Prep Cook

Gateway Arch and Riverboat Cruises St Louis, Missouri


Prep Cook, Riverboats at the Gateway Arch ($15.79/hr + $500 Hiring Incentive)



Prep Cooks are responsible for assisting kitchen staff by setting up workstations and ingredients, properly preparing food, maintaining sanitation guidelines, dishwashing, and completing daily tasks in order to provide meals for guests of the Riverboats at the Gateway Arch and Paddlewheel Café. 

Essential Outcomes

  • Set up workstations and ingredients so that food can be prepared according to recipes.
  • Label and stock food items and other necessary supplies in the Riverboat Galley.
  • Prepare food items by washing, cutting, chopping, butchering, mixing, and preparing sauces.
  • Measure ingredients and seasonings to be used in cooking.
  • Undertake basic cooking duties, such as reducing sauces and parboiling food.
  • Prepare simple dishes, such as salads and entrees.
  • Comply with food sanitation requirements by properly handling food and ensuring correct storage.
  • Maintain a clean work station area, including kitchen equipment, tables, and shelves.
  • Clean and sanitize cooking surfaces at the end of the shift.
  • Perform inventory checks and complete food storage logs.
  • Maintain a clean and orderly kitchen by washing dishes, sanitizing surfaces, and taking out trash.
  • Ride the boats and ensure all dishes are clean by end of shift on boat.
  • Carry plate-ups from galley to boat, set up buffet, and change out pans on buffet throughout cruise.
  • Maintain adherence to all applicable FDA and St. Louis Health Department regulations.
  • Maintain a positive and professional approach with coworkers and guests.
  • Perform additional tasks as assigned by the Food Services Manager or Kitchen Supervisor.


  • Must be at least 16 years of age or older.
  • Must pass alcohol and drug screening.
  • Must pass basic background check.
  • If not ServSafe Food Handler Certified, will need to obtain certification on the job.
  • Willing to work on a moving vessel in water and outdoors (hot and cold environments).

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Strong multitasking and organizational skills
  • Excellent written, verbal, and interpersonal communication skills for interacting effectively with guests and coworkers.
  • Must be able to work cooperatively and efficiently in a team.
  • Knowledge of basic cooking techniques.
  • Knowledge of food service health and safety best practices.
  • Familiar with general kitchen equipment and appliances.
  • Able to carry/lift up to 50 lbs when needed.
  • Able to work in a standing position for extended periods of time (up to 8 hours).
  • Ability to continuously walk up and down stairs, bend, stoop, and work in tight spaces.

$500 Hiring Incentive

  • 1st payment - $150 following successful completion of 30 days of employment
  • 2nd payment - $150 following successful completion of 90 days of employment
  • 3rd payment - $200 following successful completion of 150 days of employment

*Employees must work at least 15.5 hours per week to be eligible


  • All employees receive a FREE Metro Transit pass. Good for unlimited rides on MetroLink and MetroBus.
  • Free Parking on Riverfront Levee
  • Discount at Arch Café
  • Discount at Paddlewheel Café
  • Discount at Arch Store
  • 2 Free St. Louis Riverfront Cruise tickets




High School Diploma or G.E.D. preferred. Certificate preferred.


One (1) year experience as a prep cook or similar capacity preferred.


Food Service Contamination, Culinary Degree.


Food and Beverage Department of hotel, banquet facility, restaurant or other related venue.


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