Penn National Gaming, Inc.

Cook I - Full Time

Location US-IL-Joliet
Job ID
Casino Property
Hollywood Casino Joliet
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
Food & Beverage



Don’t just work. Work Happy.


A career in gaming? At Hollwood Casino Joliet, 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

- Performs duties to prepare and cook food, and displays/plates foods as venue requires such as sauces, soups, and other foods of medium and higher complexity.  - Assists in reaching profitability, guest satisfaction, work force strength, and compliance goals.  - Provides instruction and guidance as necessary to Cook ii’s and iii’s and maintains a clean food preparation area. - This position is responsible for providing a high level of customer service and promoting a positive attitude to create a fun and entertaining experience for our guests and team members. - Checks and ensures adequate supply of foods and seasonings are available for service. - Checks that food is properly prepared for cooking and serving. - Prepares a wide variety of foods items of medium and higher complexity according to directions. - Correctly works most cooking stations throughout the entire property and has working knowledge of all kitchen equipment. - Recommends adjusting cycles of menus based on food quantities and guest demand. - Ensures cleanliness of food preparation areas from start to finish. - Gives assistance to Cooks ii and iii and Utility workers as required, providing instruction and guidance as necessary. - Organizes cooking and food storage areas. - Maintains walk-in coolers in accordance with Will County Department of Health Standards. - Follows safety rules and keeps work area clean and orderly. - Creates specials for assigned outlets, utilizing both new and dated products. - Ensures sanitation guidelines are followed as directed by the local health department. - Ensures all products are correctly and accurately labeled, dated, and stored in accordance with local health department and Company guidelines. - Opens assigned outlets in a timely fashion as instructed by a Chef. - Communicates with guests, colleagues, and management in a polite, professional manner and always practices Red Carpet Service training. - Follows recipes to exact standards; follows recipe formulas, standards, cooking time, directions, and quantities. - Attends scheduled meetings/classes/training as directed. - Leads by example and mentors fellow team members at all times. - Reports to Sous Chef at start of shift to receive instruction as to daily specials and menu changes. - Reports any spoilage or shortage to Sous Chef immediately. - Directs line staff in absence of Sous Chef. - Prepares plate menu items, as ordered, per specifications on hot food production line with strict attention to detail, speed, and accuracy. - Must be able to perform well under pressure, meeting production schedules to ensure orders are fulfilled in a timely manner. - Assists in other areas of kitchen as instructed by Sous Chef. - Demonstrates abilities to meet performance expectations with Communications, initiative/Problem Solving, Guest Service/interpersonal Relations, Work Habits and Conduct, and Responsible Gaming/Business Ethics. - Must be able to grill (steaks and seafood), also be able to tell meat temperatures by touch. - Able to work a sauté station (pan sear fish, foie gras, poultry, making pan sauces). - Must be able to perform all knife cuts. - Sets up mise en place as per posted instructions. - Assists in daily inventory of coolers and freezers. - Communicates station needs, waste, and discrepancies with immediate supervisor. - Other duties as assigned.

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

- High School Diploma or equivalent is required along with thorough knowledge of cooking techniques.  - 4–5 years of experience in food preparation is preferred.  - Must understand and speak the English language. PHYSiCAL DEMANDS The physical demands described here are representatives of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear.  The employee frequently is required to stand and walk.  The employee is occasionally required to sit; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel, and crouch.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 100 pounds.  The employee requires manual dexterity to operate all necessary equipment.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and distance.  Must be able to push and pull carts and equipment weighing up to 250 lbs., occasionally.  Some work involves contact with cleaning products and chemicals. - Walking 45% of the time - Standing 85% of the time - Bending and lifting 30% of the time - Climbing up heights in excess of 10 feet - Lifting/moving maximum of 100 lbs. - Ability to see 20/20, color, and/or peripherally

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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