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Line Cook

at HCareers

Posted: 11/12/2020
Job Reference #: 9447_1528867
Keywords: hospitality, hotel

Job Description

Cook I & III Position Profile

Reports to: Executive Chef/Sous Chefs; position is non-exempt


Hotels done differently. It's not just a slogan or catchphrase, it is who we are in everything we do. We believe in the power of People, Place and Character; ensuring our properties are a place where individuals are valued and celebrated as a tribute to the neighborhoods and the people of the communities in which we operate; elevating our associates' pride in who they are, where they live and who we serve.

Located in the Historic Hippee building, Surety celebrates the history of Des Moines while building the future of the City of Certainties. In banking, a surety bond is a guarantee- a promise that someone has your back so that you can make good on a loan. At Surety Hotel Des Moines, we make a promise as well; unmatched service, incredible design, a superior level of hospitality and a one-of-a-kind Iowa experience for all.

Surety Hotel is managed by Aparium Hotel Group which was founded in 2011 by Chicago hospitality executive and entrepreneur Mario Tricoci and luxury hotel veteran Kevin Robinson. The duo saw a clear need for a company that could bring c-suite service and accommodations to underserved, yet distinct and important cities, while maintaining and celebrating the unadulterated character of each. Driven by the belief that all hospitality experiences should be fueled by the poetics of their surroundings, Aparium was born with an intense focus on unearthing the amazing moments unique to every city.

Since its founding, Aparium has grown into a new kind of hotel brand, one that ventures off the beaten path, both geographically and philosophically. It is a sophisticated hotel brand known for its singular ability to combine the business acumen of large hospitality companies with the charm of boutique hotels, bringing the disparate forces together in bustling, smaller markets.


Your past experiences have led you to understand that there is an art + science to the how and what of a culinary professional. You've given your knife a name and your skills with it are honed. You have some experience in the culinary world, but are hungry for more! You are committed to yourself and your team, eager to utilize your skills while continuing to learn alongside other talented individuals under the direction of our Culinary Leadership Team. You are comfortable with taking direction and constructive feedback. You know your way around a kitchen, understanding how each station and team member contributes to the over-all success of the operation.


The Cook reports to and works directly with the Executive Chef and Sous Chefs (Culinary Leadership Team), developing and executing scratch-made dishes and recipes. It is critical that you are someone who has been honing your craft for years and demonstrates some advanced knowledge in culinary techniques. You are a task-oriented and list-driven individual who is comfortable working closely with other team members and under the direction of the Chef. There will be opportunities where collaboration with culinary leadership is key as your valuable insight is needed for our shared success.

At Aparium, our culinary teams are expected to hold themselves, the guests, and each other in high regard. You will actively develop trusting and transparent relationships with your peers, both in the kitchen and throughout the hotel. You will have the opportunity to work with a phenomenal group of individuals with whom collaboration, humbleness, and open-minds are the norm-no egos are allowed. The ability to work with controlled measure and respect for your leadership team and peers is imperative; we have a no-tolerance policy for the "old school way".


    -Uphold and role model the company's principles of People, Place, and Character, while embodying our values that drive collaboration, intuitive service, and translocal hospitality
    -Collaborate with culinary leadership, demonstrating a united front as a team committed to providing the best possible guest experience
    -Take pride in the food you prepare for guests, adhering to thoughtfully created recipes, presentation standards, and guest preferences
    -Work in an organized fashion with the utmost respect for your ingredients, equipment, and workspace
    -Demonstrate a professional sense of urgency while simultaneously being mindful of technique, in order to provide an amazing guest experience through the food you create
    -Possess a basic understanding of culinary skills, striving to learn more through constant scientific study of your craft
    -Foster open lines of communication within the department by actively participating in daily line ups and quarterly culinary all staff meetings, maintaining a transparent dialogue amongst the team to voice ideas and concerns, while course-correcting any missed opportunities
    -Actively participate in feedback sessions with culinary leadership to further develop your skillset
    -Observe conditions of all physical facilities and equipment in the culinary operation, reporting anything substandard to the Chef, Sous Chefs, and/or engineering department to make corrections and improvements as needed
    -Maintain regular communication with the culinary leadership team to ensure alignment on priorities, understanding that flexibility with your responsibilities is paramount to support a successful operation
    -Aparium Hotel Group does not discriminate based on disability, veteran status or on any other basis protected under federal, state, or local laws. The hotel and company are a smoke-free, drug-free facility, and equal opportunity employer.


    - Passion for culinary arts, experience in a range of cuisines
    -Minimum of two (2) years' experience as a mid-level cook or higher, with at least of four (4) years' experience working in a free-standing or hotel restaurant kitchen
    -Demonstrated knowledge of food safety guidelines and requirements; SafeStaff Certificate of Completion or completed within 30 days of hire required
    -Introductory skills in Microsoft Excel and Word to create and adjust spreadsheets, cleaning lists, and prep guides
    -Adaptable interpersonal communication skills to address fellow associates all levels
    -Conversational proficiency of the English language in reading, writing and verbal communication
    -Ability to calculate basic math principles to meet proper menu ingredients and perform inventory
    -Ability to work in a fast-paced environment for extended periods of time to meet high volume business
    -Ability to lift, balance and carry up to 25 lbs. to transport dry goods inventory, equipment, etc.
    -Ability to lift, balance and carry (with assistance) up to 100 lbs. to transport dry goods inventory, equipment, etc.
    -Ability to stand or walk for prolonged periods to cook required menu items
    -Ability to withstand warm to hot environments for prolonged periods while utilizing ovens, stoves, or fryers

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, Aparium Hospitality Services celebrates diversity and is committed to creating an equitable and inclusive environment, and sense of belonging for all employees. We do not discriminate and believe every individual should be proud of who they are, where they come from and take pride in who we serve.

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