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Event Cook

Company: Just Fare
Location: Oakland
Posted on: June 6, 2021

Job Description:

About Just Fare

We started as a Bay Area food and farm consultancy called Fare Resources in 2009 and have evolved into a multi-faceted social enterprise called Just Fare. What remains true throughout our journey is our commitment to good food and good people: creating great culinary and hospitality jobs, designing better culinary working environments, and sourcing as much good food from the local community as possible.

Today we offer products and services to deliver on our mission. We make great food for all people to support a better food system and demonstrate fair business practices by providing a quality workplace and creating delicious, dignified food for our community.

About Just Fare Events

Our Events team is dedicated to creating connection and community. Our commitment provides interpersonal gatherings by pairing food with people in the moment one event at a time, at every step of the process. Whether it be drop off platters for a small backyard gathering, an office happy hour, a full service wedding or corporate holiday party, we are dedicated to bringing the source, season, and people together in harmony to create lasting memories for all our clients.


The Event Cook participates in the preparation and execution of delicious dishes to the exact chef’s specifications for event menus. The event cooks will support the Executive Chef, Chef de Cuisine, Lead Event Chef and others as directed. Event cooks will perform basic prep skills, monitor inventory and assist in creation of all craft items, including in-house sauces, condiments, etc. A great event cook will be ambitious, quick and diligent, with an openness to learning, collaborating, and adapting on the job. They will be deft and able to follow instructions as well as all health and safety rules in the kitchen. The ideal candidate will also be able to function in a fast-paced, busy environment as a part of a team. The Event Cook will play a key role in contributing to our customer satisfaction and acquisition goals. Additionally, this role will assist in supporting the team in prep and production, inventory systems and storage, time and temperature logs, and opening/closing checklists.


  • Assist in the receiving and proper storage of all orders/inventory
  • Assist in completing opening and closing duties
  • Ensures time, temperature, and labeling standards are achieved
  • Follow the prep lists and guidance of EC and CDC, and be open to sharing input by bringing valuable questions to the team.
  • Set up and stocking stations with all necessary supplies
  • Execute dishes of multiple cuisines from start to finish, and cook menu items in cooperation with the rest of the event staff
  • Ensure that food comes out simultaneously, in high quality and in a timely fashion
  • Measure ingredients and seasonings to be used in cooking
  • Prepare cooking ingredients by washing and chopping vegetables, cutting meat etc.
  • Undertake basic cooking duties such as reducing sauces, parboiling food etc.
  • Clean up station and take care of leftover food
  • Assist in maintaining a clean and orderly kitchen by washing dishes, sanitizing surfaces, taking out trash etc.
  • Ensure all food and other items are stored properly
  • Comply with nutrition and sanitation regulations and safety standards
  • Perform other kitchen duties as assigned
  • Maintain a positive and professional approach with coworkers and customers


  • 2+ years experience in a formal kitchen environment with a passion for food and people
  • Basic understanding of professional cooking and knife handling skills, local and seasonal ingredients and diverse cooking styles and cultures
  • Proven cooking experience, including experience as a Line Chef, Restaurant Cook or Prep Cook, with ability to operate cutting tools and kitchen utensils
  • Accuracy and speed in executing assigned tasks
  • Familiar with industry’s best practices
  • Excellent understanding of professional cooking and knife handling skills
  • Extremely organized and disciplined with ability to multi-task
  • Positive attitude, strong work ethic, communication and patience, with an ability to stay calm under pressure
  • Fun to be around
  • Ability to be a self-sufficient problem solver and make sound decisions on-the-fly, and know when to ask for help.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Attendance and punctuality is required with schedule flexibility determined by needs
  • Understanding and knowledge of safety, sanitation and food handling procedures.
  • Heavy Lifting of boxes containing produce/meat - Able to lift 50+lbs
  • Basic ServSafe certification
  • Bonus: Valid CA Driver’s License and experience driving commercial vans

Schedule & Expectations

Typical schedules include weekends for event execution, though may vary depending on event schedule. We care deeply about work life balance and will work with you to ensure a manageable work schedule. This role is part time / on call with hours dependent on event services.


  • Competitive salary / wages
  • 401K retirement account and Commuter Benefits (after 90 day introductory period)
  • Free meals
  • Opportunity to develop your skills, work with amazing people and together to make an impact within the community to change the world!
  • BOH/FOH Staff: Opportunity to pick up shifts in other business units relevant to your experience

Keywords: Just Fare, Oakland , Event Cook, Other , Oakland, California

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