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Culinary Aide

Culinary Aide

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Food Services
Special Recruitment Location 

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To assist in the preparation and serving of quality food to residents, guests, and employees under sanitary conditions.


  • Must have a smile on your face and give great customer service at all times to residents, partners, and guests.
  • Must have good attendance.
  • Must take ownership of nursing neighborhoods while working in them.
  • Must be able work hand in hand with the nursing department in order to serve the residents.
  • Prepare and set-up of all menu items according to standards.
  • Accurately service hot and cold food items, condiments, utensils, etc. onto trays on a moving tray line according to tray tickets and menu spread sheets.
  • Restocks cafeteria of other areas with food and supplies in a courteous, timely manner.
  • Serve meals to residents in a courteous, timely manner.
  • Scrape dirty trays and dishes and the loading and unloading of the dish machine.
  • Hand wash pots and pans, and other designated items.
  • Maintain the kitchen facilities in a sanitary manner including floors, walls, all equipment, and utensils.
  • Safely handles a variety of chemicals and educates employees about the same.
  • Assists in kitchen where needed.
  • Ensures that a clean and safe environment is maintained.
  • Communicates and cooperates with dietary personnel and other departments.
  • Maintains resident rights and confidentiality.
  • Interacts positively with residents, family members, personnel, and visitors under a variety of conditions and circumstances.
  • Follows Universal precautions and Infection Control techniques.


Education: High School Diploma or GED preferred.

Licensure/Certification: None Applicable.

Experience: 0-2 year’s food service experience in a long term care or similar setting preferred. 


  • Must be able to cope with mental and emotional stress related to working with persons who are ill, disabled, elderly, and/or emotionally upset.
  • Must be able to communicate in English.
  • Must be detail oriented and have excellent literacy and writing, documentation, communication, and interpersonal abilities.
  • Must have the ability to add and subtract (as in setting up salads or counting trays) and multiply and divide (as in exploring recipes to forecasted needs).
  • Must have knowledge of methods and procedures for serving food, principles of sanitation, and principles of safe food handling (i.e. min & max temperatures of food).
  • Must have knowledge of the care and use of food service equipment and kitchen equipment.
  • Must have knowledge of basic nutrition and modified diets.
  • Must have the ability to work fast and efficiently in order to serve meals at a specified time.