Cook, Per Diem

Per Diem
1199 Pleasant Valley Way
West Orange, NJ 07052
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Job Description

Kessler Institute for Rehabilitation/

Select Medical

West Orange, NJ


Cook / Chef

Varied shifts including 5:30 am-1:30pm, 10:am-6:00pm and 11:00am-7:00pm

(This includes weekday & weekend shifts)

Kessler has been named to "America's Best Hospitals" list by US News & World Report and is consistently recognized as one of the top rehabilitation hospitals in the nation. 

We are currently seeking a Cook, Per Diem for our West Orange campus. Come join the team!


Benefits of becoming a Cook with us:

  • Working with a great kitchen and dietary team
  • Impact on patient care and their quality of life
  • Ability to grow and learn new skills
  • Advancement opportunities
  • Gaining health-care experience
  • Team-oriented culture
  • A network of over 50K employees nationwide with relocation opportunities 
  • Work perks


Position Summary

Under the supervision of the Chef Supervisor, prepares all hot cold food items for patient meals, cafeteria and catered functions following established standards. Works as a team member with other production personnel to produce quality, cost effective, nutritious meals for patients, visitors, employees and catered functions.   

Specific Duties

  • Prepares and cooks meals for patients, employees, guests and special events.
  • Selects quality ingredients for food preparation, ensures equipment utilized is clean and sanitized. 
  • Monitors appropriate temperatures/time controls during the production of all food items.
  • Assures effective portion control and optimum utilization of leftovers. Ensures food items are properly cooled and stored.
  • Completes the ordering of departmental items as assigned, which may include Raw Food items, Nutritional Supplements, Uniforms, and/or Small wares.
  • Participates in menu review and revision with the Dietary Manager and/or Dietitian considering budget, nutritional needs, patient satisfaction and market changes.
  • Maintains recipe file and follows standardized recipes and portions sizes.


Minimum Education & Experience (Including Licenses)

  • High School diploma or equivalent is required.
  • Thorough knowledge of culinary arts, including: backing, cooking salad preparation, the procurement and storage of perishable and non-perishable items is required. 
  • Serve Safe certification is required. 

Additional Data

Overview of Select Medical Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospitals


Select Medical’s Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospitals provide advanced treatment and comprehensive care to best address the medical, physical, emotional and vocational challenges for individuals with:

  • Brain Injury
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Stroke
  • Amputation
  • Neurological Disorders
  • Orthopedic Conditions
  • Multiple Traumas

Select Medical is an organization that is passionate about safety for our patients and our team members. The Inpatient Rehabilitation Division conducts post-offer employment testing (POET) for a number of job titles including, but not limited to:


  • Rehabilitation Assistant/Nursing Assistant
  • Nurse
  • Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy
  • Environmental Services
  • Food and Nutrition Services


POETS are completed as part of the onboarding process- to be completed before an employee’s first day of work.


Select Medical is an equal opportunity employer committed to dealing with employees in a nondiscriminatory manner and based on job-related qualifications and abilities. The Company will recruit, hire, train, and promote all persons without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, veteran status, age (40 and over), marital status, disability or history of disability (except where physical or mental abilities are a bona fide occupational qualification) or any other protected status.


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