Sparrow Food and Nutrition – Cook

Sparrow Health System

Position’s Location: Lansing, MI

Job Description

General Purpose of Job:
To prepare, cook and serve food items for patient needs and for public areas as needed.


Essential Duties:
This job description is intended to cover the minimum essential duties assigned on a regular basis. Caregivers may be asked to perform additional duties as assigned by their leader. Leadership has the right to alter or modify the duties of the position.

  • Prepare and cook according to recipes, methods and procedures for all different aspects of patient care
  • Prepare and cook as needed for catering events, special functions and retail support as needed.
  • Responsible for proper storage and handling of food products. Ensures proper food temperatures. Labels and dates all products according to established guidelines.
  • Follows all appropriate sanitation guidelines.
  • Responsible for cleaning all cooking, preparation, serving and storage areas and reporting equipment that needs repair or maintenance to supervisor.
  •  Assists in training of new or part-time Caregivers.
  • Contributes to and supports Goals and Objectives of Food and Nutrition Services and the Health System.
  • Is flexible in working alternate schedules as required for the proper operations of the department.
  • Helps in solving work area problems by communicating ideas and solutions to supervisor and fellow Caregivers.
  • Maintains hospital standards by participating is in services, committees and continuing education programs, etc.
  • Proactive approach to daily work; take the initiative
  • Demonstrate customer service congruent with Sparrow’s ICARE Value system.

Job Requirements

General Requirements
  • None
Work Experience
  • Two years general cooking experience or one year Sparrow FANS experience
  • Previous short order experience
  • Previous batch cooking experience
  • High school diploma, GED or successful completion of 12 grades combined with continued enrollment in early college program
Specialized Knowledge and Skills



  • Demonstrated high standard of customer service skills, self-motivation, problem solving and time management.
  • Demonstrated high volume, high quality food productions skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to prepare multiple items in a limited time frame, with expected accuracy.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of garnish, portion control, cost control, food handling and sanitation, and recipe interpretation and adherence.
  • Demonstrated written, verbal and communication skills.
  • Demonstrated commitment to job through past performance, attendance, contribution of ideas, cooperation with co-workers, supervisors and customers.


  • College courses in culinary field.
  • Previous commercial cooking and/or health care food production experience.
  • ServSafe Certification


Sparrow Health System is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.