Job Description Template for Kitchen Hands

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  • When you see [Option: before a list of options, pick the one that most accurately describes your job or restaurant.
  • Make sure you read every line and remove the points that do not apply to your restaurant.

Job Description [Create the image of an appealing workplace.]

Are you passionate about food and creating outstanding culinary experiences? People that work at [restaurant name] are known for their personality, drive, and passion! Are you looking for a place to work with [Option flexible schedules, great discounts, legendary staff events and plenty of opportunities to learn and grow]? If so, we want to hear from you!

Kitchen Hand Responsibilities

  • Prepares the ingredients necessary for the preparation of the dishes.
  • Set up the workstation in anticipation of the various services.
  • Prepares, cooks and seasons dishes by following the recipes and applying the appropriate techniques.
  • Develop and maintain positive working relationships with others
  • Follow all company policies and procedures
  • Clear and clean tables, trays and chairs
  • Operate dishwashers to wash dishes, glassware and flatware
  • Place dishes in storage area
  • Sanitize and wash dishes and other items by hand
  • Scour pots and pans
  • Clean and sanitize kitchen including work surfaces, cupboards, storage areas, appliances and equipment
  • Remove kitchen garbage and trash
  • Sweep, mop, wash and polish floors

We hire great people, train them well and provide plenty of opportunities to learn and grow. We’re looking for energetic, team-oriented applicants who take pride in providing an outstanding food experience.

Salary: [add salary range here] per hour.


  • Overtime pay
  • Tips
  • Discounted or free food
  • Schedule adapted to your lifestyle
  • Many opportunities for advancement
  • Company events
  • ___% dining discounts?
  • Closed for Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve & Christmas Day
  • ___ hours of paid sick time every year
  • A separate PTO accrual for vacation time
  • $___ referral bonuses
  • Medical, Dental & Vision insurance
  • Life insurance policy
  • Disability policy
  • Access to an Employee Assistance Program



  • Ability to work calmly and keep composure during busy moments
  • Ability to operate industrial machinery and carry loads up to 10 kg
  • Ability to multitask
  • Detail oriented
  • A desire to help out and be a team player
  • Be able to work standing up for multiple hours in a row
  • Flexibility with shifts
  • Required education: High school or equivalent


  • [Option: Part-time, Full-time]
  • [Option: Day shift, night shift]
  • [Option: [8 hour shift, 10 hour shift, 12 hour shift]

Apply Today [Encourage your potential applicants to reach out.]

We’d love to meet you in person, contact the location to ask about the times available for open interviews or submit your application by Applying Now.

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Other Questions on Kitchen Hand Job Descriptions

Do Kitchen Hands Assist Cooks?

Kitchen hands, or kitchen assistants, maintain professional kitchens. From removing garbage to shining silverware, their main task is to keep kitchens clean. Most kitchen assistants have a lot of practice washing dishes.

However, kitchen hands will also assume some basic preparation duties when needed. For example, kitchen hands wash and peel vegetables, which is a time-consuming task. Cooks are usually busy, so a dexterous kitchen assistant able to chop vegetables is a tremendous help.

Another way that kitchen hands may help the cooks is by preparing salads. When the kitchen is busy, cooks simply do not have enough time to make salads. Having a kitchen hand step in to help ensures that salads leave the kitchen quickly, with less work required from cooks.

Everyone in the kitchen, including kitchen hands, must work independently and feel comfortable under pressure. If the kitchen hand is calm, their attitude helps everyone in the kitchen do their job, including the cooks.

Kitchen assistants also prepare ingredients, such as plucking fowl and chopping meat. On occasion, the kitchen hand may even mix simple ingredients together, making dough and basic sauces. The kitchen hand must be able to follow the cook’s directions to do this, which is another skill requirement.

If the kitchen hand does not communicate what they are doing, they are ineffective. The kitchen hand must ensure that everyone is working effectively together and is communicating their actions.

Occasionally, kitchen hands may also garnish food, or even prepare certain menu items under the supervision of a cook. While kitchen assistants are tasked with unpleasant chores, the position teaches an employee how to work in a commercial kitchen, possibly becoming a cook themselves.

Finally, the kitchen hand must be able to work on a team. If the kitchen hand is not a team player, they cannot help anyone, least of all the cooks. A kitchen hand should always keep their role in mind and try to be as supportive as possible.


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