Lucy's Restaurant Group
  • Lucy's - Back of House
  • Auburn, AL, USA
  • 12
  • Hourly
  • Full Time

Prep Cook Job Summary

Position starts at $12.00/hour + 3% Bonus Tip Pool, based on hours worked

Full Time

Lucy's is a modern American neighborhood eatery offering seasonal contemporary cooking, Lucy's menu is filled with locally sourced food that is made from the heart and served from the heart. We are shared plates, award-winning cocktails, and a killer wine list with wine on tap. Lucy's radiates good vibes only. We are looking to add experienced kitchen staff to our team. This is a great opportunity to be a part of an organization that believes our team members are our most important asset. We take great pride in selecting individuals that will help us to achieve our mission of being one of the best restaurants in the Southeast.

What will I be doing?

As a Prep Cook (also known as a food preparation worker), you will be responsible for performing the following tasks to the highest standards:

  • Assist the chef in preparing the food items according to designated recipes and quality standards
  • Collaborate with other team members to maintain a clean and safe cooking environment
  • Prepare, maintain and monitor quality control for hot food items including, but not limited to meat, fish, fowl, sauces, stocks, and seasonings
  • Practice correct food handling and food storage procedures according to federal, state, local, and company regulations
  • Inspect food preparation and serving areas to ensure cleanliness and observance of safe, sanitary food-handling practices
  • Prepare guest orders in a friendly, organized, and efficient manner
  • Visually inspects all food sent from the kitchen to ensure quality and accuracy

Professional Skills

  • Knowledge of kitchen tools and utensils A proper knowledge of the kitchen tools and utensils is required to perform the specific tasks and requirements of being a prep cook. Usually, a short introduction to the available equipment is done when hired, but a basic knowledge of kitchen components is required.
  • Good coordination Prep Cooks work with sharp utensils, high temperature pans, steaming pots, etc. The ideal candidate must coordinate his or her actions to avoid hazard and ensure the safety of both themselves and other members of the team.
  • Good learning skills This is one of the first steps in a culinary career and the ability and willingness to learn is an essential component to growth in this position. Prep cooks must always have their eyes and ears open. They learn along the way from what they are directly told and shown but must also learn by observing other members of the staff.
  • Ability to follow instructions In some cases, there is little time to perform a multitude of tasks, so commands and instructions are given verbally. The prep cook must listen and remember all tasks and complete them according to the spoken requirements.
  • Work well under pressure Working in a professional kitchen requires an intense level of stress management, as most of the activity is done under pressure to meet strict deadlines. Tense situations may occur, and it is expected that prep cooks know exactly how to act in such moments.

Personal skills

  • Passion In the culinary industry, passion for what you are doing is essential.
  • Positive attitude A prep cook is part of a team. A positive attitude will increase the team's confidence and create a good working environment that promotes everyone's success.
  • Good communication skills The kitchen staff is often working under pressure, and conveying messages in a clear, concise, and respectful manner is essential for good collaboration and the overall success of the team.
  • Patience and perseverance Even though much of the work of a cook is done in a fast-paced environment, they must keep their calm and work diligently for good results. Great endurance Most of a cook's work is done standing, requires a wide range of mobility, and involves the lifting and carrying of heavy items. Therefore, great physical endurance is necessary in this position.

In addition, we look for the demonstration of the following key attributes:

  • Attention to Detail
  • Exceptional Work Ethic
  • Dependability
  • Guest Centricity
  • Adaptability
  • Ability to Work as Part of a Team


Full time employees are eligible* for:

  • Health, Dental, and Vision Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • 401K
  • Flexible Spending Account

*Waiting period required for all new employees / waiting period varies by benefit

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