Where Job Seekers Connect with
Gaming-Hospitality/Technology Employers

Lead Cook

Yaamava’ Resort & Casino at San Manuel
Highland, CA
Save this job

The Lead Cook will direct, assist, train and re-train cooks in the preparation of food/food orders, as well as control production levels, proper recipe following and sanitation.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Oversee and guide cooks in the following job functions as well as participate in closing shift responsibilities. Gather required paperwork and ensuring all necessary items are completed. Responsible for preparation of prep and production list.
  • Responsible for preparation of all food items that are needed. Have complete understanding of all relative stations.
  • Responsible for assisting in the compliance of the San Manuel Casino Gaming Ordinance Guidelines (Chapter 19, sections 19.1 through 19.58).
  • Assist in daily inventory of product and the requisitions of same to see that shortages do not occur.
  • Assist and monitor the preparation of items served.
  • Use and store all food per rotation regulations: First-In-First-Out, and follow regulated expiration dates, date all items before use/storage.
  • Responsible for training and re-training of all kitchen personnel. Communicate and update to keep co-workers informed.
  • Be familiar with Safety policies and procedures. Attend and participate in all safety meetings.
  • Be able to function and train in all areas (all kitchens, food prep, stock and dishwasher).
  • Report all discrepancies, accidents and violations to the immediate Supervisor.
  • Responsible for notifying immediate Supervisor of any problems or concerns.
  • 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.
  • Keep up with emails and communication with cooks, chefs and other leads.
  • Be able to keep good notes on production levels of cooks, and daily observations.
  • Perform other duties as assigned to support the efficient operation of the department.

Supervisory Responsibilities

The Lead Cook is responsible for functional supervision of the Cooks, Preps, Dishwashers and assigned Stocks or Inventory Control personnel in their day-to-day operations.


  • High School Diploma or GED and culinary arts degree from accredited school required.
  • Minimum five (5) to seven (7) years’ experience working in high-volume line cooking or production cooking in a full-service dining establishment or food service establishment, with at least two (2) years’ experience in supervisory capacity preferred.
  • 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 to sometimes difficult 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 current Food Handlers Card within 90 days of employment.
  • Will be required to obtain and maintain T.I.P.S Certification.

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!

Save this job

Yaamava’ Resort & Casino at San Manuel

777 San Manuel Boulevard

Highland, CA 92346

Yaamava’ Resort & Casino at San Manuel is located just 60 minutes from downtown Los Angeles in the city of Highland, CA. It is one of the largest casinos on the West Coast, with 7,000 slot machines, 150 table games, and five high-limit rooms. We are one of the top 10 largest casino resorts in the US.

Guests enjoy sweeping views of the San Bernardino Mountains, live entertainment, and a full array of dining options, which include The Pines Modern Steakhouse, Hong Bao Kitchen, Serrano Vista Cafe, Rock & Brews, Chingon Kitchen, Big Mo’ Cafe, and 11 bars and lounges.

The Serrano Spa earned a Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star award, and The Pines Modern Steakhouse and Yaamava’ Resorteach earned a Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star award, with all three being the first in the Inland Empire to receive such designation. Yaamava' Resort and Casino at San Manuel also received two 2023 AAA Four Diamonds ratings for the new hotel and The Pines Modern Steakhouse.

The hotel is a 17-story tower with 432 guest rooms. Guests relax in an elevated pool with a bar and private cabanas, the lavish full-service Serrano spa and salon, a health and fitness center, a full array of dining options, multiple bars and lounges, and luxe retail shops.

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.

Click here to see why you’ll want to work on our Team

Our benefits focus on five key areas of wellness - financial, emotional, physical, social, and occupational - because we know it takes more than a salary to thrive. The benefits under each category include everything from retirement, insurance and dental benefits to emotional wellness programs, home repair services, and much more. 

Our employees have the option to select the benefits that best support their lives and their wellness.