Temporary Kitchen Cook

St. Margaret's School - Victoria, BC (30+ days ago)

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St. Margaret’s School is seeking a dynamic and experienced Kitchen Cook for our very busy Dining Hall, working as part of a team of dedicated individuals whose combined focus is to provide a variety of healthy and tasty meals for the SMS community.

This is a very important role within the culinary team at St. Margaret’s School. Working closely with the Kitchen Manager, each cook develops menu plans, tracks the use of supplies and produce ensuring timely re-stocking of needed items.

You will also work with oversee the Helper’s preparation of foods in accordance with generally prescribed standards and have considerable independence in actual food preparation, yet also work as part of a unit to ensure the food served at each meal is balanced nutritionally, flavours are unified and that each meal prepared meets the correct amount needed for each meal serving.


Up to 37.5 hours per week

must be available for a variety of shifts on evenings and weekends


$19.11 to $21.13 per hour

depending on years of service at SMS

This is a bargaining unit position in the Professional Employees Association

Job Duties

  • Prepares and cooks a variety of entrees, soups, sauces, vegetables and other foods for breakfast, lunch and dinner for students, staff and visitors
  • Bakes a variety of products such as cookies, squares, pies, cakes, bread and buns
  • Anticipates and performs preparatory work for the meals of the day and for following days
  • Operates food production equipment such as mixers, ovens, choppers, slicers, shredders, steamers, grills, grinders, steam kettles, fryers and broilers
  • Assists in cleaning and maintaining kitchen, storage areas, equipment, utensils and knives
  • Menu planning in conjunction with the Food Service Director
  • Prepares meals as per the menu
  • Prepares catering items for the school during special events
  • Assists with serving meals and replenishes hot/cold food items as needed
  • Ensures that the kitchen and dining areas are kept clean by storing supplies, cleaning the steam line, clean machines after each use, wash floors, checks all other areas for cleanliness
  • Assists with any school functions which require the serving of food such as staff meetings or events
  • Ensure the food served meets all dietary needs and is aware of all or any food allergies
  • Performs related duties as required


  • Successful completion of a Red Seal cooking program preferred
  • Minimum 2 years’ demonstrated experience in a Cook position
  • Level 1 and 11 Food Safe Certificates
  • Grade 12; Level 3 Cooks Certificate (10 months)
  • Advanced knife skills
  • Understanding recipes and their variations to enhance taste and food presentation
  • Availability for morning, afternoon and weekend shifts
  • Ability to undertake independence of action in determining the quality/quantity of food to make and in providing variations of recipes
  • Knowledge of and ability to utilize various kitchen utensils and equipment
  • Manual dexterity required to use kitchen tools and machines
  • Ability to speak and read English and communicate effectively
  • Ability to work collaborative as a member of a team
  • Able to take direction; and also work independently
  • Ability to establish good relationships and interact positively with all staff, faculty and students
  • Positive role model to all members of the St. Margaret’s community
  • Actively support the vision, mission and values of our school

Work Conditions

  • Fast paced environment
  • Intermittent physical activity including walking, standing, sitting, reaching and lifting more than 20 pounds.
  • Repetitive movements while performing duties including the ability to push/pull objects with moderate effort occasionally

Interested candidates are invited to submit a covering letter, resume and professional references, quoting the Posting number #1920010

Job Type: Temporary


  • demonstrated cook position: 2 years (Required)


  • Secondary School (Required)


  • Red Seal Cooking Program (Preferred)
  • Level 1 and 11 Food Safe (Required)


  • English (Preferred)