Centura Health Cook in Denver, Colorado


A key focus of Centura's overall business strategy is talent development. Centura is committed to providing the tools and processes that will enable associates to plan their careers. The preferred practice is to post available positions on the Centura Health Career Website allowing visibility to job opportunities at Centura.



Associates are eligible to apply for an open position if they are:

  1. Active in their current position for at least six months or have manager and HR approval to be released early;

  2. Ratings meet expectations or higher on their PFD review;

  3. No written warning or Performance Improvement Plan (PIP) within the last six months unless their manager receives approval from HR; and

  4. Continuous sustained improvement is demonstrated.

Job Posting

Centura’s general practice is to post available positions on the Career Website for a minimum of three business days (HR reserves the right to close a posting based on the number of applications received within the three business days). The position may be posted internally and externally simultaneously. The organization reserves the right to post internally only before posting externally.


_Position Summary_

Follows at menu to prepare and cook food for patients, visitors and staff members. Responsible for following Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Safe Handling Guidelines regarding food safety and sanitation. Will provide excellent customer services when working with patients, visitors and other staff members. Provides oversight and training to staff.

_Minimum Education Requirements_

High School diploma or GED preferred

Culinary training preferred

_Minimum Experience Requirements_

Two years of previous restaurant or institutional cooking experience

Experience in hospital food service setting, preferred

Strong communication skills; ability to read, write and speak English

Basic computer skills


Food Service Safe Certification, preferred

_Position Duties (essential functions denoted with an * )_

Cooks all foods according to the standardized recipes. *

Prepares food items according to patient specific restrictions and established schedules. *

Maintain adequate supply of hot and cold items required for cafeteria, patient and unit stocking. *

Prepares food for institutional functions, both standard and special. *

Demonstrates ability to operate commercial food preparation equipment. *

Ensures that all food prepared meet existing standards for quality, freshness, taste and appearance. Maintain quality product freshness as assured by proper label dating and rotation. *

Alerts supervisor to problems and needs concerning equipment and food supplies. *

Practices proper portion control on a consistent basis. *

Stock work area and tray line. *

Completes all duties of specific food production area. *

Treats all customers and other staff members with respect and exhibits good customer service skills. *

Questions and complaints are responded to in a timely manner. *

Problems, complaints, or questions that a Cook cannot respond to are brought to the Supervisor’s attention. *

Communicates special needs to appropriate staff to insure patient needs are met. *

Helps to maintain a positive, team orientated, professional, service conscious environment. *

Serves as a resource for less experienced staff. *

Follows uniform and dress code policy. *

Follows proper food handling procedures by checking for appropriate food temperatures. *

Sorts food waste via recycling, compost or garbage. *

Sanitizes utensils and equipment. *

Stocks, cleans and maintains a sanitary environment of assigned area. *

Puts away the dry staples, disposables, frozen and refrigerated groceries in their appropriate storage areas. *

Ensures the use of FIFO rotation system and properly labels and dates all items per policy. *

Ensures that items are well organized and accessible. *

Follows all department and hospital infection control and safety policies. *

Orders conform to diet standards and physician orders. *

Applies basic understanding of allergy knowledge when serving patients and guests. *

Orders conform to diet standards and physician orders. *

Applies basic understanding of allergy knowledge when serving patients and guests. *

Order for staff and guest trays completed within guidelines for ordering. *

Maintains required department records and statistics for administrative purposes and budget preparation. *

Participates in department and hospital educational programs, in-service meeting and safety trainings. *

Identifies potential needs areas for continuous quality improvement and reports process improvement ideas to supervisor, manager and/or Quality Department. Participates in quality improvement initiatives.*

_Physical Requirements_

Light Work - exert/lift up to 20 lbs. force occasionally, and/or up to 10 lbs. frequently)

Important notification to applicants as of Nov. 20, 2014: Effective Jan. 1, 2015, Centura Health will no longer hire tobacco users in Colorado and Kansas. The change to our policy does not apply to associates hired on or before Dec. 31, 2014. Centura Health is an Equal Opportunity Employer, M/F/D/V.