Requisition ID
    Ameristar Casino Resort Spa - Black Hawk, CO
    Food & Beverage
    Position Type
  • What would I be doing?

    Pinnacle Entertainment offers an American Culinary Federation Certified Apprenticeship Training Program. Your journey begins at our Black Hawk, CO location, where you'll spend two years in a progressive learning environment working alongside a Certified Executive Chef and proven industry leader. From there, you have the opportunity to relocate to one of 14 other Pinnacle Entertainment properties across the nation to complete your final year as a Lead Cook.


    Program completion will include American Culinary Federation Certification as a Certified Culinarian, the chance to grow with Pinnacle Entertainment at any one of our properties as a key culinary professional, and progression through our brigade system of culinary leadership. 


    Participant Features

    • Paid program, allowing you to “earn while you learn”
    • Hands-on mentoring and training from accomplished chefs
    • Real world practical experience in all stations of the kitchen
    • Progressive learning cycle that begins with the basics and advances to the most complex culinary techniques and practices
    • Leadership development tailored to you
    • The opportunity for advancement and growth to the highest levels of culinary leadership
    • An affordable alternative to cost prohibitive culinary educational institutions
    • A company culture driven by culinary excellence 
    • American Culinary Federation certified training material

    Covered Costs of the Program


    The following costs are covered by the company:

    • All textbooks and educational material
    • Knife kits, basic tools and equipment
    • Uniforms
    • Tuition for all appliable distance learning programs
    • Discounted meals during shifts

    Costs for the Program

    • Apprentice one-time registration fee $105
    • Membership to the American Culinary Federation (good for 3 years) $150
    • Written exam fee (Certification as Certified Culinarian to end of program) $35

    What are we looking for?

    To be qualified as an applicant, first and foremost you must demonstrate a sincere desire for a career as a Chef. You will have the opportunity to communicate this to our selection committee through the application process which will include a two-page essay on why you are interested in a career in the Culinary Arts. Additional qualification requirements are as follows:


    • Must be currently enrolled in or have completed an entry level Culinary Arts educational program either through the Pro Start high school program or through a university or community college
    • Possess the aptitude and desire for learning the trade
    • Have completed a high school education or the equivalent by program launch (August 2016)
    • Possess the basic mathematical skills associated with measurement and recipe costing
    • Effective use of a personal computer including basic knowledge of Microsoft Office software and ability to effectively utilize the Internet as a learning tool

    Application Process

    • Submit an application and resume online
    • Include a two to three page written essay titled "Why I desire a Career as a Chef"

    What would it be like to work at this property?

    Photo - Black Hawk

    Stepping into Ameristar Casino Resort Spa Black Hawk is like entering a landmark mountain lodge in one of the West’s best-loved National Parks. Set in the Rocky Mountains, this modern casino hotel is 1.4 miles from Central City Opera, 8 miles from the tours at Argo Gold Mine and Mill, and 10 miles from I-70. With its soaring ceilings, timber beams and massive floor-to-ceiling stone fireplaces, this two-story casino has a rustic elegance. Ameristar Black Hawk also boasts a luxury full-service hotel with 536 well-appointed rooms including 64 luxurious suites, a roof-top pool and full-service ARA Day Spa.


    Ameristar Black Hawk

    111 Richman Street, PO Box 45

    Black Hawk, CO 80422

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