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Lead/Prep Cook CDH Full-time Rotating schedule $1,000.00 Sign-On Bonus

Location Winfield, Illinois Business Unit Central DuPage Hospital Job REQID 128809 Job Function Food Services Shift Day Job (1st) Apply Now


  • $10,000 Tuition Reimbursement per year ($5,700 part-time)
  • $10,000 Student Loan Repayment ($5,000 part-time)
  • $1,000 Professional Development per year ($500 part-time)
  • $250 Wellbeing Fund per year($125 for part-time)
  • Matching 401(k)
  • Excellent medical, dental and vision coverage
  • Life insurance
  • Annual Employee Salary Increase and Incentive Bonus
  • Paid time off and Holiday pay

Northwestern Medicine is powered by a community of colleagues who are purpose-driven and committed to our mission to deliver world-class care. Here, you'll work alongside some of the best clinical talent in the nation leading the way in medical innovation and breakthrough research with Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.

We recognize where you've been, and we support where you're headed. We celebrate diverse perspectives and experiences, which fuel our commitment to equity and culture of service.

Grow your career with comprehensive training and development opportunities, mentorship programs, educational support and student loan repayment.

  • Create the life you envision for yourself with flexible work options, a Reimbursable Well-Being Fund and a Total Rewards package that support your physical, mental, emotional and financial well-being.
  • Make a difference through volunteer opportunities we offer in local communities and drive inclusive change through our workforce-led resource groups.

From discovery to delivery, come help us shape the future of medicine.


The Cook II reflects the mission, vision, and values of NM, adheres to the organization’s Code of Ethics and Corporate Compliance Program, and complies with all relevant policies, procedures, guidelines and all other regulatory and accreditation standards.

This position supports the Food and Nutrition Team by preparing food and meal items in a safe and sanitary manner.

$1,000.00 Sign On Bonus

Internals and rehires are not eligible for the Sign-On Bonus

Rotating weekends / 5:00 am – 1:30 pm OR 11:00 am – 7:30 pm OR 2:00 pm – 10:30 pm. 

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  • Measures, mixes, and prepares ingredients according to approved recipes.
  • Demonstrates understanding and proper use of kitchen equipment including, but not limited to: blenders, mixers, grinders, slicers, ovens, steamers, etc.
  • Demonstrates consistent use of knife skills (chopping, slicing, dicing, paring)
  • Prepares and presents café, patient, and catering menu items according to recipes and standards.
  • Prepares and presents sauces, soups, stews, casseroles, and desserts meeting established dietary guidelines.
  • Cooks meats, fish, and fowl safely in a variety of ways such as baking, roasting, broiling and steaming. Carves meats into individual servings according to recipe and/or diet order.
  • Monitors and records temperature of steam table and hot held items throughout service period.
  • Tests foods being cooked to ensure doneness. Adjusts heat controls as needed. Insures foods are prepared, held or served at proper temperatures.
  • Produces food that is flavorful and attractively presented.
  • Only changes ingredients or seasonings when directed by chef or culinary leader.
  • Maintains product levels and appearance of service stations.
  • Consults with manager regarding handling of any leftovers.
  • Observes infection control and HACCP practices at all times.
  • Proper completion of all daily temperature logs and daily production sheets.  Assists supervisor with corrections as needed.
  • Maintains kitchen/station in a safe and organized manner.
  • Manages work schedule efficiently completing tasks at assigned times.
  • Monitors cooking equipment as needed. Communicates with a manager to initiate any repairs.
  • Other duties may be assigned by managers or supervisors due to operational needs.



  • High School diploma or equivalent; or in lieu of high school diploma/GED
  • One year relevant experience in any of the following: cooking, production, or food service.
  • Successful completion of Food Handler certification within 180 days of hire. 


  • One year previous healthcare cooking experience.
  • Completion of some culinary schooling
  • Basic knowledge of special diets.

Equal Opportunity

Northwestern Medicine is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of age, sex, race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation or any other protected status.

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