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Cook - Behavioral Health Services

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Institute of Living


Hartford, CT

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Job Schedule: Full Time
Standard Hours: 40
Job Shift: Shift 1
Shift Details: Monday - Friday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Work where every moment matters.

Every day, almost 30,000 Hartford HealthCare employees come to work with one thing in common: Pride in what we do, knowing every moment matters here.  We invite you to become part of Connecticut’s most comprehensive healthcare network. 

The Institute of Living, one of the first mental health centers in the U.S., remains one of America’s leading not-for-profit centers for patient care, research and education in the fields of behavioral, psychiatric and addiction disorder. Through our dedicated, experienced and skilled clinicians, we provide patients and their families with the highest quality of personalized care. Programs are offered for children, adolescents and adults struggling with mental illness as well as offering services specializing in Anxiety, Eating Disorders, and Geriatric Services

Job Summary

Prepares food according to selected menus, approved recipes and production sheets with knowledge of quantity cooking.  Completes the preparation of all food items in a timely manner and assure that all foods meet required serving temperatures.  Utilizes creativity in garnishing, decorating and developing new recipes. Complies with stringent health, sanitation, safety, HACCP and food handling standards.  Adheres to quality and cost containment standards.  Reports to appropriate Food Services Manager.


  • Associates Degree or Culinary Certification of Accreditation required


  • High School required with substitution of a minimum of 5 years’ experience as a cook in a large volume institution with demonstrated ability to operate institutional kitchen equipment and quantity production experience required
  • Demonstrated ability to operate institutional kitchen equipment and quantity production experience required
  • Minimum 2 years experience as a cook in a large volume institution preferred
  • Ability to follow recipes in a cost effective manner 
  • QFO (Qualified Food Operator Certificate) preferred or required within six months of employment
  • Ability to read, speak English and follow recipes in a cost effective manner
  • Basic Math skills
  • Ability to lift, push and pull up to 80 pounds and long term standing

We take great care of careers.

As a Hartford Healthcare entity, The Hartford Hospital Institute of Living provides eligible employees with an extensive benefits package and all the benefits of working in a thriving centrally located urban community:

  • Medical and dental benefits
  • 401(k) plan with employer match
  • Generous paid time off with accrual starting on the date of hire
  • Additional voluntary benefits as well as employee discount programs
  • Located on the Institute of Living’s historic park-like grounds designed by Frederick Law Ohlmsted

With locations around the state, Hartford HealthCare offers exciting opportunities for career development and growth.  Here, you are part of an organization on the cutting edge – helping to bring new technologies, breakthrough treatments and community education to countless men, women and children.  We know that a thriving organization starts with thriving employees-- we provide a competitive benefits program designed to ensure work/life balance.  Every moment matters.  And this is your moment.

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