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Lead Prep / Pantry Cook

Urban Radish Los Angeles, CA
  • $12.00 - $14.00 Hourly
  • Part Time / Full Time
  • Employer Fairly Likely to Respond

We are currently looking for candidates for Lead Prep / Pantry Cook.  This position requires exceptional knife skills, salad prep ('garde manger') and range / oven skills. You must be creative, have command of all the basic cooking skills and possess a personal passion for making delicious, healthy food to be successful in this job.

General Responsibilities:
Food Preparation:
- Plan, direct and execute food preparation, primarily related to our deli salad, and dinner menu
- Ensure highest level of food quality, taste and presentation
- Support the development of menus and culinary dishes consistent with our California-Mediterranean food style
- Ensure adherence to recipes and product specifications

Kitchen Operations / Administration:
- Assist in maintaining an efficient and clean kitchen operation
- Conduct regular inspections of the entire kitchen/dishwashing areas and coolers and promptly act to correct deficiencies
- Complete daily food and kitchen supply orders

Team Leadership:
- Supervise and offer skills training to junior kitchen staff
- Enforce strict adherence to health department and food handling guidelines
- Promote effective communication within the kitchen as well as between the kitchen and other departments in the business, including produce, butchery, and grocery

Qualifications:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Scheduling flexibility is required and candidates should be prepared to work at least one weekend day. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

Experience / Knowledge:
- Intermediate understanding of professional cooking and knife handling skills
- Minimum 3 years work experience
- Experience with European and/or Middle East cuisine styles -- knowledge of French cooking techniques a plus
- Understanding and knowledge of safety, sanitation and food handling procedures
- Previous kitchen management/supervisory experience required
- Fast, neat, clean and organized

Skills / Aptitude:
- Strong work ethic and stable work history
- Professional communication skills
- Ability to take direction as well as constructive criticism
- Highly organized with excellent follow up skills and extreme attention to detail
- Understanding of a "sense of urgency" attitude for the completion of responsibilities/tasks
- Ability to follow all kitchen safety requirements
- Dedicated and willing to go above and beyond
- Committed to long-term employment and professional development

License / Qualifications:
- Food handlers permit required
- Must be able to work nights, weekends and some holidays
- Must be able to speak, read and understand basic cooking directions

Urban Radish is a unique food market and eatery in the east side of Downtown Los Angeles in the Arts District. In addition to being a premium quality, full-range grocery store, we run a busy, high volume prepared foods, deli and restaurant operation. We are looking for candidates who have a passion for high quality, delicious food, and can thrive in a fast paced, high pressure environment and bring experience in many diverse aspects of food preparation. All candidates must have an exceptional personality, team spirit, professionalism and a hospitality driven attitude.  

With respect to style, our menu and prepared food items take inspiration from the Mediterranean region, whose culinary notoriety comes from reliance on simple, flavorful ingredients sourced from local village growers and producers. We have modernized and localized Mediterranean styled foods with California's unique crops, access to wide diversity in fruits and vegetables and emphasis on health and wellness.   

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