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Junior Chef - San Manuel Casino

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Junior Chef


San Manuel Casino


Highland, California 92346
United States

Date Posted:

Mar 31, 2021

Ending Date:

Aug 25, 2021

Type of Position:

Full Time


Food and Beverage

Job Description

Under the direction of the Sous Chef while working closely with the Chef De Cuisine and/or Executive Chef, the Junior Chef supports culinary management staff and hourly staff in daily overall kitchen operations for specific venue. Adhering to the Health department regulations and SMC standards and expectations of food service and quality, freshness and presentation, the Junior Chef will assist culinary management with overseeing the culinary operations to include menu concepts and recipe standardization.


Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Maintains and ensures that recipes, flavor profiles, consistency in quality, appearance and production time frames are adhered to for all menu/food items being produced and that all food items needed for production are available to staff.
  • Ensures that all logs, requisitions and any other necessary paperwork is filled out and submitted in the proper form and time frame.
  • Controls all purchasing of food products and kitchen equipment.
  • Understands menu development techniques and development of recipes, plating guides and menu cards.
  • The individual in this role is responsible for food preparation, storing, and service delivery to customers in their establishment.
  • Assist with food inventory tracking such as quantity of supplies ordered and estimated time of shipment arrivals. Together with the senior kitchen staff, Junior Chefs are in charge of such logistics.
  • Assist in developing strategy for cross-marketing with the aim of increasing profit, which could include pairing drinks with the food served.
  • Responsible for cleanliness, organization and preparedness of immediate work space and adjacent areas,
  • Brief and communicate with the on-coming and out-going shifts and relay information to co-workers.
  • Assist with special projects as directed by the Supervisor including but not limited to: monthly meetings, deli assistance, special banquets, concerts and special guests.
  • Delegate tasks to Cooks and/or other kitchen staff for effectiveness in delivery.
  • Ensures safe working conditions are in place at all times for kitchen and food service staff; investigates and reports all employee injuries or accidents according to policy.
  • Monitors all kitchen areas to ensure Health Department, Gaming, Casino, IHS, FDA, and OSHA codes & policies are followed at all times; Reports any violation(s) of codes and policies immediately upon discovery; Participates in all Gaming, IHS and all other inspections.
  • Maintains acceptable attendance record and arrives in designated kitchen at scheduled time, in proper uniform and ready to work.
  • Perform other duties as assigned to support the efficient operation of the department.


  • High School Diploma or GED required.
  • Vocational/Technical/Business certification in related field preferred.
  • Minimum four (4) years’ experience of large hotel or similar Casino type operation which includes high volume production, catering and multi-unit aspects as well as larger staff management as a Lead Cook level or above required.
  • Possess advanced knowledge of single unit culinary operations.
  • Ability to handle high volume a la carte kitchen cooking, high volume catering/banquet production and expediting of food during peak periods of business in all stated areas.
  • Possess advanced skill level in handson training of staff.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word and Excel) is required.
  • Demonstrates knowledge of food preparation and presentation.
  • Capable of following procedures and taking direction.
  • Possesses the ability to read recipes, production lists and any other necessary collateral paperwork, such as diagrams and logs, to be able to perform necessary duties.
  • Must have good basic mathematical, organizational and communication skills. 
  • Must be an exemplary employee and display the ability to work well with others.
  • Clean and proper work attire in accordance with company policy.
  • Must be reliable, pleasant and possess a good attitude.
  • Be able to provide good service during challenging situations.
  • Able to cope in potentially stressful situations.


  • At the discretion of the San Manuel Tribal Gaming Commission you may be required to obtain and maintain a gaming license.
  • Must obtain and maintain a ServSafe certification within 90 days of employment.

San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and San Manuel Casino will make reasonable accommodations in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.


As one of the largest private employers in the Inland Empire, San Manuel deeply cares about the future, growth and well-being of its employees. Join our team today!

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San Manuel Casino
777 San Manuel Boulevard
Highland, CA 92346

San Manuel Casino  is located in Highlands, CA, just 60 minutes from downtown Los Angeles, and a short drive from LA-Ontario International Airport. The gaming facility is operated by the San Manuel Entertainment Authority, an economic instrumentality of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. The casino floor contains over 4,800 of the latest and most innovative slot machines in a state-of-the-art facility. It features over 130 Vegas-style poker and blackjack tables, an exclusive high-limit room, and a designated Poker room.

It will open the first phase of its $550 million expansion on July 24 including a new high limit room, restaurant and expanded gaming space. A 17-story hotel will open later this year and an events center early next year. The gaming floor will be expanded to more than 6,500 slot machines from 5,000 and 40 more table games will be added, bringing the total number of tables to 135.

Food & beverage venues include Big Mo’ Cafe, Tutu's Food Court with fast-food options around the clock, Rock & Brews with a wide selection of craft burgers and craft beer from around the world, as well as legendary comedian George Lopez's Chingon Kitchen, which provides an authentic Mexican dining experience. Guests can dance the night away with DJ's at Bar Bar Bar, listen to Rock'n Roll tribute bands on stage at Rock & Brews, or enjoy Latin music at George Lopez's Chingon Tequila Lounge.

Indian gaming in California is an exciting, thriving industry. Whether working on the casino floor or providing support to gaming operations as a “behind the scenes” employee, you can contribute to a dynamic and challenging business and have opportunities to learn and grow with the gaming industry. At San Manuel, our team members define us. Working at San Manuel is more than just a job. It is a career that will help you grow into the successful professional you want to be. Apply today to join our team!