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Catering Cook

Job Details

Duluth Entertainment Convention Center - Duluth, MN



Hourly Wage


The Catering Cook will provide quality catering and concessions products. The DECC venues offer an exciting atmosphere with a variety of food service styles. This includes casual meals, quick food items and formal dinners prepared in our catering kitchen. The Cooks are responsible for superior production of all food items in accordance with the DECC’s high quality standards and procedures.

Cook shirts and chef coats are provided by the DECC. Black pants or jeans (no holes) and sneakers are acceptable.

Requirements and Competencies

  • Cooking experience
  • Ability to ensure a high level of customer service
  • Ability to adapt to changes, delays, or unexpected events
  • Ability to resolve problems and manage difficult situations as needed
  • Ability to move quickly throughout the complex when an event(s) is located in multiple areas of the building or a supply run is required
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills

Preferred Education and Experience

  • A minimum of one (1) to two (2) years hotel/restaurant cold and/or hot preparation experience or equivalent and high-volume food preparation experience is preferred.
  • Servsafe certification is preferred

Essential Functions (Reasonable accommodations may be made for individuals with disabilities.)

  • Responsible for quality and quantity of production of hot and cold foods with proper rotation practices
  • Ensure all food product temperatures meet health department guidelines
  • Responsible for the production of special food items for banquets, public dining rooms, and concessions
  • Operate broilers, grills, fryers, flat tops, ovens and pizza ovens
  • Assemble, distribute, decorate, and garnish all prepared foods being mindful of appearance
  • Respond courteously and promptly to customer needs
  • Assist Executive Chef and Sous Chef with production as needed
  • Maintain clean work areas including dishwashing and assigned cleaning projects
  • Report any maintenance problems or other problem areas to supervisor as they occur
  • Follow sanitation, health, and safety protocols
  • Attend all required internal meetings
  • Additional duties as assigned


This position is flexible part time based in DECC event needs. It will have day, afternoon, and/or evening shifts scheduled on various days of the week and may include some holidays. We cannot guarantee a set number of hours per week. The DECC cannot always schedule a definite ending time due to the nature of the events, but an estimated time may be provided.

Supervisory Responsibilities
No supervisory responsibilities

Work Environment
While performing the duties of this job, you will frequently be exposed to wet and/or humid conditions and moving mechanical parts. The employee is occasionally exposed to extreme cold and extreme heat. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate, but can occasionally be loud (industrial kitchen equipment).

Physical Demands
While performing the duties of this job, you are required to stand, walk, use your hands and arms, talk and hear, and taste or smell. Vision abilities required by this job include depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. You must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, bending, reaching, squatting and pushing carts. There can be long stretches of standing in place.

Additional Eligibility Requirements

  • Must be 16 years of age or older.
  • Successful completion of reference checks
  • Successful completion of a background check
  • Successful completion of a drug test, if applicable

Work Authorization/Security Clearance Requirements
The DECC uses USCIS Form I-9 to verify the identity and employment authorization of individuals hired for employment. On the form, an employee must attest to his or her employment authorization. The employee is required to present the DECC with acceptable documents evidencing identity and employment authorization at the time of hire. The DECC will examine the employment eligibility and identity document(s).
The list of acceptable documents can be provided by Human Resources.

At-Will Employment
This position is at will. This means if you are offered the position and accept, your employment with the DECC is for an indefinite period of time and it is subject to termination by you or the DECC, with or without cause, with or without notice, and at any time. Nothing in this job description or any other policy of the DECC shall be interpreted to be in conflict with or to eliminate or modify in any way, the at will employment status of this position.

The at will employment status of an employee of the DECC may be modified only in a written employment agreement with that employee which is signed by the Executive Director or the Chair of the DECC Board of Directors.

By your signature below, you acknowledge your understanding that your employment with the DECC is at will, and that nothing in this description is intended to constitute a contract of employment, express or implied.

EEO Statement
The DECC is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In order to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all individuals, employment decisions will be based on merit, qualification and ability. The DECC does not discriminate in employment practices on the basis of age, color, disability, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by law. The DECC will follow any state or local law that provides greater protection. This policy is neither exhaustive nor exclusive. The DECC is committed to taking all other actions necessary to ensure equal employment opportunity for persons with disabilities in accordance with the ADA and all other applicable laws.

Other Duties
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job.
Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

FLSA Classification

Type of Position
Part-Time, Event-Driven

Type of Employment

Travel Required


Reports to
Executive Chef