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Cook (Temporary)

Apply now Department: 3670009200 Department of Housing & Dining
Job no: 503329
Work type: Temporary Full-time
Location: Manhattan, Kansas
Categories: Dining / Hospitality
Pay Grade: 02A

About This Role:

Housing and Dining Services offers a unique and exciting opportunity for temporary employment as a Cook with Union Station by JP's a new, soon to open full-service restaurant.

Join our team of Cooks in preparing quality food in a diverse team environment dedicated to providing and supporting a “guest first” service culture.  We are seeking qualified applicants for several temporary positions to prepare quality food for our “lunch crowd”. Work shifts will vary.

Why Join Us:

Housing and Dining Services (HDS) is a large, self-operated auxiliary department serving more than 6,000 students that call the K-State campus home.  This "home away from home" meets more than the basic needs of students living with us — we provide affordable, safe and engaging accommodations for our residents, while finding unique ways to support them in their academic pursuits. 

In addition to serving students and the campus community, our retail venues provide the opportunity to serve the local community.  HDS retail operations include JP’s Sports Grill, Cornerstone Coffee & Bakery, The Bakery at Derby Dining Center, Quik Cats Convenience Stores, Overtime Grill at Kramer Dining Center and Union Station by JP’s, our newest retail restaurant that will include catering services.

We Support Diversity and Inclusion:

Kansas State University embraces diversity and promotes inclusion in every sector of the institution. The university actively seeks individuals whose commitments and contributions will advance the University's dedication to the Principles of Community.



  • Prepare and serve high quality food, catering production and coordinate food production using made-to-order cooking methods appropriate for a restaurant environment. Follow menus and uses standardized recipes to produce food products. Tastes and evaluates products to ensure quality standards are met.
  • Coordinate food production and service.  Meet time lines for opening restaurant. Monitor compliance to quality standards. 
  • Make production assignments for hourly student employees throughout meal production. Direct and train students to follow established food production and safe food handling procedures.
  • Participate in training sessions and adheres to all HACCP procedures and food safety practices. 
  • Under direction of management, assist in maintaining controls for effectively using resource. Suggests operational changes when indicated for better use of resources.
  • Develop and maintain good working relationships with students, and management staff. Enforce student employee dress and conduct code requirements.

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

Minimum Requirements:  One year of experience in commercial/institutional cooking.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 1 - 3 years cooking experience in a restaurant setting.
  • Considerable knowledge of “from scratch” batch food preparation, proper use of equipment, food safety, sanitation, and safety procedures.
  • Ability to present prepared food attractively.
  • Ability to develop and maintain congenial work relationships with others.
  • Ability to understand and follow written and verbal instructions.
  • Ability to learn to perform basic math computations; to accurately weigh and measure ingredients, to use and care for equipment and handle food safely while preparing high quality products.
  • High school graduation/GED
  • ServSafe certification

Other Requirements:

  • Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States at the time of employment

How to Apply:

Please complete the online application

Screening of Applications Begins:

Screening begins immediately and continues until the positions are filled.

Salary Range/ Pay Rate:

$9.68 - $14.04 per hour

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees.

Background Screening Statement:

In connection with your application for employment, Kansas State University will procure a Background Screen on you as part of the process of considering your candidacy as an employee.

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