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Cook-Sheriffs Institutions

Salary: $16.60-$20.27 hourly / $2,888-$3,525 monthly / Range: 4966

DEFINITION: Under general supervision, coordinates the preparation, cooking and serving of meals for large groups of people in a central jail kitchen; trains and oversees a crew of inmates assigned to work in the kitchen; and does related work as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: This class is distinguished from Cook by the responsibility for inmate supervision and training as opposed to hands-on cooking. Chef is distinguished from this class by the responsibility for the overall planning, organizing and supervising of the food services for a medium size County facility.


1. Trains and oversees a crew of inmates assigned to prepare, cook, and serve meals and clean kitchen and dining area; estimates food requirements and instructs inmates in the preparation of quality meals.
2. Coordinates the work of the crew to complete adequate food preparation and serving at the allotted times.
3. Observes the work of inmates in the kitchen, and instructs inmates in kitchen safety practices and more efficient work methods;
4. Observes and enforces security procedures; assesses the attitude and temperament of inmates; reports disciplinary and security problems to Corrections staff; and responds to inmate grievances in writing.


1. One year of experience cooking and preparing meals for large groups (e.g., 100 persons at a time), and training and supervising food preparation assistants (3 or more); or,
2. a combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to the employment standard listed above and that provides the required knowledge and abilities.

Knowledge of: the methods and procedures of quantity food preparation; kitchen sanitation and safe food storage practices; use and care of cooking equipment and utensils; kitchen safety; and basic math.

Ability to: prepare quantities of food required with a minimum of waste; assign and review work, and provide training to kitchen workers; prepare tasty food, and serve it attractively; maintain kitchen, dining area, kitchen utensils, and equipment in a sanitary manner; communicate clearly to provide directions to kitchen help; organize and prioritize work assignments; make simple arithmetic computations; read and understand memos and directives from superiors; prepare and serve food in an allotted time and on schedule; maintain effective working relationships with inmates and staff; understand and follow written and oral instructions; and write simple memos using correct grammar, punctuation, and spelling.

Desirable Qualifications: Cooking experience in an institutional setting is desirable.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Willingness and ability to work weekends, holidays, and shifts is required. Incumbents may be required to lift heavy objects. A background investigation will also be conducted. Current or excessive use of drugs, sale of drugs, serious criminal history, or deception relating to employment history may bar employment.

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