Connecticut StateDepartment of Administrative Services

Cook (37.5 Hour)

Recruitment #200721-2210TC-003


The State of Connecticut, Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), is a health care agency whose mission is to promote the overall health and wellness of persons with behavioral health needs through an integrated network of holistic, comprehensive, effective, and efficient services and supports that foster dignity, respect, and self-sufficiency in those we serve. 

The DMHAS, Connecticut Valley Hospital (CVH) seeks qualified individuals for a Cook position in our Battell Kitchen located at 1000 Silver Street, Middletown, CT 06457.  This a full-time position, thirty-seven and one half (37.50) hours per week.  The work schedule for this position is Sunday, Monday, and Wednesday, 5:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  The position number is 100386. 

Cooks in Battell Kitchen must have acquired the skills to prepare food on a quantity basis.  

In this role you will:

  • Assist in the preparation of approximately 800 plus meals, 3 times per day, for a total of 2,500 meals per day; 
  • Lift 40 plus pound cases of food to be prepared; and 
  • Work with various appliances such as convection ovens, tilt skillet, kettles (100 gallon), pressure steamers, and commercial slicers/choppers. 
Please ensure that your application is complete and you have included your resume in the 'Resume Tab' of your application. You will be unable to make revisions once you submit your application into the JobAps system. Individuals considered for interview will be required to submit additional documentation supporting their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include performance reviews, attendance, supervisory references, college transcripts, licensure, etc., You do not have to attach these documents to your application submission. 

Questions regarding this Recruitment should be directed to Deb Robinson, DMHAS HR at or (860) 262-5819

Selection Plan

In order to be considered for this job opening, you must be a current State of CT employee, who has permanent state status* and meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on the job opening.  You must specify your qualifications on your application.

*For employees in the classified service, permanent status is obtained after successful completion of a working test period.  For employees in the unclassified service, permanent status is obtained after serving in a position for at least six months (full-time or full-time equivalent).


This class is accountable for independently performing a full range of tasks involved in preparing and cooking food.


Prepares and cooks a wide variety of foods including special diets; operates various types of cooking equipment such as stoves, ovens, steam cookers, mixing machines, choppers, etc.; cleans kitchen areas and equipment; rotates stock on a regular basis; assists with the ordering of food and supplies; inspects food received; may serve food or assist in serving; may prepare production records; performs related duties as required.


Knowledge of and ability to apply cooking principles and techniques on a quantity basis; knowledge of liquid and dry weights and measures; some knowledge of health and safety requirements in food service; some interpersonal skills; some oral and written communication skills; some ability to utilize computer software; some ability in menu preparation and record keeping; some mathematical ability.


Two (2) years of experience in the preparation of food on a quantity basis.


Successful completion of a cook training course under the auspices of State or Federal Apprentice Training Bureaus may be substituted for one (1) year of the General Experience.


The ideal candidate will possess designation as a Qualified Food Operator as defined by Connecticut Public Health Code.


  1. Incumbents in this class must have adequate physical strength, stamina, physical agility and visual and auditory acuity, and must maintain such physical fitness as to be able to perform the duties.
  2. Incumbents must be free from communicable diseases
  3. A physical examination may be required.


Incumbents in this class may be required to lift moderate to heavy weights; may be exposed to risk of injury from equipment and utensils used in the kitchen and from individuals.



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.

The State of Connecticut is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages the application of women, minorities and persons with disabilities.