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

DEFINITION: Under general supervision, coordinates and participates in preparing, cooking, and serving food to large groups of people in an institutional setting; does varied cooking and prepares special diet foods; and does related work as required.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: The Cook is distinguished from Cook-Sheriff's Institutions in that the latter coordinates the preparation, cooking and serving of meals in a central jail kitchen and performs minimal hands-on cooking tasks.


1. Reads menu to estimate food requirements and procures food from storage; takes count of meals served and utensils used in serving food; notes and requests needed supplies;
2. Adjusts controls to regulate temperature of ovens, broilers, and grills to cook food; measures and mixes ingredients according to recipe, using a variety of kitchen utensils and equipment prepares meats, fish, vegetables, fruits and other foods; cuts trims and bones meats prior to cooking and bakes breads, rolls, cakes and pastries; presents main dishes, salads and desserts in an attractive manner;
3. Trains and leads the work of small numbers of employees or juveniles; enforces security measures and reports disciplinary problems and/or takes disciplinary measures as necessary.


1. One year of experience in cooking and preparing meals in large quantities; or,
2. one year of experience performing duties equivalent to the class of Food Services Worker II with Santa Barbara County; or,
3. a combination of training, education, and experience that is equivalent to one of the employment standards 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; use and care of cooking equipment and utensils; kitchen safety.

Ability to: prepare quantities of food required with a minimum of waste; organize and prioritize work assignments; make routine arithmetic computations; prepare and serve food in an allotted time and on schedule; safely store and hold food; maintain good working relationships; direct the work of others; understand and follow written and oral instructions; prepare tasty food, and serve it attractively; kitchen, dining area, kitchen utensils and equipment in a sanitary manner; lifts objects weighing up to 100 pounds; willingness and ability to accept shift work required.

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: Employees assigned to positions in the Probation Department are required to pass a background investigation.

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