This position is located in the Nutrition and Food Service of a Veteran Affairs Medical Center. Nutrition and Food Services is responsible for providing meals and nutritional care to Veteran patients at the Medical Center. The primary purpose of the Cook, WG-6, is to prepare nutritious, high quality meals for service to the Veterans. Major duties include but are not limited to: Working independently to prepare and cook a variety of items including regular and therapeutic diet (diabetic, low sodium, low protein, gluten free, etc.) entrees and dessert items. Cooking hot cereals, concentrated or dehydrated soups, sauces, gravies. Grilling eggs, hamburgers, meat patties, pancakes, French toast; making cold sandwich fillings and assembling a variety of sandwiches. Using a variety of methods to prepare meats, fish, and poultry including broiling, roasting, baking, frying, boiling, steaming, stewing, braising, and grilling. Following sanitary food handling procedures; covers, labels and dates food items; utilize or discard ingredients by expiration date. Disassembling and assembling component parts and accessories for cleaning. Cleaning, storing and maintaining all kitchen utensils, equipment and work areas practicing a "clean as you go" concept. Achieving certification in food safety such as ServSafe and applying knowledge of food safety, food temperatures, etc. Operating dish machine; checking detergent level and water temperature before washing and sanitizing cook's equipment. Checking equipment to make sure it is free of food residue and soap. Receive, rotate and store perishable and non-perishable items according to service policies. Remove outdated or damaged goods from stock. Label all food items with contents and dates per labeling guidelines. Weigh, measure, and assemble ingredients accurately and according to standardized recipes or requisitions. Monitor and maintain proper spacing of food products from floor, ceiling and shelving to ensure adequate air flow and spacing of products for optimal food safety. Monitor for signs of pests notifying the appropriate individual as determined by local policy. Maintain accurate food inventories. Work Schedule: Tuesday - Saturday, 11:00am - 7:30pm Position Description Title/PD#: Cook/99818-S Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized
Providing Health Care for Veterans: The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest integrated health care system, providing care at 1,255 health care facilities, including 170 medical centers and 1,074 outpatient sites of care of varying complexity (VHA outpatient clinics), serving 9 million enrolled Veterans each year.