Northwell Health First Cook in Staten Island, New York

Req Number 001S47

Job Category Food Service

Job Description

As a First Cook you will prepare and rethermalize main entr�e items for patient and employee feeding. Prepare food items according to standard recipes. Portion food products according to guidelines. Consult with management on menu changes.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Reads and follows menus, recipes, and other production information to complete preparation and cooking of menu items for tray line and caf�.

  • Maintains proper food handling/storage of food items in accordance with local and state standards and sanitation/health regulations.

  • Prepares required food items specified on food production sheets, using standardized recipes.

  • Adds seasoning to food during mixing and cooking according to recipes and taste.

  • Saut�es, braises bakes, broils, steams, grills, fries and roasts meat, fish, chicken, vegetables, and other foods.

  • Adjusts thermostat controls to regulate temperature of ovens, broilers, grills, steam kettles, and tilt skillets.

  • Checks internal temperature of food before serving to ensure proper temperature.

  • Observes and tastes food being cooked to ensure it’s properly cooked and flavored.

  • Places prepared food on the tray line.

  • Removes foods left over from tray line and caf�. Weighs waste on scale and inputs proper information.

  • Communicates any substitutions needed with department management.

  • Discards outdated food in cooking area and refrigerator.

  • Maintains established policies, procedures, standards, and practices in food preparation to achieve highest level of quality, organization, cleanliness, and sanitation of work areas and equipment.

  • Practices proper food handling at all times to avoid food borne illness, including proper defrosting and holding of food.

  • Keeps work area and equipment clean and sanitary at all times.

  • Ensures proper storage and rotation of inventories in refrigerator and freezers.

  • Ensures all food is wrapped, labeled, and dated.

  • Garnishes food accordingly for the Caf�. Supply garnish to diet aides to garnish patients’ food during service.


  • High School Diploma or equivalent, required.

  • Culinary Certification, required.

  • New York Department of Health Food safety and sanitation OR ServSafe certification, required.

  • Minimum of five (5) years experience as cook in a large volume food service operation, required.

  • Ability to lift/carry 50 pounds of material. Ability to stand, bend, lift and/or reach for extended periods of time.

  • Ability to read, write, and communicate effectively English, required.