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1st Cook

Opal is a boutique collection of retirement suites on Vancouver’s west side, offering refined amenities and services that are designed with the highest standards in mind. Opal is currently looking to hire multiple cooks in full time roles at the residence.


Who we are:

At Opal, we are leading the way in redefining seniors’ living. We build and manage innovative communities that provide the highest quality of life for seniors and keep families together.

Our Values and Philosophy guide our business and are represented by the word IMPACT: Integrity in our actions, Mentorship of our people, Passion for our industry, Accountability to our customers, Creativity in our approach, and Teamwork that focuses on collaboration. 

Every one of our employees plays a vital part in achieving our vision every day.


The role:

Working under the leadership & mentorship of a Michelin Restaurant Trained Chef and a Certified Chef de Cuisine.

As the 1st Cook your position is critical towards delivering the promised exceptional dining experience for our residents. 

Reporting directly to the Executive Sous Chef, responsibilities for this role include preparing high-quality food for our residents, assisting in the weekly planning and overseeing key aspect of kitchen operations including compliance with health and safety requirements.



  • Prepare and cook complete buffet style meals and/or individual dishes consistent with Opal’s menu plan

  • Take on an active role in the production and presentation of all food products

  • Using standardized recipes based on standard portion sizes, prepare and cook hot and cold entrées, baked goods and desserts for both general and therapeutic diets by methods/procedures such as roasting, frying, grilling, steaming, poaching, boiling and baking

  • Coordinate the activities and workflow during production, presentation and cleanup

  • Ensure food is stored in appropriate containers, labeled, and rotated to ensure high standards of freshness, minimizing waste and maximizing quality

  • Carry out the opening/closing kitchen duties according to Opal kitchen operations guidelines and regulatory requirements

  • Assist in planning weekly menus, portion control, food requirements and costs, and monitor and order supplies as required

  • Test food items for food palatability and temperature and making adjustments if necessary.

  • Ensure the kitchen is being cleaned to Opal standards on an ongoing basis

  • Ensure food safety checks are being performed in accordance with the Opal Food Safety Plan and regulatory requirements

  • Regularly engage in inspecting equipment, machinery and cooking areas to ensure the health and safety requirements are consistently being met

  • Work in a flexible schedule including days, evenings, weekends and public holidays

  •  In the absence of the Executive Sous Chef and 1st Cook, take on the responsibility for the operations and production of the department

  •  Perform other related duties as requested by Executive Sous Chef


Who you are:

  • Completion of cooks training in a recognized institution and/or equivalent experience and training.

  • Four (4) years of kitchen operations preferably in a fast-paced environment and delivering high end Western and/or Cantonese Cuisine. 

  • Experience with baking, pastry making and desserts would be a strong asset. 

  • Possess a Food Safe Level 1 Certificate

  • Experience working in high volume, quality and hospitality establishments.

  • Good written and oral communication skills in English (Cantonese/Mandarin would be an asset)

  • Red Seal Certification would be an asset


Benefits of Working at Opal:

We are one team. We believe that our collaborative culture provides a competitive advantage. We communicate openly with each other and value diversity in perspectives and opinions. We hold people in the highest esteem and work to understand and celebrate our differences. We offer the following benefits to our employees:

  • Competitive compensation package (above industry average)
  • 100% Employer Paid Benefits including Extended Health, Dental & MSP
  • Paid Vacation & Personal Days
  • Opportunities for Career Growth
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Professional Tuition Reimbursement


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