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Lead Cook - Alaska Railroad Catering
Title:Lead Cook - Alaska Railroad Catering
Location:Alaska Railroad - OnBoard
This is an exciting chance to utilize your cooking skills and talent on the Alaska Railroad for the Summer 2018 Season!
Summary Responsible for all product that comes into and goes out of kitchens.  Accurately and efficiently cook meats, fish, vegetables, soups and other hot food products as well as prepare and portion food products prior to cooking. Also perform other duties in the areas of food and final plate preparation including plating and garnishing of cooked items and preparing appropriate garnishes for all hot menu item plates.
Professional cooking experience is required. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
  • Zero tolerance for theft, all food produced must have a ticket, responsible for inventories/pars, utilizing all previous shifts acceptable leftovers.
  • Prepares a variety of meats, seafood, poultry, vegetables and other food items for cooking in broilers, ovens, grills, fryers and a variety of other kitchen equipment.
  • Lead Cooks assume 100% responsibility for quality of products served.
  • Knows and complies consistently with our standard portion sizes, cooking methods, quality standards and kitchen rules, policies and procedures.
  • Stocks and maintains sufficient levels of food products at line stations to assure a smooth service period.
  • Portions food products prior to cooking according to standard portion sizes and recipe specifications.
  • Maintains a clean and sanitary work station area including tables, shelves, grills, broilers, fryers, pasta cookers, sauté burners, convection oven, flat top range and refrigeration equipment.
  • Uses our Standard Recipe Card for preparing all products. Do not rely on the memory of yourself or other employees.
  • Prepares item for broiling, grilling, sautéing or other cooking methods by portioning, battering, breading, seasoning and/or marinating.
  • Follows proper plate presentation and garnish set up for all dishes.
  • Handles, stores and rotates all products properly.
  • Assists in food prep assignments.
  • Wash and store all tableware and kitchenware.
  • Closes the kitchen properly and follows the closing checklist for kitchen stations. Assists others in closing the kitchen.
  • Attends all scheduled meetings and brings suggestions for improvement.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned by the management team.
  • Assists at depots and stops with the safe loading and unloading of passengers, assisting physically challenged and special groups by opening doors, operating chair lift, etc. Provides assistance with crowd control.                                                
Supervisory Responsibilities
May supervise 1-3 kitchen staff

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations 
ServSafe or Alaska State Food Workers Card
Education and/or Experience                                               
One year certificate from college or technical school plus three to six months related experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Language Skills                                              
Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports/orders. Ability to speak effectively before customers.
Mathematical Skills                                                   
Ability to add, subtract and calculate figures and amounts such as discounts and measurements.
Other Qualifications                                                 
Work long hours on moving railcar, travel 50% of the time.
Physical Demands The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is regularly required to stand; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; balance while train in motion; talk or hear and taste or smell. The employee is frequently required to stoop. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 40 pounds up to chest level and 20 or less above chest level.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception.
Reasoning Ability                                          
Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. 
Work Environment The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to moving mechanical parts, heat, motion, cleaning chemicals. The noise level in the work environment is moderately loud.

About ESS Support Services
Even in the most remote locations, from offshore oil rigs in the Gulf to coastal logging camps in B.C., or feeding summer Cadet camps in the Yukon, ESS Support Services is there.  We are the market leader in providing remote foodservice and related support assistance to clients, wherever their location, no matter how extreme the environment may be.  Services extend across North America, and include such facilities as drill camps, mining camps, construction camps, permanent facilities, pipeline camps, offshore, forestry camps oil & gas installations, military situations and correctional facilities. We support every aspect of daily community life for our clients' resident workers -- 365 days a year, 24 hours a day.  

ESS Support Services offers a competitive wages; which, coupled with the benefits and 401k opportunities through our owner company, Compass Group, this could be just what you have been looking for in remote site work. For general information on benefits and programs:

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