Assistant Cook

Who we are? Nova Academies is a pan-African school network that prepares the next generation of leaders and innovators through world-class teaching methods with an emphasis on 21st century skills.
 
Using the 8-4-4 curriculum combined with the best international training, we deliver a truly world-class educational experience with exciting opportunities to learn and grow both inside and outside of the classroom.

Nova students learn to think critically, solve problems creatively, and develop solutions using technology and engineering skills.  

At Nova, our students learn through embracing and eventually overcoming challenges with the help of their peers, their teachers, and developing their unique abilities.

Position: Assistant Cook
 

As the Assistant Cook you will play a critical role in preparing for and cooking 3 course meals for both students and staff.

Function: School
 
Your role is currently based at our Nova Ondiri campus in Kikuyu Township

Reports To: Principal
 
Responsibilities
  • Living the Nova Culture
  • Assists in the preparation of foods in accordance with Nova Academy’s Food Service Policy, Menus and Recipes.
  • Prepare and cook foods of all types on a regular basis including meals for students on special diets
  • Assists with planning meals far enough ahead to minimize the need for food substitutions; when substitutions are necessary helps to serve food of equivalent nutritional value.
  • Assists in preparing meals and snacks in such a way that a minimum of nutrients are lost from foods, that ensure foods taste good and look appealing, and that there is ample amount of food for students.
  • Helps to maintain established standards of sanitation, safety and food preparation and storage as set by the local and state health departments, including: storing foodstuffs and supplies in appropriate areas; washing dishes; cleaning refrigerators, stove, bins, cupboards and other kitchen equipment and utensils; and, sweeping and mopping kitchen floors.
  • Substitutes for the Cook in her/his absence.
  • Helps modify menus and recipes and prepare foods to meet the developmental needs of students and the medical and feeding needs of students with food allergies.
  • Helps deliver foods from the kitchen to the dining hall and preparing and packing food for students’ field trips.
  • Attends and participates in sponsored trainings, pre-service and in-service trainings, and other continuing education, career and professional development opportunities.
  • Participates in the school’s self-evaluation process and complies with any applicable Program Improvement Plans developed.
  • Participates in general staff meetings and other meetings and events planned by the Nova
  • Participates in all emergency drills and environmental safety activities.
  • Performs other duties, as assigned.
Skills Needed
  • Passion- Be passionate about serving the Nova community
  • Cost-Conscious- Be conscious about the bottom line whilst enhancing nutritional quality and standards.
  • Sensitive Palate – Be able to explore various combinations of menus and make them work cost-effectively
  • Creativity –Be able to create new dishes easily, experiment new flavours and dishes be always ready for change.
  • Teamwork – Must be able to work very effectively with others
  • Determination –The assistant cook needs to be prepared to work hard.
  • This job, in addition to working early mornings and late evenings will also require working weekends and long hours on your feet.
  • Organization & Cleanliness – Be able to bring all the elements of a meal together quickly and efficiently. Be able to plan ahead, keep a cool head in a high-pressure kitchen environment. Be able to keep an extremely organized and clean kitchen.  
Qualifications
  • A hospitality Certificate or Diploma in food production or similar.
  • Any additional training/certificates- e.g. ISO, HACAP  will be an added advantage
  • Minimum experience of 3+ years and partly as an institutional cook
  • Current Medical Certificate
  • 3 STRONG references in the specified field 
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling-basis and ONLY qualified candidates will be invited for interviews

Applications close on February 29th, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. 

This is an exciting role with great career prospects in a progressive, highly ambitious school network.