SEIU Cook Helper

Rochester, NY


Assists in gathering food supplies and equipment for Cooks and assists them in the preparation of food. May perform grill and broiler activities independently.




Ovens, microwave ovens, ranges, grills, fryers, steamers, steam kettles, broilers, mixers, tilting brazing skillet, choppers, blenders, grinders, slicers, woks, tenderizers, bowls, kettles, pots, vischer cookers, vertical cutter mixer, toasters, pans, utensils, measuring cups and spoons, knives and other related equipment.


  1. Tends foods that are cooking and tests them for progress of cooking. May adjust cooking time and temperature and add seasonings and ingredients as directed. Prepares beverages and like items. May prepare special diet foods and short-order foods such as on grills or in broiler.

  2. Peels, washes, trims and cuts vegetables, fruit, meat, cheese and other foods. Measures and mixes ingredients according to computer-generated recipes.

  3. Prepares servings of food items. Makes up patients' trays and serves food onto a food truck or containers. Observes precautions against deterioration and degradation of prepared foods, foods awaiting preparation and leftovers awaiting proper storage.

  4. Removes food from carts when returned; wraps, stores, processes or discards as directed. Cleans utensils, equipment and work area, stores food in prescribed manner and follows all other instructions to maintain prescribed standards of sanitation and safety.

  5. Obtains and arranges food, supplies, and utensils and prepares oven, fryers and grills. May obtain food trucks, containers and trays.


Requires knowledge of the methods of food preparation, ability to read and write English and understand and follow oral and written instructions and 1 year experience in commercial food service; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Ability to lift items weighing approximately 40-50 pounds

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How To Apply

All applicants must apply online.

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Pay Range

Pay Range: $17.69 - $23.99 Hourly

The referenced pay range represents the first and last step pay rates for this job, as set forth in the applicable collective bargaining agreement. Individual pay will be set in accordance with terms of the applicable collective bargaining agreement.

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Full/Part Time: Full-Time