BRC · San Jose, California
Department BRC
Employment Type Full-Time
Compensation $22.00 to $24.00 per hour

Position:          Cook

Location:         Boccardo Reception Center, San Jose, CA

Supervisor:      Kitchen Services Supervisor

Status:             Full-time, Non-exempt

The Cook is responsible for cooking and preparing food according to recipes and production guidelines while adhering to food safety, food handling, and sanitation procedures. The Cook should safely handle knives and equipment such as grills, fryers, ovens, broilers, etc. Essential functions and responsibilities of the position may vary by location based on HomeFirst requirements and business needs.


·       Establish menus with guidance from the Food Services Supervisor

·       Prepare meals according to menus and food availability

·       Supervise interns, volunteers, and community volunteer groups in proper preparation and serving of meals

·       Operates equipment such as ovens, stoves, slicers, mixers, etc.

·       Bakes, roasts, broils, steams, and uses a variety of cooking methods on meat, vegetables, and other foods

·       Maintain cleanliness and sanitary operation of the kitchen, serving and storage areas

·       Assure that food is prepared, served, and stored in a safe, sanitary manner and in accordance with agency policies and procedures

·       Maintain and count food service inventory

·       Rotate food in walk-in refrigerators and freezer to minimize waste and spoilage (FIFO)

·       Follow all specifications and properly set up hot and cold line stations

·       Perform all other tasks, including cross-training as direct 

·       Notify Food Services Supervisor of any supply, equipment needs, or maintenance issues

·       Attend and participate in food service meetings

·       Contribute to improving the kitchen and food services

·       Maintain excellent customer service and a positive attitude towards guests, customers, clients, co-workers, etc.

·        Immediately report all suspicious occurrences and hazardous conditions

·       Adherence to schedule

·       Other duties as assigned


·        2+ years in prior experience in institutional or mass food preparation

·        Sensitivity to the needs of homeless individuals and the support programs

·        Knowledge of nutrition, meal planning, menus, safe food handling practices, and inventory control

·        Initiative, flexibility, and effective response in situations of stress

·        Multi-tasking and time-management skills, with the ability to prioritize tasks

·        Ability to work with people of diverse social backgrounds

·        Heavy lifting required

·        Ability to work independently with limited supervision


·        High School Diploma or GED

·        Valid California Driver’s License


Skills, Abilities, and Knowledge

·        Commitment to the agency and its goals in serving our community

·        Professional cooking and knife handling skills

·        Provide quality service

·        Ability to work in a team environment

·        Food and beverage knowledge

·        Ability to work morning, some evenings, and weekends


HomeFirst is an equal opportunity employer and considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, veteran status, or any other status protected by law.

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  • Location
    San Jose, California
  • Department
  • Employment Type
  • Compensation
    $22.00 to $24.00 per hour