Pre-Employment Application

School Head Cook

Position Description: To plan, prepare and present menu items during service of the cafeteria to the standards set by chef/manager. Also, to prepare production lists for staff of items needed for execution of menus. Assist and lead in the day to day operations of the kitchen with staff
● Report to scheduled shift on time and in complete uniform as outlined in the Quest employee handbook.                                                                                                                
● Complete comprehension with the assembly and presentation of all menu items.  Follow Quest, local, State and Federal guidelines for the proper handling of food products.                  
● Emphasis will be placed on the HACCP System of food inspection.  Assist in the overall sanitation of the line and product kitchen and lead as a role model to the team.
● Maintain open and effective communication with management and staff.                                  
● Accountable that all items prepared are to standardized recipes.
● Properly expand and/or divide recipes as needed to achieve proper yields.                               
● Accountable for master recipe index and creating weekly / monthly menus.                              
● Accountable for all food ordering and maintaining par levels based on weekly menus.                      
● Assist & oversee the overall sanitation of the production kitchen and production facility.        
● Stay on top of trends and incorporate in weekly / monthly menus.                       
● Responsible for daily and weekly cleaning schedules and holding team accountable.                       
● Perform other duties on checklist and assigned by manager. (Location specific job checklist attached)


At Quest, our superior balance of creativity, quality and our superior level of service to our clients will succeed in retaining the account and satisfying our guests each day.
The successful candidate will have the following background:
Career Level:                                               ● Minimum of five years Lead / Line Cook Experience.      
Areas of Foodservice Focus:                 ● Schools/ Higher Education 
Education:                                                   ● AA degree in Culinary Arts or equivalent work experience                                                                                                            
Desired Qualifications:
● Outgoing, friendly and customer focused.                                                                                         
● Demonstrates leadership abilities and must be a team player.                                                       
● Comprehension of English language and good communication skills.                                       
● Works with speed, consistency and organization.                                                                            
● Comfortable and pleasant demeanor in very busy environments.
● Follow all policies in the employee handbook & all Illinois food safety guidelines
● Strong knife skills
Eligibility Requirements:
● You must be willing to take a drug test as part of the selection process.
● You must be willing to submit to a back ground investigation as part of the selection process.
● You must submit to a TB test as part of the selection process.
● You must have unrestricted authorization to work in the United States
About Quest Food Management…
Quest Food Management Services, Inc. is a privately owned, full service, foodservice management company located in Lombard, Illinois with annual sales over $26 million. Founded in 1985, Quest has served schools throughout Chicagoland guided by its mission to provide the communities we serve with fresh, high-quality food, exceptional responsiveness and intensely personal service. Quest has consistently been recognized among the top food service management companies in the country in recent years.
Today Quest services many operations in the metropolitan Chicago area ranging from grade schools to high schools to independent schools and corporate office buildings.  It has been Quest’s employees who have been the cornerstone of our growth.  Quality people, quality food, and quality clients are our recipe for success.
Mission: Quest provides the communities we serve with fresh, high-quality food, exceptional responsiveness and intensely personal service.
Vision: We are committed to creating the most enduring relationships in the industry by what we do and how we do it
Values: Integrity, Responsiveness, Accountability, Respect & Excellence


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