Cook/Assistant Kitchen Manager

The Cook/Assistant Kitchen Manager will be an experienced and creative cook, assist with menu planning/preparation, local food sourcing, the execution of a smooth daily service, and kitchen cleaning and maintenance. Must have efficient food prep skills, experience with a scratch-made kitchen, a clear understanding of commercial kitchen workspace and sanitation protocol, be flexible, creative, and able to follow directions. Will be responsible for assisting kitchen staff on proper food preparation, sanitation and dishwashing procedures. The Cook/Assistant Kitchen Manager at Grace Café will be a team player, resourceful, creative, and actively promote Grace Café’s mission and have a positive attitude at all times. Grace Café is a nonprofit, pay-what-you-can community café with a joyful mission to end hunger and food insecurity in Danville and Boyle County.

Reports To: Head Cook/ Kitchen Manager

Status: Full-time, Hourly. Overtime eligible

Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 am to 4 pm. Some evenings and weekends required for fill-in and special events

Compensation: Range, $9-$12/hr. commensurate with experience. Compensation will be reevaluated annually on hire date anniversary

Benefits: Effective after a 90-day probationary period – Two weeks paid vacation (hourly rate x 80 hours) for the last week of the year and the first week of the year; 3 paid sick days annually; 3 paid bereavement days annually

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Assist with daily food prep according to the Head Cook’s guidelines and direction

  • Work the cold and hot line with the Head Cook during service. Accurately expedite incoming tickets and outgoing dishes

  • Work creatively with the Head Cook to create a seasonal, local, and daily changing menus

  • Restock all items as needed throughout shift

  • Label, wrap, date, and properly store all incoming food items and utilize appropriate stock rotation

  • Daily cleaning of the kitchen after service. Participate in weekly rotation cleaning of kitchen equipment – range, refrigerators, freezer, hood, etc.

  • Manage dishwashing protocol and proper sanitation. Wash dishes as needed and/or assist and manage/train dishwasher

  • Minimize waste, recycle whenever possible

  • Perform other duties as directed

Other Skills & Abilities

  • A clear understanding of, and affinity for, our nonprofit mission

  • A solid understanding of how a commercial kitchen operates, professional food prep and safe knife handling skills, and proper sanitation

  • Work with speed and accuracy

  • Ability to follow directions and suggestions for improvement

  • Ability to work calmly and effectively under pressure and to solve problems

  • Ability to come to work regularly and on time, follow directions, take criticism, get along with co-workers, volunteers and supervisors, treat co-workers, volunteers, supervisors and members/guests with respect and courtesy

  • Ability to interact positively and professionally at all times with management, co-workers, board members, community advisors, and the public to promote our mission, a team effort and maintain a positive and professional approach both in and out of the Café

  • A sense of humor


  • Must know how to cook and present a variety of different foods from scratch and with precision and excellence

  • High school diploma or equivalent

  • 1 to 3 years prep or line cook experience

  • Complete the Boyle County Heath Department Food Safety Course or equivalent

Café Policies

  • Grace Café is a drug and tobacco-free workplace/campus

  • All Café employees will ensure that all Social Media posts, blogs and internet content will not misrepresent, degrade or undermine Grace Café, it’s mission, staff, volunteers, donors, or all other associates

  • All Café employees and volunteers will be provided with a meal at no charge during their scheduled shift 

To Apply

Please download the application here. Bring the completed application to the Café to apply in person.

The Cafe is located at:

219 South 4th Street

Danville, KY 40422

The position will remain open until filled. No phone calls please.

Grace Café is an Equal Opportunity Employer.