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Requisition ID:  9057

Dining Services, Lead Cook

Short Description

*Updated 7/20/2020*: At this time, this position is actively recruiting and accepting applications.

Purdue Dining & Catering’s mission is to nourish and inspire the Purdue community. We offer a welcoming environment for students, faculty, staff, and visitors to dine. We are a fun and energetic team, serving thousands of meal a day in state-of-the-art dining facilities. We are ready to add a new member to our Dining Family.


For more information on how we are taking action to keep safety first: visit our Protect Purdue page at: https://protect.purdue.edu/

Job Summary

What will you be doing as a Lead Cook?

  • Serve as a leader/coach/mentor for high volume food station in a large, multi-faceted, fast paced, collegiate food operation. 
  • Prepare recipes, food, and station materials alongside the station team that you are leading.
  • Continuously orients, trains, and serves as a mentor for full time employees in safety, culinary techniques, safe food handling, and equipment operation. 
  • Trains student employees in service standards, safe food handling, and food storage.
  • Works independently using expert culinary and organization skills. 
  • Communicates effectively throughout each shift with guests, employees, and supervisors.


  • High School Diploma/GED.
  • Three years of food service, hospitality service, or high volume fast paced environment experience
  • A passion for food and culinary work
  • Stable work history and good attendance record
  • Knowledge of food sanitation, cross-contact, and allergy protocols
  • ServSafe Certification preferred, ability to pass within 3 months
  • Ability to pass AllerTrainU within 3 months of hire
  • Ability to perform basic math functions, lift and move up to 30 pounds, climb ladders, and stand, walk, reach and stoop extensively.
  • Ability to read, write, weigh, and measure.
  • Ability to meet daily deadlines by use of planning and organizing self and others
  • Demonstrated ability to work with others, particularly individuals from differing backgrounds and views.
  • Ability to pass the Food Handler’s examination



  • Supervisory experience
  • Experience in a high volume, fast paced environment


Additional Information:

  • This posting represents multiple vacancies.
  • Full-time Purdue students are not eligible to work full-time in a benefits-eligible position at the University. For more information about student employment please visit: https://www.purdue.edu/studentemployment/site/index.html
  • Purdue will not sponsor employment authorization for this position. 
  • A Background Check will be required for employment in this position.
  • All applicants must apply via Purdue’s online recruitment system. No other applications/resumes will be accepted.
  • FLSA: Non-Exempt (Eligible for Overtime).
  • Retirement Eligibility: Non-Exempt Defined Contribution Plan.
  • Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.