May 1, 2024

Job Description

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Come Join our Dennys Team!
Whether you are a seasoned Cook or just beginning! Let us help advance your Career.
A Dennys Cook follows set recipes and brand standards all while maintaining a clean and sanitary work environment.
Flexible Schedule
Meal Discount
Employee Benefits
On the job training
Career advancement

Position requirement:
Must be 18 years of age or older
Must have reliable transportation


Reporting to the General Manager and Restaurant Manager, the Cook prepares and presents food to order following company menu and food specifications and timing standards. Adheres to all federal, state, and local safe food handling regulations. Exhibits Dennys Guiding Principles when interacting with others.

Key Business Areas
A Key Business Area is an area of performance in which the Cook must be successful to meet their accountabilities. Successful results in Dennys Key Business Areas are supported by the following behaviors or actions:

1. Consistently exhibits Dennys Vision, Mission, and Guiding Principles
2. Prepares, cooks and presents food to order following established company brand standards guidelines and recipe specifications
3. Follows correct prepping procedures, utilizing prep charts; properly stores and rotates perishable stock
4. Maintains proper food temperatures in accordance with Dennys Brand Standards, federal, state, and local regulations
5. Prepares special orders as requested
6. Maintains stock to shift par levels
7. Correctly calls the wheel when necessary
8. Organizes and maintains work areas, coolers, and storage areas
9. Assists as needed with product inventory and deliveries
10. Cleans and takes proper care of ranges, ovens, broilers, fryers, griddles, utensils, and other equipment
11. Adheres to all safe food handling principles
12. Completes side work and deep cleaning assignments correctly and in a timely manner
13. Possesses strong product and menu knowledge
14. Monitors waste and other food cost controls
15. Addresses complaints and concerns promptly in a courteous manner and notifies the supervisor of any issues
16. Assists service assistants periodically
17. Willingly assists others without being asked
18. Adheres to Dennys Brand Standards and internal policies and procedures
19. Provides prompt and courteous service and is cordial to all team members and guests

Essential Functions
Must be able to lift and carry supplies and equipment up to 50 lbs throughout shift; place items on high and low shelves in store rooms, service areas, walk-in coolers, and freezers
Must be able to bend, stoop, reach, wipe, lift, and grasp
Must have sufficient mobility to move and operate in confined work area
Must work inside and outside the restaurant
Must be able to work with all Dennys menu products
Must be able to read tickets, recipes and product specifications, and observe wares for cleanliness
Must be able to stand and walk throughout a 4 to 8 hour shift
Must be able to hear well in a loud environment to respond to employee and guest needs
Must meet any state, county, or municipal regulation pertaining to health risk concerns about food handling
Must be able to work with potentially hazardous chemicals
Must be able to tolerate extreme temperature changes in kitchen and freezer areas
Must be 18 years old or older
Must be able to observe and ensure product is prepared and presented to company Brand Standards
Must have basic math skills, including understanding of units of measure
Must meet any state, county or municipal regulation pertaining to health risk concerns about food handling
Meets Dennys uniform and grooming standards and maintains them throughout the shift
Must be able to pass all required tests and training requirements for the position
Must be able to work a flexible schedule, including holidays, nights, and weekends
Must possess excellent guest service skills
Must be dependable and able to learn basic tasks and follow instructions
Must possess reasonable ability to communicate in English both orally and in writing
Must be able to work in a team environment
Places a value on diversity and shows respect for others

Dennys Guiding Principles
1. Guests First
Theyre more than just customers or consumers. They are our guests and we invite them into our homes with open arms. They are the very reason why we are in business and the center of everything we do.
2. Embrace Openness
Open means so much more than just being open for business 24/7. It means being open to all people, appetites and budgets. It says we are open-minded and open to new ideas. Honest, warm and inviting. Open is the way we think and act every hour of every day.
3. Proud of Our Heritage
We are the classic American diner and proud of everything that means. Since 1953, we have served quality food and healthy portions at a fair price. No matter where we are, our light is always on inviting guests around the world to a place where everyone is welcome.
4. Hungry to Win
At Dennys, we are constantly looking ahead. We are always moving, striving for more, hungry for greatness. We are open to fresh, innovative thinking. We believe we will succeed through teamwork, accountability and pushing the boundaries of ourselves and our Brand.
5. The Power of We
Our Dennys family is our most important asset. We trust, support and respect each other and work together for the greater good. We recognize the contributions of all and empower each and every one of us to achieve great things. Together, we will celebrate our successes and have fun doing it.

This job description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employees assigned to this position. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities or tasks which may be required to be performed in this position.

Denny’s may amend, change, or modify the responsibilities and duties of this position to meet business needs as necessary.

? This job description does not constitute a contract for employment and may be changed at the discretion of Denny’s with or without notice.