Line Cook & Prep Cook at The Well Cafe

  • The Well Oakland
  • Oakland, CA, USA
  • Sep 28, 2019
Full time Chefs, Cooks, Food Preparation Workers

Job Description

Line Cook & Prep Cook - Full Time & Part Time Positions Available

About You: You are experienced working in cafes and comfortable both with customer service and preparing food and drinks in an efficient, caring and confident manner. The thought of working for a small scale cafe that focuses on food and drink as medicine excites and inspires you. While you hold this vision and value, you also understand the importance of doing the day-to-day work that's required to support a thriving food service business and are willing to step into a variety of roles to support that. You enjoy working with others, are able to navigate a fast paced work environment, and naturally step up to fill in the gaps when needed. You are delighted to take orders at the register, discuss menu items with customers, prep consistent quality food, expedite drink and food orders, clean dishes, and maintain a clean, organized workspace and dining area.

About The Well & Our Mission: The Well is a place for people to come together for nourishing food and drinks in North Oakland. The owner, Anwen, has created a menu inspired by her Chinese ancestry, Bay Area upbringing, and background in herbal studies. At The Well, we strive to create an environment where everyone has a seat at the table. Our hope is to create offerings that facilitate deeper connection and nourishment for ourselves, our communities, and our earth. We believe in reciprocal relationships and community resiliency, which is why we offer a pay-what-you-can meal option every day. We source from local farmers, chefs, makers, and herbalists. We showcase local artists, host a weekly open mic, and put on special community events. We offer a retail line centered around wellness and resiliency. Please join us as we say YES to the power of plants and to the power of community.


Prep Cook Responsibilities

  • Stocks our to-go fridge with premade items
  • Preps our in-house food & drink items
  • Works with Kitchen Manager to ensure appropriate amount of food is ordered and stocked each week
  • Upholds safety and sanitation protocols
  • Committed to creating a positive and inclusive working environment

Line Cook Responsibilities

  • Welcomes cafe guests with a positive and delightful attitude
  • Expedites food orders
  • Washes dishes
  • Able to step in behind the register and expedite drink orders when needed
  • Ensures service is exceptional, welcoming, and high integrity
  • Relays guest complaints/feedback to cafe manager
  • Cleans cooking utensils, workstations and other equipment used in food prep
  • Completes all opening and closing tasks with ease and consistency
  • Ability to follow existing organizational systems


  • High school diploma, general education degree, or equivalent required
  • Previous cafe/restaurant experience in food prep required
  • CA Food Handlers Card required

Key Qualities and Competencies

  • Has knowledge, experience and interest in herbal medicine, healing foods, and wellness, with an ability to engage guests on the subject.
  • Awareness of, or willingness to learn about, systems of oppression, equality, and has a passion for social justice and creating safe, welcoming spaces for all people.
  • Good interpersonal skills, high integrity, clear communication skills, connection to plants, and a respect for people and plants
  • Good time management, planning and organizational skills with the ability to manage multiple tasks.
  • Positive attitude, friendly and upbeat personality.
  • Ability to perform simple mathematical calculations. Able to exercise sound judgment.

Direct Supervisors: Owner, Cafe Manager, and Kitchen Manager

Compensation: $15/hour plus tips and in-house benefits

Hours: Part time & full time positions available. Weekend and evening availability is a must.

To apply: Please send cover letter and resume to Anwen Cai Baumeister at info(at) with Line Cook & Prep Cook in the subject line

We are an equal opportunity employer. People of color, women, LGBTQ individuals, those with disabilities, and those with working class backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

The Well Cafe is a place for people to come together for herbal drinks, food, kava, and tea in North Oakland. We believe deeply that food is medicine and are working to re-ignite the collective wisdom of our ancestors and to put this traditional knowledge back in the hands of the people. We do this by serving unique and delicious drinks and food, working with small local farmers, chefs and herbalists, hosting educational events and workshops, and offering everything at affordable prices.

We practice business that has people and plants at the center. We provide friendly and inclusive service, authentic communication and educational ordering. We source our produce and dairy from local farms and school/youth garden programs following sustainable agriculture principles. Our herbs and teas are sustainably harvested, fair trade, and/or wildcrafted. We use environmentally friendly cleaning products.

We engage ourselves and our local community in conversations about health and wellness, alternative healing, social justice, gentrification, sustainable food production.We build up and support the unbelievable talent, wisdom, and skills of local artisinal chefs, bakers, herbalists, and artists through our rotating featured chef menu item, pop-up dinners, herbal preparations, locally made desserts and snacks, our retail space, and gallery.