The Good Life Senior Residences is seeking a cook to make two meals a day Monday - Friday while building relationships with the seniors living within the program.
The Good Life Senior Residences is a one of a kind program for seniors to live in community with six younger people who help them to clean their apartments and provide companionship, as well as a program coordinator and a full time cook.
**This is not a professional kitchen, this is a kitchen that you would find in a typical home. You do not need to have a culinary background, just a proficiency in cooking and the ability to make connections with all walks of life.**
Summary of Responsibilities:
Plans, prepares, and serves lunch and dinner to approximately 15+ residents Monday through Friday. Assisting with special parties and community lunches where food is served. Remain certified in sanitation or proper food handling. Manage food storage and cleanliness of kitchen and pantry. Assist Coordinator as needed.
Tasks & Responsibilities:
Use cooking knowledge to plan healthy, appealing menus while being aware of budget
Prepare grocery lists and menus one week in advance for Coordinator approval
Ordering once monthly from the Greater Chicago Food Depository
Cook food portions adequate for the size of the group being served
Although special diets are not offered, some accommodations are made for the health of residents – flexibility is a must
Keep areas and appliances clean and organized:
Kitchen and dining room
Food storage area
Responsible for all aspects of food in the house, with the exception of grocery shopping. This includes planning menus and grocery lists, as well as unloading groceries and organizing them in the food storage area
Create and maintain relationships with elderly residents of the Good Life Senior Residences as well is keeping the values of H.O.M.E. in everyday work and encounters with elderly residents
Work with the Resident Assistant’s to maintain cleanliness of pantry and kitchen. Display teamwork skills and a passion for H.O.M.E.’s mission
Educate staff in proper food preparation and handling
May take responsibility for resident’s needs in the absence of the Coordinator
Be dependable and punctual
Other responsibilities assigned by the Good Life Coordinator
Ability to create relationships with all types of people
Understanding that all people deserve to have a community and family
Good communications and organizational skills
Cooking experience to create tasty and healthy meals that meet the expectations of 15 older adults and 4 younger adults.
Cooking for 15+ people
Ability to problem solve and utilize all resources
Cooking experience, or ability to create a variety of dishes
City of Chicago Food Sanitation Managers License
Founded in 1982 H.O.M.E. helps Chicago’s low-income older adults to live independent and socially engaged lives by providing intergenerational housing, home repair services, a shopping bus, moving assistance, and caring volunteers.