Corn Cook Processor (Richmond)

Garden Fresh Gourmet LLC/El Matador in Richmond, TX

  • Industry: Hospitality - Food Services - Cook - Commercial Kitchen
  • Type: Full Time
  • $25,170.00 - 34,640.00
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El Matador is owned by Garden Fresh Gourmet, LLC. Tortilla chips are perfectly crafted using whole corn ground in volcanic stone, not stainless steel, resulting in an irresistible crunch and authentic flavor. Add our Chip Strips to your soup, salad, or chili, or enjoy our Blue Corn chips with our award-winning salsa. Theres simply no other way to make a chip this authentic or this delicious. El Matador grinds corn into masa with grinders that use volcanic stones.

Job Description

Primary Task

The primary function of this position is to set-up, fill, monitor and cook all varieties of corn in the Corn Cooker to make masa for the tortilla chip production process, in a timely manner, observing all safety regulations, ensuring all GMP and quality standards are met and to maintain the efficient flow of product through the production process.

Essential Functions

  • Put on all required Personal Protective Equipment and Safety Gear and insure that all safety devices are functioning properly.
  • Ensure that proper supplies are positioned to assigned workstation, and if not communicate with other personnel to ensure that all necessary supplies and materials are positioned to the work station.
  • Check paperwork and schedule for assigned cook tank and what type of corn product to cook, perform pre-production check to ensure cooker is functioning properly.
  • Open valves to add water to fill tank and measure out lime and add to tank, open appropriate gas valves on cook tank and light the burners and monitor / check the temperature of the water as required.
  • Manually position corn chute to appropriate cook tank and operate chute to pull corn kernels from a silo and fill the cook tank.
  • Manually level corn evenly in the tank with a raking tool.
  • As required, obtain full pallets of bags of corn with Hi-Lo / Power Jack and position pallet to cook tank.
  • Manually open and dump bags of corn into tank and manually level corn evenly in the tank with a raking tool.
  • Mix in other ingredients as required by the recipe / formula and cook the corn to the proper temperature, monitoring the process and stirring (flipping) corn kernels periodically throughout the process.
  • Drain hot water from tank when batch is complete and add cold water to shock cooked corn.
  • Set up pump to transfer the corn batch to the grinding machine as required.
  • Make minor corrections and adjustments to process as needed, communicate and assist other production personnel as required.
  • Keep work area and storage areas clear, clean and organized and place trash / non-conforming product in proper receptacles.
  • Complete other related duties as assigned or directed by the Supervisor, at end of shift, perform general housekeeping as required.
  • General Job Requirements

  • Must be able to read, write and effectively communicate with co-workers and management as it relates to the job and the safety regulations.
  • Must be able to use, or learn to use, the equipment and tools used to perform the job.
  • Must meet the company performance standards for the job.
  • Must participate in company orientation and training.
  • Must submit to background check, mandatory drug testing and not possess any significant criminal record as determined by the appropriate authorities.
  • Must be able to perform all job functions safely.
  • Must ensure all GMP, SQF and quality standards are met.
  • Specific Job Skills and Qualifications

  • Must have 1-2 yrs. Experience in food processing / mixer / operator
  • Must be able to perform basic math / calculations.
  • Must be able to stand and walk for extended period.
  • Must complete Power Jack Training.
  • Must complete Lock-out / Tag-out awareness training.
  • Must know MSDS information regarding all materials used within the scope of the work.
  • Must complete company Cross Training (observation, relevant testing, E-stop protocols) as required.
  • Must be able to work as a team and follow instructions.
  • Must have the ability to respond to inquiries, communicate and work effectively with co-workers under any conditions.
  • Must have basic knowledge of how to use natural gas using caution around natural gas and flames.
  • Must be able to use torch when lighting tanks.
  • Must use compactor.
  • Must use proper utility knives in a safe manner.
  • Must use caution when stirring (Water will be extremely HOT).
  • Must use proper lifting techniques and use caution when moving tanks.
  • Must have basic knowledge of how to use weights, scales, take measurements and use thermometer.

    Sunday through Thursday 10-hour days. When business requires, overtime on Friday and Saturdays will be mandatory.

    Additional Requirements

    The Company is committed to providing equal opportunity for employees and applicants in all aspects of the employment relationship, without regard to race, color, , orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, marital status, veteran status, disability, age, religion or any other classification protected by law. Applicants and employees are protected from discrimination based on certain categories protected by Federal law.

    If you are interested in this position, please send your resume by email to: or fill out an application at 45 Franklin St. SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49507 (driveway on Ionia).

    Associated topics: breakfast, commercial kitchen, complimentary, diner, food preparation, grill, line cook, prep cook, restaurant cook, wok cook

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