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Cafeteria Prep Cook

Location: 3500 Lacey Road, Downers Grove, IL
Brand: Community Cafe

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Cooper’s Hawk will be operating the Community Café, located inside and servicing a large corporate office building for breakfast and lunch hours. The Cooper’s Hawk Prep Cook plays an integral role in the creation and execution of our menu items, by preparing a variety of cold and hot food items and ensuring consistency in each of our dishes. 

We are looking for Prep Cooks for daytime hours, Monday – Friday with a pay rate up to $20/hour along with Cooper’s Hawk benefits, insurance, and other perks! We offer exciting and rewarding opportunities for top performers who are committed to operational excellence, innovation and building a team culture based on daily successes. We are looking for individuals who can cross-train and work multiple stations in a fast-paced, independent manner. 

What You’ll Get

  • Incredible Discounts:
    • 50% Dining and Carryout
    • 40% Retail Wine
    • 20% Retail and Private Events
    • Monthly Complimentary Wine Tasting for Two 
  • Medical, Prescription, Dental, Vision Insurance plus Telemedicine and Wellness Program
  • Company Matching 401(k) Retirement Savings Plan
  • Flexible Savings Accounts- Health and Dependent Care 
  • Highly Competitive Pay plus Team Member Incentives & Rewards  
  • Pay Access before Pay Day 
  • Flexible Schedules 
  • Paid Time Off 
  • Complimentary Team Member Shift Meals and Uniform 
  • Wine and Culinary Education 
  • Career Growth Flight Plan
  • Milestones Recognition Program 

What You’ll Do 

  • Understand, execute and teach all aspects of Café food production and procedures in a structured, system-driven kitchen environment, throughout the following stations:
    • Food and beverage catering services throughout building
    • Made-to-order breakfast, served daily
    • Taqueria, deli, pizza, grill and salad bar, operational during lunch hours
    • Grab-and-go items – prep, cook, package and stock a large variety, daily
    • Stock a large selection of retail food and beverage items, including Cooper’s Hawk wine
  • Monitor food levels, quality and cleanliness of all stations during lunch period
  • Follow recipes and prepare food items for breakfast and lunch service stations
  • Be proficient in all café operations including breakfast, taqueria, sandwich, grill, pizza and salad bar stations
  • Assistant manager sin developing a team of food safety champions through team collaboration to ensure all food safety/HACCP systems and standards are strictly adhered to and executed daily
  • Safely and efficiently use sharp knife in a fast-paced kitchen environment
  • Adhere to and maintain standing “zoning” procedures
  • Assistant putting daily deliveries away accurately, rotate stock in cooler, freezer and dry storage area using the First In-First Out method while monitoring shelf life and code dates
  • Wash, rinse and sanitize items used in kitchen for prep, cooking and storage
  • Keeps dish area orderly and in compliance with safety standards
  • Sweep and mop kitchen floors to ensure compliance with safety and sanitation standards
  • Bus tables, check garbage, and maintain cleanliness of the dining room area during lunch service

 What You’ll Need 

  • Must represent Cooper’s Hawk Values 
  • Must be at least 18 years of age 
  • Illinois Food Handler Certification
  • Experience with industrial dishwashing machines and 3-compartment sinks preferred
  • Previous prep or line cook experience preferred  
  • An individual who thrives in a team-based environment 
  • Knowledge of safety, sanitation, and food handling procedures 
  • Ability to follow recipes and instructions 
  • Ability to communicate clearly with Guests, Managers and Team Members 
  • Must be able to read, write and understand English 
  • Ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment 
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 50 lbs. 
  • Ability to stand and walk up to 8 hours per shift 
  • Ability to exert fast-paced mobility for periods of up to 8 hours in length 
  • Ability to perform essential functions to Cooper’s Hawk standards with reasonable accommodation 


Cooper’s Hawk reviews several factors when establishing compensation. Salaries and hourly wages appearing in a job posting may be published by third parties and may not reflect the salaries or hourly wages offered by Cooper’s Hawk.   

Cooper’s Hawk is an equal opportunity employer.  All qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to the person’s race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.  

Cooper’s Hawk makes reasonable accommodations during all aspects of the employment process, including during the interview process. The information provided above indicates the general nature and level of work required of the position and is not a comprehensive list of all responsibilities or qualifications. The Benefits list is only a highlight of some of the benefits offered to team members; eligibility for certain benefits apply.   

About Us

Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurants was created with the inspiration of bringing the Napa Valley experience to all of America, by combining an elegant tasting room with a polished casual restaurant and scratch kitchen. Cooper's Hawk wines have won hundreds of awards and are the Official Wines of the Screen Actors Guild® Awards. We are built upon the belief that food and wine hold the power to forge a COMMUNITY, and with the world's largest wine club membership, we are paving the way to democratizing the good life!