Cook I – Prep Cook

Date posted: 8/12/2021
Status: Paid Position
Category: Part Time Hourly/Year Round
Start date: Immediately
Questions: Interested candidates should send their resume and cover letter to our Executive Chef, Kandie Farout, at

The Bishop’s Ranch hosts groups of 12 to 150 guests at a time for retreats, conferences, trainings, camps and events. Food is a central component of hospitality at the Bishop’s Ranch. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner are served at set times and most often buffet-style. Our kitchen team is committed to creating a positive, creative, professional, and low-stress environment. We cook from scratch utilizing fresh ingredients sourced locally as much as possible and some grown right on the Ranch.

Under the direction of our Executive Chef and Lead Cooks, Prep Cooks assist in the preparation, serving, and clean-up of meals.  We are looking for team players with a positive attitude and a passion for hospitality and food. Weekends Required.

Primary Duties

  • Work under the direction of the Cook III or Cook II and assist other team members to prepare food and serve meals on time for 12 to 150 people (more people during special events)
  • Monitor, keep tidy and replenish food serving areas during mealtimes
  • Make sure the special diet area is stocked
  • Operate food preparation equipment such as slicer, commercial mixer, gas stove, grille, ovens, warewasher, food processors, barbecue, and other commercial kitchen equipment
  • Wash dishes, pots, pans, and food preparation tools and equipment
  • Clean and set up dining room, including placement of chairs and tables
  • Assist with general kitchen maintenance duties.  For example: recycling, laundry, kitchen cleanliness, stocking food supplies.
  • Respond to requests from guests and monitor food serving areas during mealtimes
  • Learn kitchen sanitation and safe work practices
  • Other projects as assigned by supervisor


  • Knowledge of food preparation and sanitation practices
  • Able to follow detailed recipes
  • Able to lift 40 pounds unassisted
  • Able to lift 60 pounds with assistance
  • Able to work standing and walking for an eight hour shift
  • Able to work for two hours at a time without sitting down
  • Physically able to lift and carry plates and trays, slide dish trays into warewasher, and perform other basic tasks
  • Able to read and understand English
  • Free to work at least one weekend day or evening

Overall Description

The Bishop’s Ranch is a self-supporting institution of the Episcopal Diocese of California.

The mission of the Ranch is to serve God by providing for people of all walks of life a place where lives are changed; a place of hospitality amidst the beauty of God’s creation where renewal of spirit, mind and body is nourished, leading to spiritual growth and closer relationships with God and one another.

We fulfill the mission of the Ranch by providing hospitality for retreats, conferences and other gatherings to groups and individuals from the Diocese of California, other churches, and non-profit groups.  Our goal is to provide these services in a personal and relaxed but efficient way that enables guests to reach their goals for spiritual, personal, and organizational growth.


Working at The Bishop’s Ranch is service oriented, and doing our jobs successfully is based on teamwork.  Because of the wide-ranging nature of the tasks involved in caring for our guests and facilities, it may be necessary to perform tasks outside our usual line of work.  For example: when on duty in the kitchen a guest may come in and ask where sports equipment is found; an office worker may be called to help when a guest finds a broken water valve; a maintenance worker may need to help in the kitchen when a group suddenly has increased in numbers, or a cook must leave due to illness.  The flexibility to help in such a situation in order to support our guests and the overall goals of the Ranch is a requirement of working at The Bishop’s Ranch.