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Kitchen Associate (Full-Time, Seasonal)

Company Overview

At Prairie Berry, we’re committed to quality, authenticity, learning, growth, and innovation. We’ve learned that an attitude of gratitude and humbleness makes our business better. We work as a team, cheering each other on, creating fun and making laughter part of every day. We know success is not about today. We strive to make decisions that will brighten the future, not just of Prairie Berry, but of nature and the world. Ultimately, our success depends on balance. We strive for balance in nature and in meeting the needs of the company, co-workers, and family.   

Job Summary

The Kitchen Associate works with the chef(s) and event staff to produce food that lives up to Prairie Berry’s reputation for gourmet excellence. As part of the Kitchen team, the Associate may be asked to perform all elements of Kitchen work, from prep to dishwashing, waiting on customers to plating food beautifully. Teamwork, flexibility, commitment to maintaining a safe workplace, and a strong work ethic are all vital for success.   

Responsibilities and Duties

  • MUST work weekends and evenings  
  • Prepares menu items ordered by Tasting Room guests in an efficient and timely manner
  • Prep items needed for daily Kitchen operations
  • Facilitate the coordination of food orders amongst KI prep staff, making certain orders are prepared in a timely, efficient and accurate manner.
  • Understand and follow food preparation and presentation standards and make certain all plates leaving the kitchen meet our high standards
  • Follow sanitation and serving procedures
  • Respectfully and positively communicate with kitchen staff, tasting room staff, guests and other personnel
  • Verify that quantity received from food suppliers match the invoice, make note of any discrepancies and notify Kitchen Chef(s)
  • Restock all items as needed throughout the shift
  • Understand and follow the kitchen and event inventory procedures and portion control guidelines
  • Make certain that items are added to the order list, when stocking levels warrant, to ensure menu ingredients are available when needed.
  • Know and follow opening and closing procedures
  • Understand and follow all safety procedures in the kitchen
  • Clean and maintain Kitchen and storage areas while practicing good safety, sanitation, and organizational skills
  • Properly use and maintain all kitchen equipment
  • Notice when help is needed in all areas of the Kitchen or during a special event
  • Wash dishes when a dishwasher is not present
  • Contact appropriate service professionals when issues arise with kitchen equipment and secure approval from Kitchen Chef(s) to move forward with any billable repair
  • Work event shifts as needed, including evenings and weekends, assisting in the preparation, plating, and delivery of event menu items and end of event clean-up.
  • Assist Kitchen Chef(s) with daily tasks including preparation of Prairie Berry-made items and event menu items

Qualifications and Skills

  • 1 year of Kitchen food prep experience in the restaurant/food service industry preferred
  • Able to work in a fast-paced kitchen environment
  • Able to reach, bend, stoop and frequently lift up to 40 pounds
  • Able to work in a standing position for long periods of time (up to 8 hours)
  • Able to work in a loud environment for long periods of time
  • Has a reputation for giving great service to guests and co-workers
  • Has good problem-solving skills
  • Is able to work independently and as a member of a team
  • Is passionate about food and wants to learn more
  • Is self-motivated, especially under pressure
  • Likes to have fun at work

2019 Season -  May 2019 - October 2019

Benefits and Perks

  • Starting wage of $11.75
  • Commuting subsidy for 20+ miles
  • Completion Bonus Potential ($150)
  • Casual Dress Code
  • Employee Discounts
  • Flexible Scheduling

Prairie Berry LLC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Prairie Berry does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, sex, age, handicap, religion, national origin or any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

Prairie Berry does participate in E-Verify and will provide the federal government with your Form I-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S.

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