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Chef's Assistant (Food Service) - Multiple Openings Available (Ongoing posting)

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Put your passion for food and culinary experience to use and join our remarkable culinary team.

We are seeking a Chef’s Assistant who:

  • Has the drive to create a unique dining experience for patients, visitors and employees.
  • Is comfortable working in a fast-paced and continually changing environment. 
  • Prepares ingredients and checks inventory.
  • Assembles meals and delivers to patients.
  • Maintains kitchen order by ensuring cleanliness of work areas.
  • Assembles food to meet catering expectations.
  • Ensures food stations, coolers, and vending machines are fully stocked.

Chef’s Assistants are eligible for:

  • Starting wage of $15.00 per hour, plus extra for working evening and weekend hours.
  • Paid time off, including 16 days of vacation time for full-time employees.
  • A free bus pass to assist with transportation to and from work. 
  • Continuing education for both professional and personal growth



Work Experience:

Preferred – Previous food service and/or customer experience

Licenses and Certifications:

Preferred – ServSafe Certification

Required Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities:

  • Excellent customer service skills – courteous, positive, and sensitive to customer and patient needs.
  • Customer and patient focused. Must have the mindset that the customer or patient always comes first.
  • Willing to go the extra mile to help guests, customers and other staff.
  • Must be able to work in a constantly changing environment and rapidly adapt to organizational and departmental change.
  • Willingness to work other positions when needed by the operation.
  • Ability to problem solve and work independently.
  • Communicates effectively by sending, receiving and responding to information ensuring high level of customer satisfaction.
  • Able to understand, speak and write in English.
  • Ability to work in a team and foster an environment of helping others.
  • Ability to perform simple math calculations.

Physical Requirements:

Medium: Ability to lift up to 50 pounds maximum with frequent lifting and/or carrying objects weighing up to 25 pounds.

Work Schedule:

We have both part-time and full-time opportunities. This position is primarily located at University hospital but we do have a variety of other UW Health locations that you may be assigned to work at as needed. Hours may vary based on the operation needs of the department.


University Hospital in Madison is a Magnet®-designated facility that’s ranked Wisconsin’s #1 hospital and considered one of the nation's leading hospitals, teaching institutions and referral centers.


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UW Health values and embraces diversity and is proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, status as a protected veteran, among other things, or status as a qualified individual with disability.

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