University of Utah Health Care

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Cook- Huntsman Cancer Hospital Bistro

Cook- Huntsman Cancer Hospital Bistro

Requisition Number 
Employment Type 
Work Schedule 
Saturday - Tuesday Days and Evenings
Location Name 
Huntsman Cancer Hospital
Patient Care? 
Nutrition / Food Services

More information about this job


As a patient-focused organization, the University of Utah Health Care exists to enhance the health and well-being of people through patient care, research and education. Success in this mission requires a culture of collaboration, excellence, leadership, and respect. University of Utah Health Care seeks staff that are committed to the values of compassion, collaboration, innovation, responsibility, diversity, integrity, quality and trust that are integral to our mission. EO/AA

This position prepares a variety of food service items by following established hospital recipes and procedures. Incumbents may be given the responsibility to lead the activities of other cooks and perform advanced duties associated with the preparation and cooking of food products.

The position is not responsible for providing patient care.


  • Bakes, roasts, stews, fries, steam-cooks, or otherwise prepares food products for cooking by following instructions and standard hospital recipes.
  • Utilizes knowledge of cooking methods and preparation time requirements to ensure that adequate amounts of properly prepared foods are provided in a timely fashion. Uses cooking knowledge and experience to adjust recipes for factors such as altitude, special diet orders, etc.
  • Adheres to manufacturer instructions and standard hospital kitchen procedures when operating machinery and equipment used in cooking including slicers, choppers, steamers, broilers, griddles, fryers, braziers, blenders, microwaves, etc.
  • Weighs cooking products, as required, ensuring proper portion delivery.
  • Cleans the work area, refrigerators, stoves, ovens, storeroom, and utensils in order to comply with hospital, county and state sanitation requirements.
  • Performs quality checks for taste and appearance of finished food products.
  • Uses department-specific computer software and daily menus to complete purchase and issue requisitions and to forecast cooking production for the cafeteria, catering, day care area, and patient needs.
  • Sets up and stocks area for food service delivery and assists in serving cooked items.
  • Orders, rotates, and maintains adequate stock levels required for cooking production by estimating needs according to the production schedule.
  • Assists in completing all aspects of cooking production to ensure that ordered items are delivered on time.
  • Assists with catering functions including food preparation, set-up, presentation and clean-up.
  • May develop, modify, or experiment with hospital recipes and cooking procedures to improve kitchen output or services.

Knowledge / Skills / Abilities

  • Ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined above.
  • Demonstrated human relations, computer literacy, and effective communication skills.
  • Ability to organize and facilitate functions with minimal notice.
  • Knowledge of cost-control methods and prioritization for timely delivery and service.
  • Knowledge of operating heavy mechanized equipment including slicers, mixers, blenders, steam kettles, fryers, and choppers.
  • Ability to comply with departmental policies regarding attendance and evaluations.




  • Two years of institutional cooking experience, or equivalency.
  • Current food service worker permit.

Qualifications (Preferred)


  • Previous food production experience in a health care setting.
  • Previous cook expereince.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

Employee must be able to meet the following requirements with or without an accommodation.

  • This position involves intermediate working conditions in a healthcare setting that may exert up to 50 pounds and may consistently require lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling, or otherwise moving equipment or objects. This position is subject to hot or cold tempatures and may be subject to hazards with equipment or cleaning chemicals.

Physical Requirements

Carrying, Climbing, Color Determination, Crawling, Far Vision, Lifting, Listening, Manual Dexterity, Near Vision, Pulling and/or Pushing, Reaching, Sitting, Speaking, Standing, Stooping and Crouching, Tasting or Smelling, Walking