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Prep Cook

Posted May 20, 2021

El Capitan Hotel
Merced, CA

About This Job


This position will begin January 2021.

 Passionate about cooking? Come and join our lively team in the coolest kitchen in town. As a cook, you'll set up your station and participate in prep. You should be passionate about putting out consistent, quality food and seeking opportunities to learn and grow in the kitchen. You should be able to follow recipes and take direction from the Chef or Sous Chef and also explore your creativity where appropriate. You welcome the fast, often hectic pace of the kitchen and are above all a team player. 

A hallmark of the Joie de Vivre brand is that every hotel is deeply and uniquely of its place. For the El Capitan Hotel and Mainzer Theater, that place is on Main Street Merced, in California’s Central Valley, and within a 90-minute drive of Yosemite National Park or the San Francisco Bay Area. The locale and the El Capitan properties are further defined by a history shaped by the railroad, ranching, and agriculture, and a connection to Yosemite that dates to a time when Merced was truly the last stop for provisions before the last leg of the journey into the park.

El Capitan Hotel features a restaurant serving classic California dishes inspired by the local bounty and produce of the Central Valley. The offerings extend throughout this historic property to a café bar, garden courtyard and market, where artisan coffees, crafted cocktails, and lighter fare nourish locals and travelers alike.

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  • Ensure the preparation station and the kitchen is set up and stocked. 

  • Prepare food items, preparation equipment, small wares, plate ware, food ingredients, garnishes and supply items needed for effective operation of the station. Reports any problems or discrepancies to Sous Chef/Chef on a timely basis. 

  • Operate oven and hot prep equipment, ensure proper time/temp of all hot and cooked foods 

  • Report to the executive chef and follow instructions. 

  • Make sure food preparation and storage areas meet health and safety standards. 

  • Ensures our guests have a superior dining experience by correctly prepping food products 

  • Assists Sous Chef/Chef and other kitchen team members in accomplishing closing duties and kitchen cleanliness. 


  • Minimum 1 year experience as a prep cook in a full service, fine dining upscale, table cloth or casual dining restaurant required. 

  • Experience with fresh products preferred. 

  • You are a team player. You're not afraid to roll up your sleeves and jump in to help your Team 

  • You show passion & commitment.  

  • You thrive in a fast paced environment. 

  • Must be able to stand and exert well-paced mobility for up to 8 hours in length.  

  • Must be able to lift up to 30 lbs. on a regular and continuing basis.  

  • Must be able to work in an environment subject to extreme cold (30 degrees), heat (temperatures above 100 degrees), loud noises from restaurant equipment and machinery, and fumes, odors, dust and smoke. 




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El Capitan Hotel

Merced, CA

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Historic, sophisticated, and central lodging in Merced.

Perfectly situated in downtown Merced in one of the oldest buildings on Main Street, El Capitan Hotel is a journey through time that blends convenience with university culture in California’s heartland. Here students, business travelers, and locals mix and mingle among the timeless facades of a burgeoning central business district.

Historic detail and hand-crafted style evoke the spirit of the west, paying homage to the hotel’s roots as the town’s first railroad depot and to the agrarian lifestyle that defines the region. Restored to its former glory, El Capitan remains a haven for travelers seeking a central launching point to work, school, or the golden warmth of the Central Valley.

Opening 2020