County of Alameda

Cook (#7525)

Bargaining Unit: SEIU 1021 - Service Employees (004)
$26.91-$30.54 Hourly / $2,018.25-$2,290.50 BiWeekly /
$4,372.88-$4,962.75 Monthly / $52,474.50-$59,553.00 Yearly

Under general supervision, to prepare, cook and dispense food in quantity in a county kitchen; to maintain cooking equipment and working areas; and to do related work as required.


Cooks work as members of a large cooking staff under the supervision of a Supervising Cook, Dietitian or First Cook. Incumbents of positions in the next lower class of Assistant Cook receive more instruction and supervision than Cooks. Incumbents of positions in the next higher class of First Cook plan and supervise the work of Cooks, Assistant Cooks, and other supportive personnel.

NOTE: The following are the duties performed by employees in this classification. However, employees may perform other related duties at an equivalent level. Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.

1. Prepares meats and vegetables for cooking, using electric meat grinders, vegetable peelers and slicers, and hand tools.

2. Cooks meats, fish, vegetables, soups, cereals and other foods, using steam-jacketed kettles, revolving or other large ovens, meat roasters and other commercial cooking equipment or kitchen equipment.

3. Carves meat for serving, and serves or oversees the serving of food, ensuring the prompt apportionment of food to tray line and the cafeteria.

4. Cleans utensils and equipment and keeps working areas in good order; and maintains standards of safety and sanitation.

5. Relieves butchers and bakers; may act as First Cook on a relief or training basis; plans and/or helps plan recipes and follows oral and written instructions to prepare and cook all foods; weighs food items for cooking.

6. Prepares doughs and bakes cakes, cookies, and other pastries and desserts.

7. Requisitions, receives, inspects and stores food stuffs, and keeps supervisor informed of supplies needed.

8. Cooks (San) may be required to deliver food to various locations.

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The equivalent of one year of experience in the class of Assistant Cook in the Alameda County classified service. (Non-classified includes District Attorney’s Office, Hospital Authority, and the Consolidated Courts.)



The equivalent of two years of experience in quantity cooking for at least 200 people per meal in an institutional kitchen such as a hospital, juvenile detention center, prison facility, military installation, or a large restaurant or hotel.


Certain (San) positions may require incumbents to possess a valid California Motor Vehicle Operator's license.

NOTE: The Civil Service Commission may modify the above Minimum Qualifications in the announcement of an examination.

NOTE: The level and scope of the following knowledge and abilities are related to duties listed under the "Examples of Duties" section of this specification.

Knowledge of:

• Modern tools, machines and equipment used in the preparation of cooking, baking, dispensing, and serving of food in large quantity.
• Proper methods of storing food stuffs.
• Kitchen sanitation and safety precautions and methods of cleaning and caring for utensils and equipment.
• Fundamentals of foods and acceptable balanced diets.
• Quantity and quality standards of food production and service.
• Proper holding temperatures.
• Preparing special diets such as low sodium, sugar free, etc.


• Preparing and cooking all groups of food.
• Planning and organizing food preparation and serving operations to meet fixed schedules.
• Determining food quantities for varying numbers.
• Maintaining accurate records and preparing reports as required.
• Following written and oral instructions.
• Working effectively with a wide variety of people.
• Converting recipes.
• Working independently.
• Maintaining adequate sanitary/safety conditions in the area of responsibility.

Retyped: 3/85
Old document: Revised: 5/85 - 0706h
New document: Jobspecs/7525
CSC Date: 7/10/85


Alameda County offers a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that affords wide-ranging health care options to meet the different needs of a diverse workforce and their families. We also sponsor many different employee discount, fitness and health screening programs focused on overall well being.  These benefits include but are not limited to*:

For your Health & Well-Being

  • Medical – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Dental – HMO & PPO Plans
  • Vision or Vision Reimbursement
  • Share the Savings
  • Basic Life Insurance 
  • Supplemental Life Insurance (with optional dependent coverage for eligible employees) 
  • County Allowance Credit
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Health FSA, Dependent Care and Adoption Assistance
  • Short-Term Disability Insurance
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Voluntary Benefits - Accident Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity and Legal Services
  • Employee Assistance Program

For your Financial Future

  • Retirement Plan - (Defined Benefit Pension Plan)
  • Deferred Compensation Plan (457 Plan or Roth Plan)

For your Work/Life Balance

  • 11 paid holidays
  • Floating Holidays
  • Vacation and sick leave accrual
  • Vacation purchase program
  • Catastrophic Sick Leave
  • Group Auto/Home Insurance
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Guaranteed Ride Home
  • Employee Wellness Program (e.g. At Work Fitness, Incentive Based Programs, Gym Membership Discounts)
  • Employee Discount Program (e.g. theme parks, cell phone, etc.)
  • Child Care Resources
  • 1st United Services Credit Union 

*Eligibility is determined by Alameda County and offerings may vary by collective bargaining agreement.  This provides a brief summary of the benefits offered and can be subject to change.