Orchard at Brookhaven
  • Atlanta, GA, USA
  • Hourly
  • Full Time

Vacation, Health, Dental, Vision, Life Insurance, Flexible Schedule


TITLE OF IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR: Director of Culinary Services/Executive Chef


STATUS: Non-Exempt/Hourly


The Cook is responsible for participating in the planning, preparation, cooking and plating of meals. Other responsibilities include cleaning, providing training and direction to dietary aids, serving, stocking and reporting inventory needs to the Director of Culinary Services.



  • High school diploma or GED preferred
  • Customer service oriented and ability to multi task
  • Previous food service experience, preferred
  • Must successfully clear a background check, TB skin test or x-ray, and health screening
  • Current CPR certification
  • Current certificate of training for successful completion of the five (5) hour initial fire safety training provided by the Rules and Regulations of the Georgia Safety Fire Commissioner




  • Cooks, or otherwise, prepares high-quality, nutritious meals with excellent food presentation according to recipes and/or menu
  • Provides assistance to the Executive Chef in the preparation and service of meals
  • Cuts, trims and bone meats and poultry for cooking; carves meats; and serves sauces, vegetables, soups and other foods
  • Portions cooked foods- gives instructions to the kitchen staff as to size of portions and methods of garnishing
  • Receives and examines foods and supplies to ensure quality and quantity meets established standards and specifications
  • Ensures proper storage and food handling, adheres to all regulations and guidelines
  • Maintains, cleans, and sanitize, kitchen equipment and dining room
  • Ensures the completion of a dietary card on all residents as well as use of dietary cards for each resident and respite guest at every meal
  • Engages residents in meaningful conversation and activities related to their individual interests
  • Assures proper food sanitation and infection control procedures as adhered to at all time
  • Makes sure all drinking containers are labeled at ALL times
  • Meets scheduled meal and snack times
  • Follows Federal and State long term care regulations and Dietary Department
  • Follows cleaning schedules and perform cleaning duties as scheduled
  • May at times set up the dining room and serve residents
  • May at times wash and store dishes
  • Assists in receiving and storing food and supplies
  • Attends in-service educational programs
  • Follows defined safety codes while performing all duties
  • Understands facility's fire and disaster plans; follows established procedures during drills and actual emergencies
  • Performs other department duties or special assignments as directed by the Executive Chef or Culinary Team Leader



  • Works with integrity; upholds organizational values
  • Must be able to work semi-independently
  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating procedures, policies and employee manuals
  • Ability to speak effectively in front of others
  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of variables in situations
  • Attention to detail



  • Adheres to all Orchard policies and procedures
  • Maintains absolute confidentiality of all information pertaining to residents, families, and staff and adhere to all HIPAA rules
  • Displays a positive and professional image and attitude in all relationships with residents, families, peers and in the community- Outlined in detail in the employee handbook
  • Maintains positive communication and team collaboration
  • Serves as an ambassador for Orchard at all times
  • Demonstrates ongoing responsibility for self-education
  • Maintains resident and personal safety regarding occupational health and safety
  • Attends regularly scheduled department meetings
  • Responsible for maintaining all continuing education and training requirements for position
  • Attends and participates in onsite training and continuing education as required
  • Participates in safety program, as requested
  • Cooperates to investigate employee injuries
  • Promotes and support safety awareness and implement safety operations
  • Participates in orientation of new employees
  • Participates in volunteer orientations, training and education as requested
  • Remains updated on all state regulations related to position
  • Ensures compliance with all state and federal regulations (i.e. OSHA)
  • Participates in the risk management programs
  • Demonstrates the ability to be innovative and creative and have patience, high energy and resourcefulness in problem solving
  • Ability to work evenings, weekends and flexible hours when necessary to meet the needs of our residents
  • Follows Professional Dress Code policies as outlined in the employee handbook for community and department specific standards
  • Adheres to Orchard's No Cell Phone policy as outlined in the employee handbook at all times
  • Perform other related duties as assigned



All employees are expected to uphold the Orchard F-A-M-I-L-Y mission and vision.


Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Gentleness, and Self-Control

These are the fruits of the spirit you can expect from the Orchard F-A-M-I-L-Y values and best practices.


First Impressions

All are welcomed with an authentic and inviting experience into the beautiful, well organized, and relaxing home we share.


Accountability and Integrity

We value the ability of our team to be reliable, personally responsible, and to honor their commitment to residents, families, leadership and one another. Accountability involves a process of seeing the need, owning the next step, and staying solution focused.


Meaningful Moments

When it comes to creating a life worth living, each person has unique and individual needs. We are dedicated to creating purpose and wellbeing through connection with our team, local affiliates and organizations, and previous community relationships whenever possible.


Information and Communication

We believe knowledge is power and communication is the lifeline to effective collaboration.


Learning and Leading

Curiosity, willingness, and personal action create the professional path to achieving the orchard FAMILY of excellence.


Yes "we can" Attitude

With a can-do character we are committed to creative solution focused problem solving.




ADA Requirements (essential functions)

Physical Requirements


More than 25 lbs, routinely


More than 75 lbs, occasionally



150 lb. or greater resident weight



1 - 3 hours/day



4 - 5 hour/day



2 - 4 hours/day


Bend, stoop, squat, and/or twist

Repeatedly throughout day


Climbing stairs

Repeatedly throughout day



3 4 hours/day arms shoulder level


Use of telephone

1 - 2 hours/day


Working under pressure

3 4 hours/day


Working rapidly for long periods

2 - 3 hours/day


Use of keyboard/computer, printer, fax, copier

0 - 1 hours/day


Position requires close work; finger dexterity; adequate hearing and vision (with or without correction).  Must be able to stand and walk intermittently throughout the working day, as well as reach, stoop, bend, lifts, carry, and manipulates various food products, dietary supplies and kitchen equipment.  This Position must be able to lift and/or carry 50 to 75 pounds and withstand exposure to temperature and humidity changes as in entering refrigerated storage areas, working at ovens, ranges, dish-washing machines, and at steam tables. 

May occasionally work longer than 8 hours/day.


Cognitive or Mental Requirements

The following cognitive or mental requirements are necessary on a daily basis:

  • Critical thinking
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Mathematics
  • Drawing conclusions from written or computer-generated materials
  • Clear verbal articulation of the English language

Working Environment

  • Indoors
  • Possible exposure to communicable diseases
  • Skin contact with solvents or other chemicals such as alcohol, acetone, detergents, bleach, and latex gloves
  • Exposure to medical equipment with the risk of lacerations or punctures

This job description is only a summary and is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required by the employee.  This document is subject to change at any time.

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