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Job Code: 0845
Job Level: 06
Revised Date: 03/11/2024
Job Family: JF 20

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Occupational Summary

Perform a wide variety of intermediate and complex tasks in the preparation of foodstuffs; interpret recipes, cook and assemble large quantities of food for hospital cafeterias and/or patient food service; assume lead worker duties as directed.

Work Performed

Assist as needed to expedite the flow of work in kitchen, storeroom and food service areas.

Assemble ingredients to prepare foods according to standard recipes; measure, weigh and portion foods as directed; read and interpret instructions and review for possible errors relating to specified quantities, ingredients, proportions or mixtures; refer inaccuracies to supervisor for appropriate modification.

Prepare entrees, casseroles, special dishes and complex food items requiring multiple steps and sequences during preparation; monitor and observe food during the cooking process; regulate temperatures and/or timing of cooked foods as appropriate; evaluate quality and ensure final product meets standards.

Detect and report improperly prepared food or food that does not meet standards; monitor proper functioning of equipment; take corrective action as appropriate or refer unusual problems to supervisor.

Set up and prepare supplies and equipment for daily food preparation to include ovens, ranges, grills, fryers, broilers and steam units; operate blenders, meat slicers, mixers, and vegetable choppers; clean equipment after use.

Assist supervisor in training employees in their duties and responsibilities; provide instructions and guidance as required; assume lead responsibility for assigned work areas as directed.

Clean and sanitize assigned areas following proper procedures; participate in post-meal cleanup. Assist in the care and maintenance of work areas, supplies and equipment; alert supervisor to problems and needs as appropriate.

Follow all safety procedures for using equipment and chemicals; prepare food items according to recognized safe food handling practices.

Perform other duties related to the work described herein.

The above statements describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this classification. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required of personnel so classified.

Required Qualifications at this Level


Work requires the ability to understand and follow instructions, interpret recipes, use fractions to modify proportions and mix, measure and/or prepare ingredients generally acquired through a high school education.


Work requires one year of food production experience.




The intent of this job description is to provide a representative and level of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the total of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description.

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Essential Physical Job Functions

Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essential job functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.