If you love to cook, enjoy preparing new recipes and have fun working as a part of a team, we have a job for you. It lasts one day and the pay-off is merely a good time.
The Sentinel is searching for five people to be show assistants during the Taste of Home Cooking School coming to Lewistown on Oct. 13.
The show starts at noon, but in order for Culinary Specialist Cheryl Cohen to be ready to prepare 10 recipes live on stage at Mifflin County High School, she needs some behind-the-scenes help from local volunteers.
The kitchen assistants will be required to appear at Mifflin County High School at 7:45 a.m. on Oct. 13, show day. The helpers will stay until the show is over, probably about 5 p.m., but will have a one to one and a half hour break between making preparations and showtime.
During the show, four assistants will help the chef and may be asked to make brief appearances on stage, and another will take charge of dishwashing behind the scenes.
Be physically able to stand and work for four to five hours at a time;
Have the ability to follow written instructions and recipes;
Have experience with and enjoy cooking;
Be able to work quickly and accurately in a non-traditional "kitchen" set up;
Have a positive and upbeat attitude;
Know proper food handling procedures.
On the morning of the show, assistants help with the preparations necessary for the afternoon demonstration. Duties include: unpacking cases, organizing groceries, preparing food, such as measuring, chopping, cutting and cooking; washing dishes and gathering equipment for each recipe. Other activities may include stage preparation for the program and backstage pre-setup, pre-show, show and post-show activities.
On the afternoon of the cooking school, assistants help the culinary specialist before, during and after the demonstration. The assistants work both on the stage and backstage.
Duties include: keeping the backstage area tidy and the equipment sorted; baking, garnishing and finishing recipes for final display; removing trays from the chef's table; finishing items prepared on the range; packaging food for winners of the prepared recipes; washing dishes; and packing the chef's storage cases.
Kitchen assistants will need comfortable shoes (for safety reasons, open-toed shoes are not allowed), and should wear comfortable clothing to be able to work efficiently. The Taste of Home Cooking School will provide aprons for the evening stage helpers.
Anyone interested in helping may contact me at The Sentinel. Call 248-6741, ext. 115, or send me an email containing your name, address and a little bit about your cooking experience to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks in advance for your help!