University of Buffalo - Campus Dining & Shops
  • 04-Jan-2019 to 05-Mar-2019 (EST)
  • Various
  • Amherst, NY, USA
  • 14.40
  • Hourly
  • Full Time

Full Time with Generous Benefits Package & Annual Raises

Campus Dining and Shops at the University at Buffalo is now hiring Full-Time Lead Cooks at its North Campus (Amherst) Location!  
$14.40/hour, benefits included, plus yearly increases based on union contract


Oversee and ensure production and prep sheets in high volume operations are being completed and will assist with executing and delegating tasks.  Must be able to follow standardized recipes and cook in large quantities/batches.  Will be responsible for managing waste, food cost, and ensuring proper procedures are followed within the station. 


  • Minimum 3 years professional cooking experience needed, showcasing multiple cooking techniques including but not limited to; sauting, roasting, frying, broiling, braising, steaming, & stewing
  • Must have excellent customer service skills
  • Must be able to demonstrate proficiency in professional knife-handling skills
  • Experience in following standardized recipes
  • Experience at organizing and maintaining work stations
  • Experience in safe food handling, preventing food-borne illness, and sanitation techniques
  • Ability to correctly identify product
  • Must be able to prioritize work and execute tasks with speed and efficiency
  • Must be able to read and write English and have basic and accurate math skills
  • Must be able to communicate well with customers and management
  • Must have professional appearance, demeanor, and hygiene.
  • Must be able to lift 50+ pounds, and be able to walk and stand for 8 hours per day, and bend and reach as the job requires.
  • Must pass Lead Cook written screening test and hands-on practical cooking test
  • Must be or become ServSafe certified (attend required class and pass test)
  • Regular attendance and dependable transportation required


PRESENT JOB DUTIES (Please note that these assignments are subject to change):

  • High-volume food preparation and cooking, following established recipes and production system
  • Maintain production and usage records as required
  • Utilizes products (raw and cooked) to minimize food costs
  • Some supervisory duties during shifts including: coaching staff on knife skills and proper usage of kitchen equipment, monitoring recipe production, and administering tasks to staff throughout the shift
  • Maintain high sanitary, hygienic, and safety standards and conditions, adhering to HACCP & NYS Dept. of Health guidelines. Includes overseeing cleanliness & maintenance of kitchen & equipment.
  • Demonstrate excellent customer service at all times.
  • Communication with management on kitchen subjects including but not limited to; par levels, recipe correction, staff knowledge.
  • Assist with training new hires and student workers as needed
  • General cleaning and other food service duties or tasks as requested by management
  • Additional duties as assigned and requested by management



  • Consistent schedule
  • Advancement opportunities
  • All major holidays off
  • Sick/vacation time accrual
  • Health insurance & retirement


Employment offer is contingent on the completion of a satisfactory background check

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to an individual's age, race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, military status, sex, disability, predisposing genetic characteristics, familial status, or domestic violence victim status.

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