Specialist - Culinary Arts - Utah Valley University in Orem Utah

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Utah Valley University

Orem, Utah

United States

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Detailed Job Description

Responsible for preparing any and all foods necessary for the Canyon Park Kitchen operation. Oversee the execution of events. Must be hands on and oversee the students who are reporting to you for the Cafe Manager. Works closely with the Cafe Manager, Department Chair, Chefs and other staff and instructors in monitoring quality and consistency among all food related items. Responsible for leading a simple production team on a consistent basis. A simple production team for this purpose could be working on hot foods, cold foods and/or catering events.

Minimum Qualifications

Graduation with a high school diploma or GED.
Food Handler’s Permit is required.

Preferred Qualifications

Culinary Arts degree.


Complete knowledge of proper culinary methods, techniques and standards. Understanding of proper food handling and sanitation procedures.

Knowledge of proper table service procedures in a banquet facility or fine-dining establishment.


Excellent knife skills.

Excellent cooking skills.

Excellent attention to detail and ability to perform multiple tasks at one.

Independently lead a team and complete production meeting cafe standards.

Independently set up and participate in both buffet and plate-out events.

Assist with breakdown of leftover items and cleaning of kitchen at end of the shift/event.

Assists in cafe production in the absence of cafe cooks or manager.

Completes incident/accident reports in absence of manager.

Must be able to set up a station, cook food products to order.

Prepares sandwiches, hot foods and salads as needed and maintain all safety and sanitation procedures as required.

Must be able to run a cash register and count back change properly.


Ability to operate independently with minimal direct supervision.

Ability to use various pieces of kitchen equipment.

Ability to identify and differentiate food items.

Ability to withstand extreme temperatures within the kitchen working environment, ranging from 0 to 100 degrees.

Ability to visually inspect, taste and smell product to ensure freshness, quality and doneness.

Ability to communicate effectively with associates, management, clients and vendors if necessary.

Ability to work flexible schedule in order to accommodate business levels and events.

Assist in the continuous training of culinary students working in the cafe.
Assist in the ordering of product if necessary.

Work with and interact with current CAI student body.

Ability to work in a team environment.

Must be able to properly lift 50-75 pounds.

Must be able to work evenings and weekends.

Pay Range

$9.00 to $11.25 per hour

Special Instructions to Applicants

Under “Reference’s Letter” Please list a minimum of three contacts. References may be contacted at some point during the screening and selection process.

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Employment Type:Administrative Staff
Degree Required: High School
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Analyst / Staff
Salary: See Job Description
Type of School:4 - Year / Masters Institution
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
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