Prep Cook, Riverboats at the Gateway Arch

Gateway Arch and Riverboat Cruises St Louis, Missouri


Prep Cook, Riverboats at the Gateway Arch ($15.50/hr + $500 Hiring Incentive)



Prep Cooks are responsible for assisting kitchen staff by setting up workstations and ingredients, properly preparing food, maintaining sanitation guidelines, 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 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 Executive Chef or Kitchen Supervisor.

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.
  • If not ServSafe Food Handler Certified, will need to obtain certification on the job.


  • New employees are eligible for a $500 hiring incentive (must be on time for all shifts and maintain 15.5 hours per week)
    • 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
  • All employees receive a FREE Metro Transit pass. Good for unlimited rides on MetroLink and MetroBus.
  • Parking Discount at local garage. 
  • Discount at Arch Café.
  • Discount at Paddlewheel Café.
  • Discount at JNPA Stores. 
  • 2 St. Louis Riverfront Cruise tickets. 
  • BOGO Discount for Skyline Dinner Cruise




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


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


Food Service Contamination, Culinary Degree.


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


Bi-State Development is an equal opportunity/ access / affirmative action/ pro-disabled and veteran employer. Bi-State Development is committed to providing an Equal Employment Opportunity experience for all employees, applicants, vendors and customers with an environment free of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation.