Cook Job Description

Cayuga Nursing and Rehabilitation Center have completed beautiful, modern renovations and are looking for quality staff. A new culture and atmosphere under new leadership. Come and be a part of something special.

Position Summary:

  • The Cook prepares and serves food including texture modified and therapeutic diets according to the approved menu.

  • Prepares food in accordance with current applicable federal, state, and local standards, guidelines and regulations, in line with our established policies and procedures

  • Clean and sanitize kitchen facilities, utensils and equipment.

  • The Cook assists in assuring proper receiving, storage, preparation, serving, sanitation, and cleaning procedures are followed.

  • The Cook must be detail-oriented, well-groomed, act professionally and work well with others.

  • The Cook must assist dietary aides as necessary, and direct other employees with approval and in the absence of the Food Services Director and the Food Service Supervisor.

  • The Cook must be willing to perform any other duties assigned by the Food Service Director that pertain to the Dietary Department.

  • The Cook consistently embodies the characteristics necessary to drive the Company’s Purpose, Vision, Values, and DNA.



  • A high school diploma or equivalent is preferred. Specialized training in food service is desirable. May be required to successfully complete an approved sanitation and safety course.

  • Ability to satisfactorily complete an orientation program

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the needs of the aged population and the nursing care they require

  • Ability to read, speak and understand English, follow directions and complete tasks.

  • Ability to prepare and cook a variety of foods including soups, sauces, meats, fish, vegetables, baked goods, etc

  • Ability to follow time schedules for meal preparation and serving.

  • Maintain a neat, clean, well-groomed appearance.

  • Dependable, trustworthy, team player.

  • General knowledge and understanding of nutrition.

  • Ability to read and accurately apply requirements of food tray cards.

  • Ability to maintain records and complete reports as required.

  • Written and oral communication skills.

  • Knowledge of quantity food production and serving techniques, food safety/sanitation requirements and procedures.

  • Ability to interact positively with residents, client and other personnel and the public.


Additional Requirements:

  • Must exercise initiative in preparation and service of meals and in maintaining kitchen in a clean and orderly condition.

  • Must be able to lift/carry a maximum of 50 pounds, push/pull a maximum of 50 pounds, stand, sit, bend and walk for extended periods of time.

  • Must be able to work around food and cleaning products.

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Cayuga Nursing & Rehabilitation Center

1229 Trumansburg Rd.

Ithaca, NY 14850

P (607) 273-8072

F (607) 273-0373