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Property Name:
Vail Resorts
Job Title: 
Lead Cook, Game Creek Restaurant
Colorado-Mountain Communities
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Applicants who do not already have legal permission to work in the United States will not be considered.
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Corporate Overview

Vail Resorts Inc. is the premier mountain resort company in the world and a leader in luxury, destination-based travel at iconic locations.

Vail Resorts owns or manages 13 hotels located at its five premier mountain resorts of Vail, Beaver Creek, Breckenridge, Keystone, and Heavenly, including RockResorts branded hotels and about 1,500 managed condominiums and townhomes. The Company also operates RockResorts in Santa Fe, Jackson Hole, Jamaica, the Dominican Republic and St. Lucia.

Our mission is simple. Experience of a lifetime.

Job Description

Reach Your Peak at Vail Resorts. You're someone who pushes boundaries and challenges the status quo. You're brave, ambitious and passionate in everything you do. And we want you on our team. Pursue your fullest potential and never settle in the quest to deliver extraordinary guest service. Join one of the world's 50 most innovative companies as named by Fast Company, and re-imagine a mountain resort experience with us. Welcome to Vail Resorts. Reach Your Peak.




Nestled just below Eagle's Nest and just above the Game Creek chair lift, Game Creek Restaurant is a truly unique location, with a private, members-only lunch balanced with a gourmet dinner program.  Dining at Game Creek is an exceptional experience where guests overlook the beautiful Game Creek Bowl and either ski in for lunch or ride a snowcat for dinner. Game Creek Restaurant offers delectable, five-star, locally-sourced American cuisine, complimented by an award-winning wine list and superior service. This breathtaking European chalet-style restaurant is Vail Mountain’s signature fine dining location.


Team Leads must have a strong culinary background and be able to demonstrate extreme proficiency in several culinary roles. This supervisory fine dining line cook position requires an experienced cook with a positive work ethic and demonstrated leadership qualities, who is career oriented, creative, active, and able to assist peers to learn new skills and elevate their own talents. This individual has at least two years of previous culinary experience in a similar caliber restaurant, and has preferably been in a supervisory role. This individual will have supervisory duties in the chef's absence and will carry out the rules and quality standards set by the Executive Chef, Sous Chef and General Manager.


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Demonstrates culinary excellence in all stations on the line
  • Expedites food, solves problems as they arise, and approaches special requests with flexibility
  • Applies a variety of culinary techniques and practices
  • Maintains stock levels throughout day
  • Responsible for training employees and coaching them to success
  • Applies AAA and Forbes standards for quality product and execution
  • Responsible for the oversight of an entire shift possibly in the absence of the Executive Chef/Sous Chef
  • Expected to be a “hands-on” supervisor who leads their team by example and motivates the team
  • Is a role model and advocate for the company mission and core values
  • Ensures staffing levels, grooming standards and guest service levels are executed at a high level
  • Assigning team duties, breaks and adjusting as needed
  • Communicates with team members in regards to special events, changes in forecasts, etc.
  • Ensures all communication, standards, policies and expectations are communicated to their team and then executed flawlessly
  • Responsible for accuracy in daily inventories and requisitions
  • Ensures proper labor management and cost control
  • Ability to maintain the teams composure during peak operating periods
  • Has a defined plan to complete company leadership training
  • Communicates with commissary to ensure successful coordination of requisitioning, return to stocks, including variances, spoilage and excess inventories
  • Ensures recipes are constantly updated to reflect changes created by availability of product or direction from Supervisor
  • Continually maintains and updates daily and weekly reports in a timely manner
  • Has experience working with high end ingredients such as foie gras, lobster, elk, oysters, sweetbreads, sashimi
  • Understands and can prepare foods in highly advanced preparations such as cryovac, anti-griddle, en papilliote methods, molecular gastronomy, use of thermal regulators and/or sous vide, sushi grade knife cuts, knowledge of bread and intermediate pastry baking Ensures all coolers, freezers and walk-ins are maintained to the company’s, local health inspector’s food safety standards and HACCP standards, including daily logging of refrigerator and freezer temperatures.
  • Ability to work daytime or evening shifts.




  • Must be fluent in English. -required
  • High school diploma or equivalent. -required
  • Must be able to lift and carry 40+ lbs. -required
  • Must be able to stand for 8+ hours. -required
  • Must have proficient knife skills. -required
  • Experience in a wide variety of techniques. -required
  • Has 4-5+ years of experience working in a professional kitchen (minimum of 3 years prior experience working in fine dining) –required
  • Must be willing to provide own culinary tools. -required
  • Must be available to work weekends and holidays including: Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, December 26th through January 2nd, Presidents’ Day Weekend, and any other holidays as requested. -required
  • Previous supervisory experience. -required
  • ServeSafe or Food Handler’s certification (or be able to attain) - required




Be a part of the resort where it all started. Imagine belonging to a team that delivers the life of luxury to its guests while infusing the mountain lifestyle in every experience. Are you someone that never settles for second best? Take your mountain exploration to the next level and join a passionate group of people who thrive on extraordinary customer service. Come help us deliver unparalleled adventures in a place that is unrivaled and unflinching. Join the team at Vail – a place that’s Like Nothing on Earth.

Vail Resorts is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status or any other status protected by applicable law.

Requisition ID 129113

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