Prep Cook

  • Silver Diner Development, LLC
  • Fairfax, Virginia
  • Sep 10, 2023
Full time

Job Description

If you have a passion for hospitality, connecting with people, and serving great food on the cutting edge of hot trends, Silver Diner is the place for you!

At Silver Diner, we believe in a culture where we put our people first and empower them to thrive both professionally and personally.

Our dedication to nurturing our growth through the growth of our people leads the industry for internal promotions, with more than 60% of our managers and ALL of our General Manager and Area Directors having been promoted from within. We offer more than a job for today. We offer a career path for the future!


  • OUR PEOPLE - Our people are our most precious resource. Our success as a company is totally dependent on our people's success as professionals and individuals.
  • OUR PRODUCT - We believe in executing our product 100% right and never serving any product to our customers, which doesn't meet these high standards.
  • OUR GUESTS - The answer is yes. Now what is the Question?' We strive never to say no to any guest's request. We are passionate in our mission to deliver beyond what is expected.
  • OUR GROWTH - We believe that growth and profits are an outgrowth of excellence in executing our mission. We will not grow at the sacrifice of our mission of executing excellence.

We are looking for contagiously friendly, warm, and energetic people to be the heart of our kitchens.

Our prep cooks prepare our food using scratch ingredients from our local farm partners. They set up our line cooks for success during the meal periods,

This position is a fit for anyone looking to grow a career in the culinary arts. You will learn about flavor profiles, food trends from around the world, every station in the kitchen and the opportunity for growth and promotion through our hat development program.

  • Career development ladder with opportunities to learn new skills in the kitchen and promotions.
  • Weekends and holiday availability is required for this position.

We offer:

  • Benefits: Medical, dental, and vision insurance. 401K plan. Employee Assistance Program.
  • Perks: Meal Discounts. Gym membership discounts, work shoe discounts and more!
  • Opportunity for Growth: We offer the opportunity for growth, including becoming a trainer, supervisor, and manager. Over 60% of our managers and 100% of our GMs were promoted from within.

Be a part of one of the busiest restaurants in America and grow with one of the hottest concept category leaders today!

About Silver Diner Development LLC:

  • One of Washington Post's 'Most Diverse Places to Work'
  • One of Full Service Restaurant Magazine's '20 Full Service Restaurants to Watch'.
  • Winner of the 2020 TDn2K Best Practices Award for the Family Dining Category!

Silver Diner is a leader in the casual dining segment.

Our award winning Fresh & Local Menu with surprising flexitarian & healthy options bridges the gap between tablecloth restaurants and ho-hum fast food. We make our cuisine with the highest quality ingredients from our direct partnerships with over 15 local farms that focus on organic and sustainable farming.

We're looking for contagiously friendly and CARING people who truly love hospitality to be a part of our family. We believe in a warm, friendly atmosphere with a deep familiarity for our guests. It's a fast-paced and fun environment where everyone is enabled to achieve their personal best.

We firmly believe: People Are Our Most Precious Resource.

Job Description

The following position description is not all-inclusive and is subject to change.


The primary function of the Prep Cook is to ensure Silver Diner menu items are prepped according to Silver Diner specifications and standards.


  • Work as part of a team, communicating clearly and constructively
  • Set up and maintain a clean, organized station, clean as you go
  • Count all prepped items checking for quality and proper rotation
  • Measure and assemble all ingredients and cook items according to specs
  • Prep assigned items following specs and according to prep list
  • Label, date, rotate and store all prepped items properly using FIFO (first in, first out)
  • Return bulk items to walk-cooler as you are prepping to keep food out of danger zone
  • Proper knowledge of operating each piece of equipment
  • Understand and adhere to all safety, sanitation, health and personal hygiene standards
  • Report necessary equipment repair and maintenance to KM


  • Be on time for work
  • Maintain a positive, fun-oriented attitude to your work
  • Keep yourself, your uniform and your work areas sparkling clean at all times
  • Strictly follow all uniform standards


  • Handle kitchen equipment carefully to avoid breakage
  • Track any waste

Other Duties and Tasks:

  • Perform any additional duties or tasks as reasonably assigned by managers.


  • Timely completion of prep list
  • Adherence to recipes


Silver Diner values education from on-the-job learning demonstrated through consistent career growth as well as formal education.


Prior is preferred but not required for this position.


  • Exceptional aptitude for Guest Service
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Contagiously friendly, outgoing and energetic
  • Organized
  • Sense of urgency
  • Able to multi-task
  • Able to think and act quickly while maintaining self-composure
  • Able to meet all schedule requirements


The work area includes: food, refrigeration, knives, toasters, syrup dispensers, plates/bowls, slippery floors, and, at times, high temperatures. It is a physically intense environment requiring stamina and the ability to tolerate heat, walk-in coolers, lift/maneuver boxes weighing up to 50 pounds, and stand/walk on hard surfaces for 10-12 hours per day. Able to continuously reach, bend, lift, carry, stoop, and wipe. Able to tolerate sanitizing chemicals.

Keyword: Prep Cook
Required Experience:

Must have weekend and holiday availability.

Must be able to lift at least 50 pounds.

Must be 18 or older.

From: Silver Diner Development, LLC