This position is located in the Nutrition and Food Service of the Oscar G. Johnson VA 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. This position has a sequence of steps that require attention to work operations, sanitation and safety; work assignments may require knowledge and judgment. The work of this position is involved in the preparation of regular or special diet foods and meals. This includes cooking meats, poultry, fish, shellfish, and vegetables and making soups, gravies, sauces, desserts, and other foods. Major Duties: Food Preparation: Works 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. Follows menus, production sheets and recipes to prepare items in the quantity needed. Plans cooking processes to produce complete meals on time and at the proper temperature which may require coordination of cooking several items with different cooking times. Attractively presents and garnishes food. Weighs, measures, assembles ingredients for regular and modified diets. Combines ingredients according to recipes to produce quality food items, minimizing preparation time and food waste. Pans foods for bulk rethermalization according to recipe guidelines and production guidelines. Covers, dates, and stores leftovers according to established local policies/procedures. Operates a variety of kitchen equipment: oven, combi oven/steamer, grill, slicer, mixer, steam kettles, blender, food processor, scale; follows safety procedures regarding the operation of equipment. Gathers test data to assist management in making purchasing and menu pricing decisions. Food Safety/Sanitation: Follows sanitary food handling procedures; covers, labels and dates food items; utilize or discard ingredients by expiration date. Disassembles and assembles component parts and accessories for cleaning. Cleans, stores and maintains all kitchen utensils, equipment and work areas practicing a "clean as you go" concept. Achieves certification in food safety such as ServSafe and is able to apply knowledge of food safety, food temperatures, etc. Performs deep cleaning tasks such as cleaning walk-in refrigerators and freezers. Food Storage: Receives , rotates and stores perishable and non-perishable items according to service policies. Labels all food items with contents and dates per labeling guidelines. 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. Provides assistance to supervisor or higher grade worker in ordering food in accordance with daily and weekly menu requirements. Maintain accurate food inventories. Maintains strict security of all areas. Work Schedule: Full-time; Thursday-Monday 6:00 am-2:30 pm Position Description Title/PD#: Cook/99818S Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized Relocation Expenses: Not authorized Telework: Not available
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.