Job Description

Sopris Cook

Sopris Lodge, 295 Rio Grande Ave., Carbondale, Colorado, United States of America Req #3217
Wednesday, July 20, 2022
WellAge is an established and recognized leader driving high-quality service innovation for seniors and value for our investors. "WellAge" means "aging well," inspiring our focus to create innovative and customer-driven models filled with personalized and meaningful living experiences.

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Engaging Culture - Competitive Pay - GrowthOpportunities - Great Benefits - Family Environment - Daily pay is an option

The Cook will prepare, cook, season, and serve adequate, attractive, nutritious, and balanced meals. Meals prepared include meat, fish, fowl, vegetables, fruit, soups, salads, desserts, breads, and pastries, as specified and scheduled by the menus. The person holding this position is delegated the responsibility for carrying out the assigned duties and responsibilities in accordance with current existing federal and state regulations and established company policies and procedures.


Food Preparation Duties:              

  • Handle and prepare food that is palatable, appetizing and attractive

  • Establish practice of serving hot food hot and cold food cold

  • Cook a variety of foods in large quantities

  • Be familiar with seasoning and cooking time required

  • Be aware of cooking characteristics of various cuts of meats, fish and fowl

  • Prepare foods for cooking: Peel, wash, trim, and cut vegetables and fruit; wash, cut, de-bone and trim meat, fish and fowl

  • Cook food: Bake, roast, stew and steam-cook meats, fish and fowl, basting as necessary to retain flavor; make gravies, stocks, dressings, sauces and soups

  • Prepare cold meats, sandwiches, griddle cakes, cooked cereals, and beverages

  • Use initiative and judgment in setting up meals and utilizing leftovers to avoid waste

  • Follow standard recipes but make independent decisions in line with current experience

  • Understand importance of proper food-handling techniques and hazards of improper food handling

  • Estimate quantities of food required and apportion servings while monitoring portion-controlled guidelines for individual residents

  • Taste, smell, and observe food to ensure conformity with recipes and appearance

  • Serve food according to dietary guidelines, checking each tray for completeness and accuracy

Kitchen Duties:                

  • Comply with meal schedules

  • Maintain and use equipment and supplies

  • Work cooperatively with other staff and departments

  • Wash pots, pans, and other equipment as used

  • Responsible for supervision of other food service employees in absence of the Executive Chef

  • All other duties as requested



Demonstrates resourcefulness

Detail oriented and follow through

Ability to prioritize and multi-task priorities

Relationship Building

Work well with people including staff, residents, families

Enjoy working with older people

Demonstrates friendliness and enthusiasm

Have a caring attitude and sincere interest in others

Demonstrates honesty


Communicates clearly and effectively 

Strategic Thinking

Displays creativity 

Curiosity and desire to learn


  • Ability to prepare and cook a variety of foods in large quantities

  • Aware of special diets, seasoning requirements, cooking times, temperature controls

  • Ability to estimate quantities of food required, limit waste, utilize leftovers while serving attractive, appetizing meals

  • Serve safe certification 


Education: High School Diploma or GED preferred                                                                                                  Experience: Previous experience in the dining department of a senior care community preferred but not necessary.


  • Frequent walking per shift

  • Frequent standing per shift while preparing and serving food

  • Lifting 1- 20# frequently, 21-35# occasionally, 36 - 70# rarely 

  • Bending and reaching, squatting and kneeling, crawling and climbing

  • Extreme hot and cold temperature changes

  • Use of large and small kitchen equipment


  • Non-Exempt


Kitchen, freezers, refrigerators, loading dock, dining room


Standards: State Health Department Regulations


  • Reports to Executive Chef

  • Department-Dining


Wellage is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  

Wellage is an equal opportunity employer.

Other details

  • Pay Type Hourly
  • Employment Indicator Regular
  • Min Hiring Rate $18.00
  • Max Hiring Rate $21.00

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