Catering Cook – Food & Beverage

  • Pacific National Exhibition
  • Front-line
    • Part Time | 
    • Casual/On-call
  • 2901 East Hastings Street, Hastings Park Vancouver
  • 1 position available
  • Accessible Employer: Yes
  • Open to International applicants with valid Canadian Work permits: Yes
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Posted on September 21, 2023

Job Description

Part-Time; Event Based
Wage & Paygrade: $20.16/hour (PG 41) – $23.25/hour (PG 44) with Red Seal + 10% in lieu of benefits and vacation
Date Posted: August 8, 2023

Who we are…
The Pacific National Exhibition is an iconic institution in BC, famous for bringing generations of people together to celebrate and build memories. This 113-year-old, non-profit organization has an annual operating budget of over $70 million dollars and generates revenue through four activity streams: the 15 day annual summer Fair and winter Fair which average more than 700,000 people annually, Playland amusement park which welcomes 400,000 guests annually including Fright Nights, and a busy year-round portfolio of events including concerts, trade shows and film, cultural and community events. In total we bring over 2 million people through the site each year. The fourth activity stream is park care and facility maintenance. The PNE is proud of the work it does at Hastings Park and has a vibrant team that is passionate about events, guest experience and delivering memorable experiences.

At the PNE, we strive to create an environment that reflects our organization’s core values: Enthusiasm, Excellence and Evolution. With a focus on these core values, we are committed to achieving our mission which is to “Deliver Memorable Experiences” for all who interact with the PNE whether it is our guests, our employees or the community.

We are seeking two hard-working individuals that have experience in food preparation, quality assurance and food presentation. Our ideal candidates are goal-oriented and have previous cooking experience within a fast-paced organization. They will work alongside team members with a varying degree of experience and under the direction of our Kitchen Manager.

Why join our Team?
-Exhilarating and fun-loving culture
-Flexible work environment
-Opportunity for free or discounted tickets to shows, events, sports games, and much more
-Staff discounts for Playland, The Fair, and Fright Nights, as well as all PNE Food Stands
-Opportunity to create lasting memories and friendships!

Responsibilities & Qualifications

What will you do this year?

In your role as a Catering Cook, your primary accountabilities will be to:
-Cook and prepare food according to production guidelines and recipes for a variety of catered functions, as well as PNE concession stands
-Understand and demonstrate proper SOPs in cooking and kitchen equipment such as gas ranges, ovens, deep fat fryers, steam cookers, meat slicers, dishwashers and other related equipment
-Ensure food is stored in accurate temperatures for the appropriate length of time, following all food safety standards
-Ensure the highest quality of food is served in a timely and effective manner
-Slice, trim, and carve meats & poultry for cooking
-Cut, prepare, and serve items in correct and accurate portions
-Maintain a clean and sanitary workstation
-Control food waste, loss, and usage per standard operating procedures
-Maintain all walk-in coolers including labeling, dating, and rotating products
-Ensure PNE Uniform and Appearance Policy is adhered to at all times
-Perform other related duties as required

What else?
-Must have a minimum of 1 year of experience in the Food & Beverage industry, and successful completion of Grade 12
Post secondary education or completion in culinary courses is considered an asset
-A Red Seal certification is considered an asset and will yield a higher hourly wage
-Must have a FoodSafe Level 1 certification
-Previous experience supervising or assisting prep cooks is considered an asset
-Excellent communication & interpersonal skills to establish effective working relationships with staff, guests and clients
-A strong understanding and knowledge of methods, materials and tools used in large scale cooking as well as short order cooking
-Ability to follow recipes and safely operate all kitchen equipment
-Ability to prepare and present food in a clean and appetizing manner
-Must be available to work a variety of shifts and hours on a part-time basis, including early mornings, weekends and evenings
-Successful candidates must undergo a Criminal Record Check.

Who are you?
-Strong communicator
-Takes initiative
-Team player
-Enjoys a fun and diverse environment within hospitality industry


$20.16/hour (PG 41) - $23.25/hour (PG 44) with Red Seal + 10% in lieu of benefits and vacation

Job Application Process

Where and when to APPLY? Applications can be submitted via the PNE website at and will be accepted until the role is filled. We look forward to hearing from you! The PNE is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, committed to creating an inclusive workforce that reflects the diverse community we proudly serve. All applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, colour, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, or age. If you require any support or accommodations throughout any stage of the recruitment process, please contact the People & Culture Department at

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