Penn National Gaming, Inc.

Lead Cook- Main Kitchen- $500 Sign on Bonus

Location US-CO-Black Hawk
Starting Salary
USD $18.00/Hr.
Job ID
Casino Property
Ameristar Casino Resort Spa Black Hawk
Position Type
Regular Full-Time
Food & Beverage


                                                                             Work Happy

Don’t just work. Work Happy.   A career in gaming? At Ameristar Black Hawk, 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

  • Responsible for learning and being familiar with all of Ameristar’s room outlets, and for being able to answer general questions regarding the property.
  • 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/or 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.
  • Assists in work direction of kitchen staff ensuring adherence to work procedures, quality standards, and menu specifications.
  • Prepares a daily prep list and written daily orders.
  • Maintains control of the kitchen and informs chefs if staffing levels are not appropriate based on business volumes.
  • Coordinates with and communicates orders to dining room staff.
  • Assumes limited charge of kitchen on respective shifts.
  • Assumes limited accountability of supervisors in their absence.
  • Receives and delivers food to the proper areas. 
  • Coaches and directs all cooks and assistant cooks to work in a productive and efficient manner.
  • Works the line in different locations as needed: sauté, broiler, appetizer, pantry, pasta, grill, etc.
  • Expedites all food orders promptly in a timely manner.
  • Uses and maintain all assigned areas and equipment in a sanitary, safe, and effective manner.
  • Observes and enforces Health Department regulations regarding food handling, storage, proper steam table temperature, and cleanliness of work environment.
  • Attends company/restaurant training programs as scheduled.
  • Completes opening, closing, and other side duties as assigned by the supervisors.
  • Communicates as needed with Sous Chefs.
  • Performs all job functions in conjunction with the guidelines described in the Standard Operating Procedures manual to ensure consistent execution of company and department standards.

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

  • At least three (3) years of experience directly related to the accountabilities specified.
  • Possession of and ability to maintain a valid ID within assigned state of employment.
  • Must have basic reading and math skills for recipes and measurements.
  • Must be at least 18 years of age.
  • 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.

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.


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