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Lead Cook


Derby City Gaming



Join the team of Derby City Gaming - Churchill Downs Incorporated’s newest gaming facility!

SUMMARY: 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. Willingness to assume overall responsibility relative to the performance of the department, work flexible hours and handle high pressure deadlines. Be in constant communication with the Executive Chef. Requires reading and math skill for recipes and measurements.
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. Maintaining interpersonal working relationship among all personnel – create a environment of development and learning.
Other duties as assigned.


Ability to read, write, speak and understand basic English in order to read recipes and communicate with other team members.
Abilities demonstrated in handling the banquets and food outlet effectiveness. Oral and written communication skills. Ability to perform all duties at a higher level of accuracy and speed than a Cook I.
REQUIREMENTS: 3-5 years’ experience in food preparation and food knowledge. Ability to acquire valid racing license.



Work Schedule

Flexible - Will work with applicant — May include weekends, evenings, and holidays




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!

Required Education

High School Diploma

Work Location

Louisville — 4520 Poplar Level Road Louisville, KY 40213

Application Process


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