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Lead Cook

Posted April 21, 2021

Derby City Gaming
Louisville, KY

About This Job


Join the team of Derby City Gaming - Churchill Downs Incorporated’s newest gaming facility! All full-time positions offer many great benefits including: Health, Dental, Vision, Short Term Disability, Life Insurance, 24 days of Paid Time Off, 401k, Employee Stock Purchase Plan, corporate discounts, and so much more! Apply now to become part of our fast-growing, dynamic team!

The Lead Cook is responsible for safely preparing food items, following menu specifications and standard recipes, for service to guests in all outlets. Plan, prioritize, produce and delegate daily operations requirements. The Lead Cook is a liaison to the Executive Chef in effectively training and developing of Culinary Team members in operational excellence.  

Specific Duties and Responsibilities

  • Ability to operate kitchen equipment including slicer, steamer, deep fryer, ovens, broiler, grill, mixer, kettle, and griddles.
  • Requires reading and math skill for recipes and measurements
  • Ability to read, write, speak and understand basic English in order to read recipes and communicate with other team members
  • Actively participates with staff to cook, prepare, dish-up and assemble all outlets food
  • Adheres to control procedure for food costs and quality
  • Verifies that all sanitation and nutrition practices are maintained by kitchen staff
  • Prepares all food items according to standard recipes and menu to ensure consistency of product to the guest
  • Be able to create compound sauces and derivatives of the mother sauces including the knowledge of Beurre Blancs
  • Prepare written food requisition for supplies and food items for production in the work station – inventory.
  • Verifies that all portion sizes, quality standards, departmental rules, policies, and procedures are maintained by kitchen staff, and supervises the production of all food items
  • Ensure the safety and security of employees and guests. Implements programs and processes to reduce loss time injuries. 
  • Other duties as assigned


Standards of Performance

  • Abilities demonstrated in handling the banquets and food outlet effectiveness.
  • Be in constant communication with the Executive Chef
  • Maintaining interpersonal working relationship among all personnel – create a environment of development and learning
  • Oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to perform all duties at a higher level of accuracy and speed than a Cook I
  • Willingness to assume overall responsibility relative to the performance of the department, work flexible hours and handle high pressure deadlines


  • High School Diploma
  • 3-5 years’ experience in food preparation and food knowledge
  • Ability to acquire valid racing license

Additional Information

All applicants must be able to demonstrate their US work authorization during the employment verification process.


About this Employer

Derby City Gaming

4520 Poplar Level Rd
Louisville, KY 40213

(502) 961-7600

About the company

As the Kentucky Derby legacy has evolved over 130-plus years, so has CDI’s stable of businesses. The publicly traded company has evolved from one world-famous venue in Central Kentucky to the United States’ premier racing, gaming and entertainment company with a myriad of holdings, including:

  • Five racetracks;
  • Eight casinos;
  • The country’s leading online wagering business,;
  • A video poker business
  • A multi-state network of off-track betting (OTB) facilities; and
  • A collection of racing-related data, totalisator and telecommunication companies that support CDI’s sports and gaming operations. 

CDI now employs more than 5,000 people and maintains physical operations in eleven states: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, New York,  Ohio, and Washington.