Type of Position
Food and Beverage-BOH
Varies (Any)
Pay Rate
Starting at $21.15

Banquet Lead Cook



Potawatomi Hotel & Casino (PH&C), owned by the Forest County Potawatomi tribe, is one of the most comprehensive, state-of-the-art entertainment properties in the Midwest, including slot machines, table games, poker tables, bingo, off-track-betting, a theater, event center, award-winning restaurants, full-service catering, and a luxury hotel, with a variety of business meeting and special occasion venues.  In addition to being the premier entertainment destination in the Midwest, PH&C sets the bar high for responsible citizenship through its dedication to charitable giving, responsible gambling, and sustainability.  

PH&C operates on growth-oriented Mission, Vision, and Values statements that emphasize providing opportunities, being the premier entertainment destination in the Midwest, and most importantly, acting with integrity in everything that we do.  While carrying out the job duties listed below, the Banquet Lead Cook will contribute to our continued success by demonstrating unsurpassed guest service, a high level of integrity and ethical standards, and personal and professional dedication to our Mission, Vision, and Values.   

Principal Duties and Responsibilities (*Essential Functions)

  1. *Oversee, plan, and assist in the creation of all food and menu items prepared in the venue.
  2. *Lead the culinary team to hold team members accountable for their performance and to ensure that all food served is monitored for taste and visual appeal; established portion control measures are followed; and the level of waste is controlled through proper production levels and converted portion guidelines.
  3. *Communicate departmental objectives to ensure consistency and commitment to company policies and procedures.
  4. *Maintain a safe, sanitary, and organized work environment. Ensure that a high level of sanitation is in place at all times and that team members adhere to established sanitation procedures.
  5. *Assist in monthly inventory and rotation of stock.
  6. *Assist in menu development and presentation, including but not limited to establishing recipes, determining costs, and publishing new menu specifications.
  7. Assist in training, testing, and coaching other members of the culinary team.
  8. Work at other venues as assigned, based on business needs.    
  9. Ensure full compliance with departmental Internal Controls, policies, procedures, and regulations.
  10. Perform other duties as assigned.


Job Qualifications

  1. The ability to demonstrate intermediate to advanced cooking skills is required.
  2. A high school diploma or equivalent and 2 years of related experience are required.
  3. Previous supervisory experience is preferred.
  4. The ability to successfully achieve ServSafe certification within 90 days.
  5. The ability to successfully complete Culinary Academy within 12 months.
  6. Office skills must include the ability to use standard office equipment and basic computer skills.
  7. The ability to use basic math skills including adding, subtracting, multiplying, dividing, and counting using whole numbers and factions.
  8. The ability to maintain discretion in handling confidential information.
  9. The ability to interact with guests and team members at all levels of the organization professionally, including the ability to speak in front of small groups.
  10. The ability to work irregular hours and extended shifts including late nights, early mornings, weekends, and holidays.
  11. While performing the duties of this job, the team member is required to talk, hear, stand, sit, walk, climb, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch, and move for prolonged periods of time in a physically demanding, fast-paced environment. The team member is frequently required to use hands to handle or feel objects, tools, or controls, and reach with hands and arms. The team member is required to lift, carry, push, pull, or move objects up to 25 pounds on a regular basis and up to 50 pounds occasionally, with assistance. Team member must wear all required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) while performing job duties. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Working Conditions

The noise level is usually moderate to loud. When on the casino floor, the noise level increases. The facility is not smoke free. While performing the duties of this job, the team member will work near moving parts and extreme noise, such as kitchen equipment, and will be required to work in a hot environment, such as over and near ovens, cooktops, and open flames, and in a cold environment, such as in freezer/production prep kitchen areas. The team member will be exposed to, handle, and work with foods that are commonly classified as allergens, including but not limited to peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, soy, dairy products, seafood, shellfish, and gluten.


The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job.  They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all qualifications, responsibilities, duties, and skills required.