SCHOOL COOK | KIKAMBALA – 2024

Hospitality

Singawa School

SCHOOL COOK | KIKAMBALA – 2024

Job Description:

As a School Cook at Kikambala, you’ll play a vital role in delivering top-notch food services during term time and special events under the supervision of the Catering Manager and Head Chefs. Your commitment to excellence will ensure that every meal served maintains the highest quality standards, contributing to a positive dining experience for students, staff, and guests.

Responsibilities:

1. Meal Preparation and Presentation:

  • Take charge of preparing, presenting, and serving meals to exceptional standards.
  • Cater for various functions and events, ensuring diverse culinary offerings.

2. Kitchen Management:

  • Maintain cleanliness and hygiene standards in the kitchen area and equipment.
  • Control waste during preparation and cooking processes, emphasizing efficiency.

3. Food Safety and Hygiene:

  • Adhere strictly to health, hygiene, and safety protocols, ensuring compliance with regulations.
  • Monitor food stock, equipment usage, and portion control to maintain quality and safety.

4. Operational Support:

  • Assist in data collection and daily checks to uphold operational efficiency.
  • Report accidents, damages, or incidents promptly to the Catering Manager.

5. Hygiene Rating and Facility Management:

  • Contribute actively to achieving and maintaining a five-star food hygiene rating.
  • Ensure timely opening, closing, and security of the Catering Department premises.

6. Continuous Improvement:

  • Attend relevant training sessions to enhance skills and knowledge.
  • Embrace opportunities for continuous improvement in job performance.

Qualifications:

  • KCSE certificate
  • Food Handler’s Certificate

Ideal Candidate Profile:

  • Previous experience in a school or high-volume food service environment.
  • Familiarity with child protection and safeguarding procedures, including knowledge of The Children’s Act.
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills for effective interaction with stakeholders.
  • Ability to maintain high standards of performance, even under pressure.
  • Positive, approachable, and flexible demeanor with a common-sense approach to problem-solving.
  • Strong organizational and multitasking abilities, coupled with self-motivation and resilience.
  • Demonstrated capability to work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Excellent attendance record and punctuality.
  • Motivated individual committed to driving continuous improvement initiatives.
  • Reliable and dedicated to fulfilling job responsibilities diligently.

How to Apply:

Interested candidates should submit their COVER LETTER, CV, and relevant supporting CREDENTIALS to hr@singawa.co.ke by May 24, 2024. Only successful candidates will be contacted. Please ensure all documents are in English.


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SAMPLE COVER LETTER FOR A SCHOOL COOK:

[Your Name]

[Your Address]

[City, State, Zip Code]

[Your Email Address]

[Your Phone Number]

[Date]

[Recipient’s Name]

HR Department Singawa School Kikambala

Dear [Recipient’s Name],

I am writing to express my interest in the School Cook position at Singawa School in Kikambala, as advertised. With a solid background in culinary arts and a passion for delivering high-quality food services, I am excited about the opportunity to contribute to your esteemed institution.

During my previous roles in high-volume catering environments, I have honed my skills in meal preparation, presentation, and kitchen management. My commitment to maintaining impeccable hygiene standards, coupled with my understanding of child protection and safety protocols, aligns well with the requirements of the position.

I am particularly drawn to Singawa School’s commitment to excellence and continuous improvement. I am eager to leverage my experience and expertise to support the school’s mission of providing nutritious meals and fostering a positive dining experience for students, staff, and guests.

Enclosed is my CV, which provides further details about my professional background and accomplishments. I am looking forward to the opportunity to discuss how my skills and qualifications align with the needs of Singawa School.

Thank you for considering my application. I am excited about the possibility of joining your team and contributing to the success of Singawa School.

Warm regards,

[Your Name]

HOW TO BE A SUCCESSFUL APPLICANT FOR THE SCHOOL COOK POSITION:

  1. Tailor your application: Customize your cover letter and CV to highlight relevant experience and skills.
  2. Showcase your culinary expertise: Emphasize your ability to prepare and present meals to high standards.
  3. Demonstrate understanding: Familiarize yourself with child protection and safety procedures, showcasing your commitment to compliance.
  4. Highlight teamwork: Illustrate your ability to work collaboratively in a fast-paced environment, emphasizing your contributions to team success.
  5. Prioritize professionalism: Ensure that your application materials are well-presented and error-free, reflecting your professionalism and attention to detail.
  6. Show enthusiasm: Express genuine interest in the role and the institution, demonstrating your passion for contributing to the school’s mission.
  7. Provide evidence of reliability: Highlight your strong attendance record and punctuality, underscoring your reliability as a candidate.
  8. Prepare for success: Research the school and the role thoroughly, preparing to discuss how your skills and experience align with their needs during interviews.
  9. Stay proactive: Follow up on your application if you haven’t heard back within a reasonable timeframe, demonstrating your proactive approach to seeking opportunities.
  10. Be patient and persistent: Understand that the hiring process may take time, and remain patient while staying engaged and responsive to communication from the employer.

Possible School Cook Interview Questions With Answers:

  1. How do you ensure food safety and hygiene standards are maintained in the kitchen?

    Answer: I strictly adhere to health and safety protocols, including regular cleaning and sanitization of equipment and surfaces, as well as proper storage and handling of food items.

  2. Can you describe a time when you had to cater for a large event or function? How did you ensure everything ran smoothly?

    Answer: In my previous role, I coordinated with the catering team to plan menus, estimate quantities, and organize kitchen schedules. Effective communication and meticulous planning ensured the event was a success.

  3. How do you handle pressure during peak service times?

    Answer: I prioritize tasks, maintain focus, and communicate effectively with team members to streamline operations and ensure efficient service delivery, even under pressure.

  4. What steps do you take to minimize food waste in the kitchen?

    Answer: I carefully monitor inventory levels, plan menus to utilize ingredients efficiently, and implement portion control measures to minimize food waste without compromising on quality.

  5. How do you handle feedback or complaints from students, staff, or guests regarding food quality or service?

    Answer: I listen attentively to feedback, address concerns promptly and professionally, and take proactive steps to prevent similar issues in the future, prioritizing customer satisfaction at all times.

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Best wishes in your job search, and thank you for considering a career with us. We are committed to attracting and retaining the best employees from all races and backgrounds in our continued effort to become a better development partner. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not charge any application/recruitment fee, whether refundable or not.

To apply for this job email your details to hr@singawa.co.ke


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