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The Good Shepherd Community is a very rewarding place to work. We dedicate ourselves to caring for residents, tenants, and clients through the values of service, compassion, trust and respect.
Typical Day as a Cook/Catering Assistant
Baby boomers are continuing to shape our culture, and this time by the way of settling into a retirement home. They’re educated and know what they want in food. We take pride in providing excellent quality meals for every resident here at Good Shepherd.
The most rewarding part of the job is simply our residents – they are always so grateful to have a nice plate of food in front of them. The residents and even their families are always so complimentary. It makes the hectic hour or so beforehand all worthwhile and in a way, it’s like cooking for your own family. You’ll get to know everyone by name and they’ll know you. This can truly be one of the most rewarding jobs you could have.
The Good Shepherd Community offers a very comprehensive package of benefits to our employees including:
- Competitive wages
- Profit sharing 401k plan with match
- Flexible spending plan (cafeteria 125 plan)
- Paid personal leave
- Funeral leave
- Life insurance
- Employee assistance plan
- Employee wellness center
- Educational scholarships (upon availability)
- Corporate discounts
Here’s what a Typical Day of a Cook may look like.
After first arriving at the kitchen, the cooks must immediately begin to take inventory of all food and beverages. The cooks are responsible to be sure that all fruits and vegetables are fresh. Likewise, the cook should check the rest of the inventory to make sure all food, beverages and condiments are being used before the expiration date.
To start the day, this is the time when work should commence on any breakfast dishes that take longer to cook or can be prepared ahead of time. After cleaning dishes from the breakfast meal, it’s then that the cook’s full attention must be devoted to help create lunch, and then to serve it to the tenants.
After the lunch rush is over, our cooks have some time to take a lunch break of their own. Kitchen personnel usually stay and eat their midday meal together. As the afternoon progresses, it’s time to start preparing for the evening’s meal. This often involves making sauces, chopping and slicing vegetables and beginning to cook any meats that may take a long period of time to prepare, such as roasts or baked poultry.
Once dinner has been eaten and residents are being helped back to their rooms, it’ll be time to clean up. This is also time to plan and review the menu for the following day. It’s also the time for placing beverage and produce orders for the following day.
Knowing that you are contributing to making fresh, healthy meals for seniors is a wonderful thing. You’ll see faces light up as the meal arrives and know that you’re truly helping throughout the most important parts of the day.