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Line Cook

Washington D.C., DC, USA

Job Type

Full Time

Workspace

On-Site

About the Role

Typical responsibilities:

Prepare and execute a variety of menu items, including appetizers, entrees, and sides, following established recipes and guidelines.
Cook and grill food items according to specified cooking methods, temperatures, and portion sizes, ensuring optimal taste, texture, and presentation.
Adhere to strict food safety and sanitation standards, including proper handling, storage, and labeling of ingredients (following safe thawing and cooling protocols), cooking foods to food-safe temperatures, and maintaining a clean and organized work area.
Set up and stock stations with all necessary supplies and ingredients before the start of each shift, ensuring a smooth and efficient service.
Monitor and manage cooking times to ensure that each dish is prepared and served in a timely manner, coordinating with other kitchen staff to maintain a consistent flow of orders.
Ensure that all dishes leaving the kitchen meet the restaurant's quality standards in terms of taste, appearance, and portion size.
Work closely with the kitchen team, including chefs and other line cooks, to coordinate orders, communicate special requests or dietary restrictions, and maintain a harmonious and efficient working environment.
Assist in monitoring and controlling inventory levels, notifying the kitchen manager or supervisor of any shortages or discrepancies.
Participate in cleaning and maintenance tasks, including equipment cleaning, dishwashing, and kitchen organization, to uphold cleanliness standards and ensure a safe working environment.

Requirements

  • Useful qualifications:

    • Proven experience working as a line cook or in a similar culinary role, demonstrating a solid understanding of cooking techniques, flavor profiles, and food safety practices.

    • Familiarity with operating and maintaining various kitchen equipment, including grills, ovens, salamanders, broilers, fryers, and other essential culinary tools.

    • Ability to prioritize tasks and manage time effectively in a fast-paced environment to meet service demands and maintain a smooth workflow.

    • Strong focus on accuracy and precision to ensure consistency and quality in every dish prepared.

    • Excellent communication and collaboration skills to work effectively as part of a team, supporting and assisting colleagues as needed.

    • Ability to withstand long hours of standing, working in a hot and fast-paced kitchen environment, and lifting heavy objects (e.g., pots, pans, and food supplies).

    • Willingness to work evenings, weekends, and holidays, as required by the operation’s schedule.

About the Company

A Line Cook plays a vital role in preparing and executing a variety and often the majority of an operation’s dishes with precision and efficiency. Culinary expertise, attention to detail, ability to multitask and work quickly under pressure contribute to the success of this position.

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