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Union Square Cafe (101 East 19th Street)
Job Description
Union Square Cafe is looking for a Baker
to join our team!
The Baker is responsible for the daily preparation, production and finishing of all baked items for breakfast/brunch service.  The Baker may be asked to work in a variety of techniques including, but not limited to mixing and laminating of doughs, cereals, batters and use of a sheeter.  The Baker typically has several duties that revolve around helping the kitchen stay clean and maintaining the high standards of the operation.  The Baker may be also be required to help prep items for lunch or dinner service.
Food Service:
Follow all recipes, and presentation specifics as set forth by Executive Pastry Chef, Pastry Sous Chef or Pastry Supervisor
Effectively prepare all required dishes in a timely manner for specific service period.
Lamination of doughs
Croissant Shaping and proper proofing/baking of products
Ensure consistency with our standard portion sizes, cooking methods, quality standards and kitchen rules.
Effectively communicate errors/ inconsistencies etc. to teammates and expeditors and correct the problem immediately
Prep and Kitchen Organization:
Follow all opening/closing kitchen procedures
Set up station according to Chef/Kitchen guidelines
Stock and maintain sufficient levels of food products at Pastry stations
Assist in food prep assignments during off-peak periods as needed
Safety and Maintenance:
Prepare all food according to Food Handlers Guidelines
Handle, store, and rotate all products according to proper FIFO procedures
Understand and adhere DOL and DOH safety and sanitation standards when cleaning and maintaining the kitchen
Properly use and maintain all kitchen equipment
Maintain a clean and stocked workplace, kitchen area, storage area and walk-in
Track and report any food waste
Skills & Requirements

Skills & Requirements

  • Understanding of professional cooking and knife handling skills
  • Previous prep or line-cook experience
  • Knowledge and understanding of safety, sanitation and food handling procedures.
  • Understand & follow written and verbal instruction & direction
  • Attention to detail  and ability to smell & taste
  • Team-oriented
  • Manages self calmly and effectively under pressure
  • The ability to regularly reach with hands and arms, climb, balance, stoop, kneel or crawl.  
  • Repetitive hand or arm motions. 
  • Lifting and/or moving up to 20 lbs regularly; occasionally lifting and/or moving up to 50 lbs.  
  • Standing or walking for up to 12 hours at a time.