Cooks

Location: Portland, ME (The Westin Portland Harborview ( 157 High Street ))

Job Description

 

Cooks
The Executive Chef envisions and you bring his creations to life – it might be breakfast, lunch dinner or a grand banquet but you know how to get it right and take great pride in your abilities as a Cook.  The kitchen can be full of action and activity but you thrive in such an environment, always working safely and following the established protocols.  You are a professional – knowing how much to order to stay in budget, how much to prepare based on the house count, how to keep a clean and how to handle food safely.  The Chef has a great kitchen team and you are someone who contributes to that greatness (be it as Lead Cook, Line Cook, Pantry/Prep Cook, Breakfast Cook, etc.) while always learning new skills and developing your expertise.  In the role of Cook you will:

• Be Great at What You Do – If the Lead Cook, you are a role model in the kitchen for all other staff and have mastered their jobs and are able to train or assist them as needed.  If a Line Cook, you know how to prepare delicious high quality food for restaurant and/or banquet guests based on established guidelines and do so every day.   If a Pantry / Prep Cook, you are responsible for all cold food items prepared in the kitchen, such as salads, cold appetizers, desserts, sandwiches, salad dressings, etc., so you have a major contribution to every meal.  And, if the Breakfast Cook, you help our guests start their day with a hot meal and a smile – an important job.
• Be a Team Player – The Cooks are responsible for the timely and accurate preparation of food items for all outlets and for maintaining a level of professionalism in the kitchen, working in harmony as a team so that the guest gets the food they ordered is a timely manner and leave happy.
• Be an Everything Clean and Organized Fanatic – Professional Cooks know how to keep a work area clean and organized, following all sanitation and safe food handling procedures at every step.
• Be a Safety & Security Agent – following your hotel’s established safety and security policies & procedures.  Anticipate problems and ask for management assistant as needed.  

Requirements

 

Requirements
Depending on the role, 1 (year for Pantry/Prep) to 5 years (for Lead) of prior cooking experience in a hotel kitchen or related field preferred with banquet, fine dining, and line experienced required for certain roles.  Culinary training in a college setting preferred. Physical requirements include the ability to use various pieces of kitchen equipment efficiently and safely.  This job must perform medium work – exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects.  The ability to stand for long periods of time without sitting or leaning.  The ability to bend, stretch, twist or reach with your body and arms, ability to work under variable temperatures and noise levels. Near Vision - the ability to see details at close range. Must be able to move quickly and agilely if a situation requiring quick assistance arises, and to work long hours as is often required. Must be able to multi task, must possess good communication skills; must be able to convey and understand information and ideas in English.