Banquet Cook – Special Events

at The Culinary Institute of America (view profile)
Location Napa
Date Posted February 27, 2020
Job Type Part-time



The Banquet Cook will be responsible for working in conjunction with the Banquet Chef and Sous Chef on all aspects of culinary production for Special Events banquets.


• Accurate and expeditious production of plated recipes with strict adherence to all recipe specifications.
• Food production and plating for service as directed by Executive Chef and Sous Chef.
• Efficient production with minimal waste during all phases of recipe preparation, production and service.
• Charcuterie production and execution as directed by Chefs.
- Curing and smoking of fish, meats and poultry items
- Pate, terrine and sausage production
- Marinades relishes and cold sauces
• Assist in food preparation including browning, heating and reheating.
• Prepare salad items, garnished and condiments.
• Stock, sauce, soup, vegetable preparation.
• Carve buffet meats as requested by guests.
• Support banquets and buffet by ensuring adequate stock of all items.
• Performing tasks related to but not limited to:
- Organization of reach-in coolers
- Dry stock with proper storage
- Security and sanitation guidelines
• Proper packaging, storage, and security of all food items at all stages of receipt or preparation with relation to temperature, location, labeling, packaging, and all established procedures.
• Set up and break down of work stations.
• Assist other team members as needed or directed by Sous Chef or Banquet Chef.
• Maintain proper inventory of station pars on the prep list and ordering appropriately.
• Any and all other duties as assigned.



• High School diploma or equivalent.


• One to two (1-2) years cooking experience in high volume/banquet setting.

Licenses / Certifications

• HACCP or ServSafe Certified, or California Food Handler’s Certificate, or ability to obtain.


• Two (2) year Associates degree from recognized Culinary Institution or the equivalent in industry experience.
• Background in a fine dining restaurant establishment.


• Advanced knife skills.
• Intermediate to advanced level of culinary skills.
• Able to work in a fast-paced environment.
• Ability to read, write, understand, execute and communicate in English.
• Demonstrated ability to show a high level of service responsiveness to customers.
• Must display a high level of energy and self-motivation.
• Ability to multi-task and handle multiple priorities simultaneously.


• Must be able to bend, reach and stand for a minimum of 8 hours daily.
• Must be able to lift and transport a minimum of 50 pounds.
• Ability to withstand high ambient temperatures while working in close proximity to cooking equipment.• Must be available to work flexible hours,  including days, nights and weekends.
• Must be able to work at both locations of the CIA California Campus (Copia in Napa, CA and Greystone in St. Helena, CA). Must possess own transportation in order to travel between locations during the workday as required.

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