AM Cook

The Cook II position is a vital, full-time staff role at LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Napa, CA. Reporting to the Head Chef, the Cook II plays an integral part in kitchen operations, ensuring timely meal service while maintaining standards for food quality and consistent recipe preparation. This position requires strong communication skills, teamwork, and contribution to the overall success of kitchen operations.

DUTIES

Headquartered in San Francisco, California, LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired is a renowned organization providing education, training, advocacy, and community support for blind individuals globally. Established in 1902, LightHouse is a leading comprehensive blindness organization in North America. Our mission is to promote the independence, equality, and self-reliance of people who are blind or have low vision.

This position is based at our retreat center, Enchanted Hills, in Napa, California. Enchanted Hills caters to various clients and hosts in-house programs, including the cherished tradition of a summer camp that fosters adventure and lifelong friendships for individuals with visual impairments.

*Blind/visually impaired strongly encouraged to apply.

QUALIFICATIONS

QUALIFICATIONS:

1 year of culinary experience in a commercial setting required
Knowledge of principles and practices within the food profession
Valid CA food handlers permit
Formal culinary training preferred
Ability to follow directions and willingness to seek clarification
Professional communication with co-workers and other departments
Willingness to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends
Maturity of judgment and behavior
Attention to detail
Proficiency in written and spoken English
High standards for work areas and personal hygiene
Compliance with dress code requirements

REQUIRED SKILLS/ABILITIES:

Basic knife skills
Ability to read, comprehend, execute, and scale recipes
Intermediate level of culinary skills
Excellent written, verbal, and presentation skills
Organizational, time management, problem-solving, and interpersonal skills
Monitor, evaluate, and solve operational problems
Strong teamwork and interpersonal skills
Adaptability, dependability, and ability to handle multiple priorities
Work in a fast-paced environment, juggling multiple tasks
Demonstrate a high level of service responsiveness to customers
Excellent logistical planning and delegating skills
Display a high level of energy and self-motivation
Demonstrated history of improving guest experience with measurable results

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES:

Prepare food with precision and consistency following organization’s recipes
Ensure consistency and superiority in food preparation, quality, and service
Apply safe food handling practices and operate kitchen equipment
Set an example for kitchen staff by following safety, hygiene, and performance protocols
Complete daily checklists accurately
Maintain cleanliness, organization, and stocking of coolers and storage areas
Label, date, and wrap food products in accordance with regulations
Follow protocols to document food waste
Care for kitchen equipment
Create a welcoming environment for guests and employees
Adhere to in-house, local, and state hygiene policies and guidelines
Willingness to perform other related duties as assigned.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

Capable of significant walking over uneven terrain
Ability to work in a standing position for long periods of time (up to 8 hours).
Lift up to 50 pounds frequently and occasionally team lift/move 50 pounds
Manage physical activities such as standing, bending, stooping, stretching, exposure to sun and heat, and varying environmental conditions
Safely work with sensitive materials and/or chemicals
Ability to independently travel to all LightHouse campuses and throughout the community as needed.