Job Title:   BUFFET COOK
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Ameristar Casino Black Hawk
Black Hawk, CO
Food & Beverage

Casino Overview:
The Ameristar Casino Resort Spa located in Black Hawk, Colorado is the premiere gaming, entertainment and resort destination of Colorado.  Located 40 miles west of the mile high city of Denver in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Ameristar features an exciting casino, a variety of fine dining restaurants and a four diamond rated hotel. 
Our 55,000 square foot gaming floor is home to around 1,500 of the newest slot products and the hottest games in the market.  Our spacious 24 table pit includes the games of craps, blackjack and roulette. Ameristar also has the largest poker room in the state of Colorado.   
At Ameristar, we offer our guests four exceptional dining options including our elegant Timberline Grill, the international Centennial Buffet, our flavorful Waypost Deli and the delicious Fireside Kitchen. 
Ameristar’s luxurious full-service hotel incorporates 536 well-appointed rooms, including 64 suites, a roof-top pool with indoor and outdoor hot-tubs, a full-service luxury day spa and over 15,000 square-feet of meeting and event space.   
Our eye-catching facilities are state-of-the-art but it’s our Ameristar Team that truly makes our operation special.  At Ameristar, we take great pride in creating and facilitating a productive and winning culture.  We recognize that the hard work and dedication of our Team Members has a positive impact on our property’s success, therefore we have created an environment in which our Team Members have all the tools and support they need to excel in their jobs and enjoy their Ameristar experience.  To show our appreciation of our Team Members, we designed a competitive compensation and benefit package to promote the health and well being of our Team Members and their families.  If you are seeking to join a winning team and the best gaming and hospitality property in Colorado, then Ameristar is your destination.  
To make the commute from the Denver metro area to Ameristar easy, we offer discounted rates on bus tickets for our Team Members. 

Guest Service Commitment
At Ameristar we are dedicated to providing the best gaming and hospitality experience in the industry.  Our guests experience quality customer service in a fun and friendly atmosphere.  Ameristar devotes valuable resources and training to all our Team Members to ensure the highest level of customer service is delivered to all our guests, each of our Team Members and anyone else who has a relationship with our company.  By joining our team, we hope you facilitate these successes and provide the best guest service in the industry.     

Safety Requirement:
Safety is a core value at Ameristar and vital to our operation.  The ability to work safely and prevent personal injury is a key job requirement of every position and very important to our organization.  Each Team Member is expected to be committed to their personal safety, the safety of fellow Team Members as well as the safety our guests and demonstrate that commitment through their daily actions. If an unsafe condition is identified, each Team Member is expected to correct or report the condition. 

Position Summary
Safely prepare food items, following menu specifications and standard recipes, for service to guests in all outlets. Must strive for picture perfect plate presentation.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Requires reading and math skill for recipes and measurements
  • Ability to provide clear direction, instruction and guidance to subordinates
  • Train lower level Cooks in proper equipment use
  • Ability to work with small, delicate, and sensitive equipment (knives) requiring fine finger dexterity.
  • Ability to operate kitchen equipment including slicer, steamer, deep fryer, ovens, broiler, grill, mixer, braiser, kettle, and flat top.
  • Ability to organize and delegate work assignments/tasks
  • Ability to perform duties within hot to normal to cold temperature ranges.
  • Ability to grasp, bend, lift and/or carry, or otherwise, move or push goods on a food warmer weighing a maximum of 300 lbs. at a continuous schedule.
  • Perform tasks requiring bending, stooping, kneeling, standing, and walking significant distances.
  • Ability to organize and prioritize work, and meet deadlines.
  • Actively participates with staff to cook, prepare, dish-up and assemble all outlets food.
  • Adheres to control procedure for food costs and quality.
  • Perform all assigned sidework to include replenishing/restocking work station with supplies.
  • Check station before, during and after shift for proper set-up and cleanliness.
  • Fully observe all safety procedures as well as clean as you go techniques.
  • To encourage and abide by all health codes and hand washing guidelines.
  • Ability to read and gather all necessary items for recipe execution.
  • Prepare all food items according to standard recipes and menu to ensure consistency of product to the guest.
  • Knowledge of how to prepare sauces.
  • Be able to prepare an order list for recipe preparations.
  • Be in constant communication with Cook III’s and Sous Chef.
  • Ability to work the line in different locations i.e. Saute, Broiler, Appetizer, Pantry, Pasta, Grill etc.
  • Preparation of hot and cold sauces.
  • Must have basic knife skills
  • Total knowledge of two stations with some familiarization of two others
Required Knowledge and Skills
  • Excellent guest service skills
  • Working knowledge of food storage, knife handling and sharpening, weights & measures, stocks, soups and sauces, plate presentations, recipes and yields, Health department regulations, sanitation and safety regulations
  • Uses appropriate language when engaging guests and co-workers in conversation, communicating clearly and courteously, provides continued service to all guests
  • Determines the nature of guest concerns and takes appropriate action to resolve general concerns, obtaining assistance from the proper personnel, as necessary.

Required Natural Behaviors

  • Strong organization skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively and communicate effectively with Team Members at all levels of the organization
Required Education and Work Experience
  • One year minimum experience in food preparation and food knowledge.
  • Must be able to perform all cooking duties.
  • Must be able to fast pace with a sense of urgency.
  • Must be able to complete any classes or certifications required by the State of CO or Ameristar Casinos, Inc.
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