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CHEF DE CUISINE

CHEF DE CUISINE

Requisition ID 
2017-25176
Property 
Ameristar Casino Hotel - East Chicago, IN
Category 
Food & Beverage
Position Type 
Full-Time
Starting Pay Rate 

Be the Best You

Pinnacle Entertainment (PNK) is a dynamic and growing casino entertainment company with more than 15,000 team members working at 16 casinos and racetracks located in Colorado, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Nevada and Ohio - and PNK has a management contract for Retama Park Racetrack outside of San Antonio, Texas.

At PNK, we are guided by our team member promise - Be the Best You. Through this promise we strive to support our team members in living their best lives by offering them challenging and rewarding work, a competitive benefits package and opportunities to build lasting relationships.

Property Details

Photo - East Chicago

Ameristar East Chicago is known for its high-quality guest service, superior dining and luxurious hotel rooms, which won a certificate of excellence from Trip Advisor in 2013. Located just 25 miles from downtown Chicago and conveniently located only minutes away from major interstates, this property has one of the largest selections of games in northwest Indiana.

 

Ameristar East Chicago

777 Ameristar Blvd.

East Chicago, IN 46312

Overview

Provide direct and general supervision to culinary team. Direct the daily execution of all assigned kitchen’s food production and service execution while establishing and maintaining standards of operation in the areas of food quality, timeliness of food, cleanliness and maintenance, profitability and supervision of staff; ensure compliance with health department regulations while supporting Pinnacle’s vision, mission and values.

Responsibilities

SUPERVISORY

Position reports to Executive Chef. Supervise Sous Chef, Lead Cook, Specialty Cook, Cook, and Assistant Cook.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

(These functions are intended as a general illustration of the work performed in this job classification and are not all inclusive for this position)

 

  • Deliver internal and external guest service the Pinnacle Way. Always exhibit a friendly and approachable demeanor. Be polite and courteous when speaking with guests and team members. Look for and act upon opportunities to assist guests and team members. Be sincere and genuine during all interactions. Be prepared with the knowledge and skill required to be responsive to guests and team member’s needs and questions.
  • Staff, schedule, evaluate, train, develop and monitor culinary team. Recommend wage increases, promotions, demotions, discipline and other employment actions for team members.
  • Understand department objectives, standards, guidelines and budget to achieve effective supervision of department; adjust daily schedule according to business levels.
  • Oversee all cooking operations, including methods of preparation, portion control, monitoring timeliness of food delivery and garnishing; ensuring a high quality preparation and attractive presentation of all food to meet corporate standards and policies.
  • Observe and monitor staff adherence to health department regulations regarding food handling, storage, temperature, and cleanliness of work environment.
  • Assist Executive Chef in developing and implementing department management plans including budgets, labor schedules and systems of accountability.
  • Assist Executive Chef in developing and implementing policies, procedures and rules including operations manuals, to promote compliance with company and regulatory guidelines.
  • Ensure proper communication between front of house and back of house operations while taking ownership of all responsible areas.
  • Meet daily deadlines of opening, creating, and posting table-talks for specials and produces sample dishes for pre-shifts in a timely manner and reviews nightly special postings, prep level reports, and critical inventory comparisons.
  • Ensure periodic quality checks for all products, i.e., temperature checks are conducted.
  • Oversee the monitoring of weekly sales and adjusts prep production levels as well as ensuring all food products are ordered to par levels and can make adjustments according to business volumes.
  • Open and close work area at scheduled times, ensuring full preparation for operation/function; ensure cleanliness and security of company assets.
  • Work with Outlet Manager and kitchen staff to ensure proper food preparation and timing.
  • Ensure daily line checks are performed.
  • Oversee and ensure all stations are properly stocked and set up.
  • Initiate periodic  kitchen  walkthroughs  to  ensure  quality  of  food  meets  corporate  specifications  and cleanliness standards.
  • Oversee and ensure all kitchen equipment and working conditions are well maintained.
  • Maintain food and labor costs at the budgetary guidelines while possessing an understanding of costing formulas and yield percentages.
  • Ensure accurate inventories and menu item price verification is conducted.
  • Participate in long range planning including new menus, equipment, budget planning and renovations.
  • Research and explain back of the house line item variances for Report of Operations.
  • Write and cost recipes while developing a collection of recipes in a recipe book.
  • Perform all duties including purchasing and menu changes, in adherence to all corporate specifications and company standards and policy.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by management.

Qualifications

EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:

(Related education and experience may be interchangeable on a year for year basis)

  • Excellent food technique and cultural
  • Ability to adapt to market conditions and desires with a flexible and creative approach to menu design
  • Advanced butchery knowledge
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and problem solving ability
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Computer literacy to include Excel Spreadsheet and Word experience
  • Ability to multi-task and meet multiple deadlines
  • Ability to calculate, analyze and troubleshoot P&L
  • Ability to demonstrate expertise in performing all positions within the kitchen
  • Demonstrated supervisory experience

 

Degree from certified food service program, apprenticeship, culinary school or equivalent;  Minimum of five (5) years previous industry experience, with three(3) years’ experience as a Sous Chef or an equivalent combination of training, education and experience which demonstrates the ability to perform the duties of the position.

 

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS: (Licenses, Certifications, Testing, etc.):

  • Possession of, and ability to obtain and maintain a valid drivers license and gaming license within state of Indiana
  • Must successfully pass background check
  • Must successfully pass drug screening
  • Must be 21 years of age