SUMMARY: Prepares meals for consumption in a sanitary and efficient manner following the regulations set by the Department of Health.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  •  Washes and sanitizes the dishes, utensils and cooking areas.
  • Delivers food setup to classrooms and collects and cleans up items after meals are served.
  • Maintains cleanliness and order of food storage areas.
  • Assists with the ordering, receiving and storage of food.
  • Maintains sanitation of cooking materials and appliances used in preparing meals.
  • Prepares meals in accordance with menus provided and the regulations of the Department of Health and Illinois Board of Education.
  • Observes and monitors eating habits of program participants to report to supervisor.


  • Assists in developing a well-balanced menu on a quarterly basis.
  • Other duties may be assigned.


  • High school diploma or equivalent preferred.
  • Up to one year of job-related prior experience preferred.
  • Certification in food and sanitation preferred.


  • Knowledge of basic cooking techniques.
  • Skilled in basic math.
  • Ability to comprehend memos, letters and correspondence and share information in one-on-one situations.
  • Ability to carry out one to two steps of instructions for new projects, as required.
  • Ability to provide daily direct service to external customers.


  • Exposed to loud noise levels.
  • Exposed to moderations of temperature in kitchen environment.


  • Requires regular talking, hearing, grasping, standing, and reaching with hand/arms.
  • Requires frequent walking, climbing or balancing, and repetitive wrist, hand and/or finger movement.
  • Regularly required to lift objects weighing up to 20 pounds.
  • Frequently required to lift objects weighing up to 25 pounds.
  • Occasionally required to lift objects weighing up to 40 pounds.
  • Requires clarity of vision at 20 inches or less.
  • Requires a normal level of attention.