Phoenix House Culinary Specialist II A in Long Island City, New York

At Phoenix House, change is something we embrace every day as part of our values to deliver exceptional care. Phoenix House provides individualized, holistic drug and alcohol addiction treatment, with a legacy spanning nearly 50 years. We are passionate about healing individuals, families and communities challenged by substance use disorders and related mental health conditions. Phoenix House supports the mission through a holistic approach that focuses on the distinct mental, physical, and social needs of every person; innovation of best-in-class and evidence-based prevention, treatment, and recovery programs; and, the promotion of greater understanding of addiction. Our devoted staff are committed to treating the whole person—and come from all fields.

We operate personalized, strength-based, gender-responsive programs while living the values and being accountable for our commitments. Being introspective and becoming part of the solution is integral to every interaction and person we touch. As ‘One Phoenix House’ we believe in having fun along the way – embracing ‘progress not perfection’ as our journey continues.


  • Receives deliveries and stores food in refrigerators and freezers.

  • Rotates stock in containers to maintain freshness.

  • Cleans food preparation areas and removes garbage from the kitchen.

  • Makes lists of items that need to be ordered for campus cooks and assists in keeping the kitchen organized.

  • Prepares the ingredients for Campus cook to prepare the entrees and meals that are offered on the menu.

  • Washes, chops, grates and slices vegetables to go in various dishes

  • Cuts and slices meats to the appropriate portion sizes.

  • Complies with special food handling requirements for certain restricted diets

  • Assists in cleaning the kitchen



  • High school cooking classes.

  • High school diploma or GED

  • Previous restaurant experience.

  • On-the-job training in knife use and safe and sanitary food handling procedures.

  • Associate’s degree in culinary arts from a community college or technical schools a plus.

  • NYS Serv Safe certificate


  • Possesses knowledge of safe food-handling procedures, sanitary kitchen conditions, proper hand washing techniques and rules for securing hair.

  • Pays attention to small details, has excellent reading comprehension skills and is able to follow instructions correctly.

  • Has the ability to follow directions from the Campus Cook and is able to work well under pressure and in a fast-paced, high stress environment.

  • Demonstrates excellent organizational, time management and multi-tasking skills.

  • Displays superior knife skills and can quickly and safely slice or chop meal ingredients into exact dimensions called for in the recipe.

  • Possesses a clear understanding of weights and measures and has good math skills.

  • Has a strong sense of taste and smell as well as excellent hand and finger dexterity.

  • Demonstrates the ability to handle criticism well and learn from mistakes during the training process.

Phoenix House conducts as needed, job-related background checks, fingerprints, drug testing, physical exams, medical exams, TB testing, verification of employment history and/or reference checks prior to employment.

Phoenix House is an Equal Opportunity Employer providing equality of opportunity to all who are protected against discrimination by law, regulation or executive order, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

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