Cook 1 - Events

Food & Beverage Toronto, Ontario


Requisition Id: 2024-17
Number of Positions: 2
Job Status: Occasional Part-Time
Hours & Days of Work: up to 24 hours per week on an as-needed basis
Minimum Rate: $21.41
Maximum Rate: $26.74
Target Start Date: 05/06/2024

Cook 1, Events  


Occasional Part-Time   

(Up to 24 hours per week on an as-needed basis; must be available to work weekdays, evenings and weekends; some early mornings, mostly evening and daytime shifts)  


Located in Toronto, the Art Gallery of Ontario (“the AGO”) is one of the largest art museums in North America, with a collection of close to 100,000 works. Through the collection as well as collaborations with leading museums around the world, the AGO presents wide-ranging exhibitions and programs to approximately 1 million visitors annually.

We are currently seeking a Occasional Part-Time Cook 1, Events to join our Food & Beverage team. Under the direction of the Senior Manager, Culinary Operations, F&B, the incumbent will organize the prep, food service, and close of large scale food production. Participates in all food preparation, set up, service and break down of Special Event Menus, with specific responsibility to proteins, sauces stocks and soups.

The rate of pay for this position is $21.41 - $26.74 per hour.  

Interested so far? Learn more about why the AGO would be a great fit below.

The Gallery continually strives to create a safe and inclusive workplace. We offer diversity and inclusion training to our staff and volunteers so they can continually learn and contribute to fostering a supportive environment where people feel comfortable to come to work as they are.

The mental health of our employees is also very important to us. We offer our employees programs that support wellness and enhance the job experience. If our employees need assistance, employee assistance program (EAP) services are available to them. The Gallery also takes part in the city and province’s reciprocal benefits program, allowing our employees access to city and province discounts.

What are the benefits and highlights of working at the AGO?  

  • Discount on Goodlife Fitness Annual Membership 

  • Discounts on admissions to Partner attractions, galleries, and museums 

  • Regular part-time and occasional part-time employees shall receive pay for public holidays 

  • Regular and Temporary Part Time employees are eligible for pay in lieu of benefits (7.5% of total earnings) 

  • Eligible for Pensionable earnings once you’ve worked with the gallery for two (2) consecutive years. 

  • Rest period (paid) and Meal break (unpaid) as per Collective Agreement on scheduled shifts 

  • The Gallery will provide restaurant employees with one (1) pair of black dress shoes every two (2) years 


Free Perks   

  • Lifeworks, log-in to view “Perks” – discounts and price breaks including travel, health care, personal purchases 

  • Lifeworks program – mental health support and direction, personal counselling options, toolkits and resources 

  • Dedicated Mental Health support program – provided by Not Myself Today – online access 


If this sounds like an opportunity you are looking for, apply now!

The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications, skills, and experience:

  • 4 or more years directly related experience at a high quality, volume, hospitality or retail operation. 

  • Well-developed communication skills, able to expedite, call line, in absence of chef/sous chef. 

  • Demonstrated experience organizing, prep, food service, and close of large scale food production 

  • Working knowledge of the practices and procedures of large scale event food service delivery 

  • Provincial Certificate of Qualification as Journeyman cook, or equivalent training or experience. 

  • Demonstrated knowledge of contemporary creative cuisine. 

  • Demonstrated knowledge of food handling and advanced cooking techniques. 

  • Demonstrated ability to handle all kitchen equipment, and demonstrate safe handling to others 

  • Demonstrated knowledge of food handling, safety and sanitation standards. 

  • Teamwork, time management, and organization skills. 

  • Demonstrated knowledge of hospitality practices and procedures. 

We invite individuals who reflect the diversity of our visitors to apply by submitting a tailored cover letter and CV. If you would prefer to submit your application in person, please leave it with our Shipping Dock addressed to the People Division which is located next to our Jackman Hall entrance on McCaul street. The hours are you able to drop off your application are 8:30AM until 4:00PM Monday-Friday.  

We thank all applicants but must advise that only those selected for interviews will be contacted. In accordance with the Ontario Human Rights, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act & the AGO’s Recruitment & Selection Policy for Staff, a request for accommodation will be considered throughout the hiring process.   

The Art Gallery of Ontario is an Equal Opportunity Employer.