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Job Description

Highgate Hotels

Highgate is a leading real estate investment and hospitality management company widely recognized as an innovator in the industry. Highgate is the dominant player in major U.S. gateway cities including New York, Boston, Miami, San Francisco and Honolulu, with a growing Caribbean and Latin America footprint. The hospitality forward company provides expert guidance through all stages of the property cycle, from planning and development through recapitalization or disposition. Highgate has a proven record of developing its diverse portfolio of bespoke lifestyle hotel brands, legacy brands, and independent hotels and resorts with contemporary programming and digital acumen. The company utilizes industry-leading revenue management tools that efficiently identify and predict evolving market dynamics to drive outperformance and maximize asset value. With an executive team consisting of some of the most experienced hotel management leaders, the company is a trusted partner for top ownership groups and major hotel brands. Highgate maintains corporate offices in New York, Chicago, Dallas, London, Miami, and Seattle. www.highgate.com.

Location

 

Edging the bright lights of Broadway and the calm of Bryant Park, The Knickerbocker is a legendary New York landmark reborn as the first luxury hotel in Times Square. Filled with fabled legends, The Knickerbocker once played host to legendary political bigwigs, actresses, oil tycoons and sports figures—and it’s rumored the martini was invented here in the hotel. While historic details like the hotel’s gorgeous Beaux-Arts facade remain unchanged, a soothing new luxury aesthetic is offered within. The stunning transformation of this treasured Manhattan monument invites discerning travelers to discover 300 luxe guestrooms and suites boasting incredible views and bespoke furnishings. An air of posh authenticity embraces New York City’s premier luxury lifestyle hotel.

Overview

The Cook is responsible for preparing all food items, based on standardized recipes, for the Restaurants, Room Service, Employee Cafeteria and Banquets, while maintaining the highest standards to produce an appealing and appetizing product. He/she is also responsible for ensuring the cleanliness, sanitation and safety in the kitchen and work areas while minimizing waste and maximizing cost/production ratio.

Responsibilities

  • Maintain cleanliness and organization of all storage areas.
  • Complete necessary food and station preparation prior to the opening of the restaurant in order to ensure that guests are served promptly and efficiently during the Restaurant and Room Service operating hours.
  • Prepare and display buffet food items according to the hotel standards.
  • Recognize quality standards in fresh vegetables, fish, and dairy and meat products.
  • Maintain clean and sanitary environment with knowledge of proper handling, storage, and sanitation.
  • Prepare food for Banquets, ad required, following specifications on Banquet Event Orders.
  • Prepare and service food for the Employee Cafeteria as specified by the Chef or Kitchen Supervisor.
  • Prepare all foods following hotel standard recipes. Preparation of specials will be under the direction of the Chef or Kitchen Supervisor.
  • Breakdown buffets and kitchen line, storing food and equipment properly at the end of each meal period.
  • Work banquet food station as scheduled by the Chef or Kitchen Supervisor.
  • Know the location and operation of all fire extinguishing equipment.
  • Practice safe work habits at all times to avoid possible injury to self or other employees.
  • Use Production Charts as specified by hotel’s standards.
  • Be able to support any position in the Kitchen that is in need of help.
  • Follow all Health Department and Company regulations in regards to food and storage standards and safety.
  • Be able to operate and maintain cleanliness of all kitchen equipment.
  • Maintain a “Clean As You Go” policy.
  • Assist in storage and rotation of food items according to hotel procedures.
  • Sign keys out and back in under supervision as needed.

Qualifications

  • High School diploma or equivalent and/or experience in a hotel or a related field preferred.
  • Culinary experience required.
  • Flexible and long hours sometimes required.
  • Medium work - Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or 20 pounds of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects.
  • Ability to stand during entire shift
  • Ability to withstand temperature variations both hot and cold.
  • Have thorough knowledge of menus and the preparation required, according to hotel standards.
  • Proficiency in the following cooking techniques: charbroiling, poaching, deep-frying, sauté, braising, roasting and par-cooking.
  • Knowledge of herbs and spices and proper use of each.

 

Company Overview

  • Website knickerbocker.cc
  • Headquarters TENAFLY, NJ
  • Size 25 - 50
  • Founded
  • Type Private
  • CEO JAMES CALVANO
  • Revenue $5M - $10M
  • Industry Hospitality & Leisure
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