First Cook, Granary – Season Full Time through 8/30

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Mohonk Mountain House
Job Overview


Preparation and production of wholesome meals in accordance with company standards and local health regulations at outdoor food service locations such as the Granary, Picnic Lodge, Pavilion or as designated.  This position requires the ability to work both inside and outside during Summer and Fall season.  This position requires flexibility in shifts to cover both afternoon and evening cook outs.


  • Assume responsibility for the overall production of cold and hot foods associated with Granary operation.
  • Open kitchen and coordinate all food preparations for Granary lunch, and dinner services, ensuring food is presented in accordance with company specifications.
  • Requisition food materials daily or as needed for the preparation of   lunch, and dinner services to be filled by the Receiving Department.
  • Develop menus, prep lists, requisitions, for all foods associated with the Granary operation.
  • Train and supervise staff during both prep in main kitchen and service at the Granary.
  • Work with front of the house Granary staff to ensure service and foods are of the highest quality.
  • Ensure Granary operation is closed properly in all aspects, including grill areas, storage shed, walk-ins, and associated prep areas in Granary area.
  • Ensure Granary truck is clean and well maintained.
  • Ensure Golf Cart assigned to Granary is clean and battery charged.
  • Ensure all vehicles are driven as required by Mohonk Mountain House guidelines.
  • Offer consistently professional, friendly and proactive guest service while supporting fellow colleagues.
  • Maintain standards of prep and assist set up as directed by Granary management.
  • Insure proper guest service by initiating teamwork between front and back of the house.
  • Carve various meats, proteins, and other menu items correctly, and verbalize the different options, including sauces and garnishes, and serve to guests from line.
  • Answer guest questions with accurate information and demonstrate a friendly and helpful personality by smiling, eye contact, initiating conversation and engaging with others.
  • Prepare and pick up foods from main kitchen ensuring health and food safety standards are followed completely.
  • Keep Granary truck and all associated carts clean and operable.
  • Maintain proper rotation of product in all refrigerators to minimize wastage/spoilage.
  • Work on prepping salads and all other associated tasks under time constraints, extreme temperatures, and high business levels.
  • Learn, retain, and demonstrate a full knowledge and understanding of all associated Granary recipes as trained.
  • Follow recipes, instructions from sous chefs, and work as part of larger team unit focusing on quality and consistency.
  • Ensure the cleanliness and maintenance of all work areas, utensils, and equipment.
  • Follow kitchen policies, procedures and service standards.
  • Follow all safety and sanitation policies when handling food and beverage.
  • Lift such items as boxes as heavy as 50 pounds.
  • Handle hot items with care.
  • Work clean and be responsible for kitchen organization and orderliness.
  • Push a food cart of 200 Ibs. up to 75 feet.
  • Assist all service staff and company workers in a professional manner insuring our guest service is in accordance with company standards.
  • Grill, bake, roast, broil, and steam meats, fish, vegetables, and other foods.
  • Assist in production planning, record keeping and reporting as required.
  • Assist in the requisitioning and receiving of all food and supplies as required.
  • Attend shift briefings and actively participate daily.
  • Check and ensure the correctness of the temperature of appliances and food.
  • Check the working condition of equipment and machinery in accordance with specifications.
  • Communicate assistance needed during busy periods.
  • Ensure adherence to quality expectations and standards.
  • Ensure proper portion, arrangement, and food garnish.
  • Familiarize self with and demonstrate basic knife handling skills and operation of basic kitchen equipment and machines.
  • Follow all company and safety and security policies and procedures.
  • Identify safety hazards, report, and follow up to see that corrective action is taken.
  • Inform supervisor of hazardous situations, emergencies or threats to the security of guests, employees or hotel assets.
  • Inspect work by touch, sight, sound and smell for conformance to prescribed standards
  • Keep refrigerators and storerooms clean and neat. Ensures food and supply items are stored per standards.
  • Learn, follow directions, and demonstrate food service sanitation practices and prevention of food borne illnesses.
  • Learn and retain knowledge of historical facts and information about Mohonk Mountain House.
  • Maintain confidentiality of proprietary information; protect company assets.
  • Maintain food and cooler logs.
  • Maintain good working relationships with coworkers, guests, and managers.
  • Monitor food quality while preparing food. Monitor the quality and quantity of food that is prepared.
  • Operate equipment such as ovens, stoves, grills, microwaves, steamers, kettles, and fryers.
  • Perform job safely while maintaining a clean, safe work environment.
  • Perform basic mathematical functions with recipes such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.
  • Prepare and cook food according to recipes, quality standards, presentation standards, and food preparation checklist.
  • Prepare special dietary meals or substitute items.
  • Reach overhead and below the knees, including bending, twisting, pulling, and stooping.
  • Regulate temperature of ovens, broilers, grills, and roasters.
  • Research industry trends regularly and maintain a current knowledge of common or trending practices in the industry.
  • Complete safety training and certifications when offered.
  • Set-up and break down work station.
  • Stand for up to five hours at a time.  Walk distances up to five miles.
  • Speak, read and write the English language and communicate in a clear and congenial manner, with our guests, visitors and employees.  Hear verbal instructions, directions and warnings.
  • Test foods to determine if they have been cooked sufficiently.
  • Wash and disinfect kitchen area, tables, tools, knives, and equipment.
  • Weigh, measure, and mix ingredients.
  • Adhere to Mohonk Mountain House’s Dress and Grooming Standards; presenting a neat, clean and well-groomed appearance and maintaining a positive, professional image to our customers.
  • Learn and successfully demonstrate the Mohonk Mountain House Service Steps with Service Strategies with guests and staff.
  • Maintain a flexible work schedule including days/nights, weekdays/weekends, holidays, and during peak periods of business.


  • At least 18 years of age.
  • At least 2 years of cooking/grilling experience.

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

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