food service facility

  • Experience in a USDA or HACCP production facility

  • Two (2) years of experience using food production software (i.e. computrition), and ability to update recipes and production methods in the data base

About Providence in Oregon

As the largest healthcare system and largest private employer in Oregon, Providence offers exceptional work environments and unparalleled career opportunities.

The Providence Experience begins each time our patients or their families have an encounter with a Providence team member and continues throughout their visit or stay. Whether you provide direct or indirect patient care, we want our patients to feel that they are in a welcoming place where they can be comfortable and free from anxiety. Our employees create the Providence Experience through simple, caring behaviors such as acknowledging and welcoming each visitor, introducing ourselves and Providence, addressing people by name, providing the duration of estimated wait times and updating frequently if timelines change, explaining situations in a way that puts patients at ease, carefully listening to their concerns, and always thanking people for trusting Providence for their healthcare needs. At Providence, our quality vision is simple,

"Providence will provide the best care and service to every person, every time."

Providence is consistently ranked among the top 100 companies to work for in Oregon. It is also home to two of our award-winning Magnet medical centers. Providence hospitals and clinics are located in numerous areas, ranging from the Columbia Gorge to the wine country to sunny southern Oregon to charming coastal communities to the urban setting of Portland. If you want a vibrant lifestyle while working with a team highly committed to the art of healing, choose from our many options in Oregon.

We offer a full comprehensive range of benefits — see our website for details

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Our Mission

As expressions of God’s healing love, witnessed through the ministry of Jesus, we are steadfast in serving all, especially those who are poor and vulnerable.

About Us

Providence is a comprehensive not-for-profit network of hospitals, care centers, health plans, physicians, clinics, home health care and services continuing a more than 100-year tradition of serving the poor and vulnerable. Providence is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. Providence does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, disability, veteran, military status, religion, age, creed, national origin, sexual identity or expression, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic information, or any other basis prohibited by local, state, or federal law.

Schedule: Full-time

Shift: Day

Job Category: Cook/Chef

Location: Oregon-Portland

Req ID: 348500