Culinary Department

Have you ever wanted your strong culinary background and passion actually go towards something that matters? Have you wanted to grow your culinary career into leadership roles? A culinary career at our communities and care centers can help you grow, live out your goals and professional dreams, and impact someone’s life every single day through food.

We have a variety of culinary careers; with more entry level roles such as Dietary Aides, through leadership roles such as Food & Beverage Services Manager or the Dining Services Manager. Combine your love for culinary and love of serving people to impact touch the lives of our residents every single day.

Why join the Prestige Care Family in a culinary role and what can we offer you?

  • There are many culinary leadership jobs out there – not many of them will allow you to know and interact with the folks eating your culinary creations day in and day out.
  • Act as a leader at the community to provide the best in service to our amazing residents.
  • The ability to coach, guide, and train fellow culinary department staff – share your passion for food to help grow team members that you collaborate with daily.
  • Since you would oversee all areas of the culinary group, you will be able to oversee a budget, do the purchasing, get involved with hiring staff, and more. You can really get some terrific experience here.
  • Get to know your eaters (we call them residents) and get feedback every single day; get to know them, and their families. You are able to build relationships through food here.

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What are some of the benefits of working in Food & Nutrition/Dining Services with Prestige Care?

Members of our culinary teams at Prestige Care enjoy being a part of a tight-knit team and getting to know their residents and their preferences over time. We serve food that makes a difference! The meals we provide our patients and residents are critical to their recovery. The consistent, reliable schedule is also a happy change for those accustomed to the unpredictability of restaurant work—most of our staff are out the door by 8pm!

Do I have to have a culinary background to work in Food & Nutrition/Dining Services?

Nope! While previous food service experience is needed for positions like Cook or Dining Services Manager, it is not required for those starting in the Dietary Aide role. You will develop your skills through on-the-job training, gaining valuable experience and opportunity to further your culinary career.

What skills and qualifications are needed or would be beneficial for someone interested in a culinary career at Prestige Care?

Food Handler permits are required for all roles. While you do not need an active permit to apply, you will be expected to obtain one prior to starting full duty requirements.

Prior food service experience, especially in a clinical setting such as a hospital, is particularly useful due to the therapeutic diets we serve. Those in Cook or management roles are required to have a ServSafe certification. 

What qualities do Food & Nutrition/Dining Services managers look for in a culinary team member?

An important quality that our Food & Nutrition/Dining Services managers look for in new team members is an ability to work collaboratively in a fast-paced environment. The dietary needs of our residents vary (for example, one patient may be diabetic, another needs to gain weight, etc.) and the meal preparation for some is more time intensive than others. Can they manage their time efficiently? Are they the kind of person who would know when to ask for help to ensure a task is completed and residents are served on time?

Another important quality is a caring nature—Caring for our residents and their wellbeing is crucial to understanding the importance of this team. Unlike culinary skills, food safety, or sanitation, this is something we can’t teach!

Our best employees are those who see the kitchen as one unit and are agile to change. While there are multiple roles working within it, it requires the collective efforts of all to keep things running smoothly. When they are done with a task, are they willing to step in to help a colleague complete theirs?

What does a typical day in Food & Nutrition/Dining Services look like?

Our culinary team members provide three meals a day plus a snack to all our residents—we have communities that range in size from 50 residents to more than 200. While exact shifts vary by location, culinary team members are split into day and evening shifts to cover these meals times.

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I love being able to take care of the residents. I like hands on with helping out…it’s a benefit to the job.

Shelley Robertson


Hood River Care Center

I really love my co-workers. Everyone is willing to jump in and help in any way.

Lee Krall


Prestige Assisted Living at Henderson

I love cooking for the residents and making them their special treats that they like. I have fun!

Karen Roberts


Prestige Senior Living High Desert

We are all friends and family here. We try to work as a team and we do. I know Prestige really cares about the residents; everyone that works here really does care.

Lori Clayton

Dining Services Manager

Prestige Assisted Living at Henderson

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