Prep Cook

Los Angeles, CA
Full Time
Entry Level

This role is foundational to the success of the fast-paced Café environment. Highly skilled, organized, and detail-oriented, the prep cooks are responsible for preparing ingredients for our busy breakfast, lunch and dinner services. They also prepare and package all grab & go and grocery foods daily.

The Kitchen Team at LAG&C is responsible for the creation of our hyper-seasonal menu items that not only inspire, but also offer convenience, as they can be easily taken home or enjoyed in our café. Our team’s goal is to run our kitchen and store with as little waste as possible and each team member is an active participant working toward the mission of exploring food systems in Los Angeles and beyond.

You possess the ability to support our chefs in a fast-paced environment that serves 3 meals a day by maintaining consistent operational standards. A willingness to learn and teach others around you. Timely and professional at all times. An efficiency expert, you thrive in a team environment, take your responsibilities seriously, have the ability to multitask, and think quickly on your feet. Passionate about seasonal produce, you love food and you’re eager to learn more about our mission.

**This job description is not meant to be an all-inclusive list of duties, responsibilities and requirements, but constitutes a general definition of the position's scope and function within our company. LAG&C reserves the right to amend and change duties, responsibilities, and requirements to meet changing industry or business needs as necessary.

  • Complete opening/closing procedures.
  • Follow team daily prep lists created by kitchen managers.
  • Prepare and organize workstations. 
  • Ensure all tools are in working order and stored properly after use.
  • Prepare raw ingredients according to recipes.
  • Prepare or cook parts of or whole dishes according to recipes and in cooperation with the entire kitchen team.
  • Portion food products according to standard portion sizes and recipes.
  • Label and store all prepared ingredients necessary for the day.
  • Ensure all “use first” food items are stored and organized so that they are easily identified.
  • Prepare with precision, package beautifully, and correctly label all grocery and grab & go items.
  • Ensure displays are full and product is rotated appropriately. 
  • Anticipate team needs by constantly evaluating the environment.
  • Comply with health and sanitation guidelines. 
  • Ensure daily production plan is complete.
  • Complete end of shift inventory, as needed.


  • 1+ years of professional cooking/kitchen experience.
  • Working in a high volume establishment is a plus.
  • Proficient to expert level knife skills.
  • Understanding of all cooking methods.
  • Ability to produce foods consistently (i.e. taste, appearance, etc.)
  • Ability to multi-task and are able to maintain a sense of urgency. 
  • Possess good time management skills.
  • Acute attention to detail when it comes to product quality, presentation and food safety.
  • Exemplifies workplace safety and health department standards.
  • Positive attitude that adjusts to improvement protocols easily.
  • Ability to lift and carry 50 lbs.
  • Possess full body mobility (bending, stooping, twisting, and reaching).
  • Flexibility to work mornings, evenings, weekends, holidays, as needed.


  • Full-Time: 5 days a week / 8 hours a day
  • $19 - $22/hr w/ tips


Competitive pay rates, a generous store discount, healthcare options, accrued paid sick time, professional development and growth opportunities.


  • Apply: After receiving your application, we’ll take a short time to review our compatibility.  We will let you know either way what the outcome will be as soon as possible.
  • Interview: This is your chance to get to know us and our chance to get to know you. We’ll have an introductory conversation to discuss the role and your background. Next, we’ll explore the role more specifically, likely with a few key team members. We encourage any questions you have about the job, the team, our values, or related topics at any point in the application process. We’d love to hear about the grocery store of your childhood or hometown!
  • Decision: You will be contacted as soon as possible with the outcome. 
  • We’re committed to a fair and inclusive hiring process.  If additional accommodations are required, please let us know.


LAG&C is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We value a diverse workplace and do not discriminate based on race, national origin, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, disability, or any other applicable characteristic protected by law. We invite everyone who meets the criteria for the job to apply. We will consider for employment all qualified Applicants, including those with criminal histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local laws, including the City of Los Angeles’ Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance. Duties and responsibilities may be added, deleted, or changed at any time at the discretion of management, formally or informally, either verbally or in writing. If your experience looks a little different from what we’ve identified and you think you can thrive in this role, we’d love to learn more about you.


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