Penn National Gaming, Inc.

Specialty Cook - Full Time

Location US-IN-East Chicago
Job ID
Casino Property
Ameristar Casino Hotel East Chicago
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
Food & Beverage



Don’t just work. Work Happy.


A career in gaming? At Ameristar Casino East Chicago, we think you'll enjoy an exciting industry, fast paced days and nights, diverse, enthusiastic co-workers, unlimited growth and support from one of the leaders in the industry.

An individual could be successful if they possess the following.

Your daily responsibilities include

  • Reads food orders from computer printouts and prepares food items according to established menu plans.
  • Prepares all food items according to standard recipes and menu to ensure consistency of products to the guests.
  • Washes, slices, peels, and cuts various foods to prepare for cooking or serving.
  • Observes and tests foods to determine if they have been cooked sufficiently, using methods such as tasting, smelling, or piercing them with utensils.
  • Prepares a daily prep list and written daily orders.
  • Engages the guest each time they come to the line. Explains product, asks questions, and builds positive relationships with the guests.
  • Coordinates and communicates orders with dining room staff.
  • Receives and delivers food to the proper areas.
  • Works the line in different locations to include but not limited to sauté, broiler, appetizer, pantry, pasta, and grill.
  • Expedites all food orders promptly.
  • Uses and maintains all assigned areas and equipment in a sanitary, safe, and effective manner.
  • Follows Health Department regulations regarding food handling, storage, proper steam table temperature, and cleanliness of work environment.
  • Responsible for having a full knowledge of the SDS program.
  • Attends company/restaurant training programs as they are scheduled.
  • Completes opening, closing, and other side duties as assigned.
  • Performs all job functions in conjunction with the guidelines described in the Standard Operating Procedures manual to ensure consistent execution of company and departmental standards.

To be successful in this position it will require the following skill set

  • High School Diploma or equivalent.
  • Three years of culinary experience required. 
  • Must have basic reading and math skills for recipes and measurements.
  • Demonstrated ability to prepare a wide variety of food items, to standard, in a high-volume, fast-paced operation.
  • Demonstrated understanding and knowledge of the application of sanitation procedures.
  • Must be able to pass culinary tests.
  • Ability to work harmoniously with coworkers.
  • Ability to work with small, delicate, and sensitive equipment (i.e., knives) requiring fine finger dexterity.

Something to leave you with

Whether you prefer being at the center of it all or working behind the scenes, there’s a role for you at Penn National Gaming. We are a growing company but as big as we are, we still feel like family.  The areas of career opportunity with Penn are ideal for just about any skill set.  Our company wide commitment to making sure our guests smile as much as we do means you’ll enjoy a fun working environment anywhere within the organization.

Equal Opportunity Employer



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