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House Cook

House Cook

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US-CA-Thousand Oaks
US-CA-Thousand Oaks
Caregiver / Direct Support
Regular Full-Time
Not applicable

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With 40 programs and service sites spanning several counties, United Cerebral Palsy of Los Angeles, Ventura & Santa Barbara Counties (UCPLA) is the largest nonprofit provider of direct care services for individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities in Southern California.


UCPLA is hiring a House Cook responsible for cooking from a specified menu. The House Cook will be required to adhere to all food handling and sanitation guidelines; follow documentation requirements; maintain an orderly and clean kitchen; effectively interact with residents, guests, and team members professionally; have good listening skills; and be a team player.


  • Follows the nutritional plans outlined for all clients and adheres to recipes and guidelines for scheduled meals
  • Prepares, cooks, and plates food accurately, maintaining high quality standards
  • Adheres to all food handling and sanitation guidelines
  • Inspects and cleans food preparation areas, such as equipment and work surfaces to ensure safe and sanitary food-handling practices
  • Organizes and cleans kitchen, cookware, cooking utensils, dishes, and silverware
  • Stocks and manages cupboard and refrigerator food/supplies inventory according to meal plans and ensures that timely ordering of all regular ingredients and kitchen-related items
  • Ensures food is stored and cooked at correct temperature
  • Stores food in designated containers and storage areas to prevent spoilage
  • Ensures freshness of food and ingredients by checking quality, keeping track of old and new items, and rotating stock
  • Maintains a level of personal conduct in working with clients and staff members which will promote a friendly, comfortable, and safe environment where clients may progress socially, emotionally, and physically
  • Respects and promotes the individual rights of clients including maintaining the dignity of each person at all times
  • Works closely with Dietary Consultant, Qualified Intellectual Disabilities Professionals (QIDPs), and Administrator to review each client’s nutritional plan and ensures proper meal preparation
  • Provides assistance with training of staff related to kitchen protocol and meal preparation, as need arises
  • Performs other duties as assigned to meet program and/or business needs


  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Valid California Class C Driver License
  • Experience working with developmentally disabled individuals preferred
  • Two (2) or more years of professional cooking experience a plus, particularly in a care facility
  • Culinary degree highly desired
  • Ability to interact effectively with all staff and clients in a professional manner
  • Ability to successfully pass all post-offer pre-employment screening requirements, including criminal background check, drug screening, physical exam, and provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States
  • Ability to run, push, pull, bend, squat, kneel, lift, and transfer clients (with assistance of others and mechanical lift)


We offer competitive starting salaries and benefits to full-time staff: Health, Dental, Vision, and Life Insurance, Life Assistance Program, Flexible Spending Account (FSA), Paid Holiday, Vacation, and Sick Leave Benefits, Referral Bonus Plan, and Retirement Plan.


UCPLA is an equal opportunity employer and is required to comply with equal opportunity legislation in each jurisdiction it operates. UCPLA also considers qualified applicants with criminal histories for employment in the City of L.A. pursuant to the L.A. Fair Chance Ordinance.