First Cook – Hamilton Convention Centre in Hamilton, Ontario

Carmen's Group

The Hamilton Convention Centre by Carmens is one of Canada’s first full service, privatized convention and event facilities located in the heart of downtown Hamilton.  It is the largest event venue in the City of Hamilton capable of producing exceptional events. The Hamilton Convention Centre is part of Carmens Group; an entertainment and hospitality company committed to creating extraordinary experiences to our clients and guests.

If you have the desire to work as a First Cook, in a venue which produces the largest events in the City of Hamilton and are looking to join a team of champions we want to meet you.

Job Types: part-time, permanent, flexible scheduling

Wages: $27+ per hour


  • Great Place to Work Certified – 2022, 2023

  • Most Trusted Executive Teams – 2023

  • Best Places to Work in Hospitality & Retail – 2023

  • Best Places to Work in Canada – 2024

  • Best Workplaces for Women – 2024


  • Work in team oriented environment with a group of  culinary professionals

  • Work closely with the Executive Chef in all aspects of culinary procedures including food preparation, recipe creation, tracking and maintaining inventory, and team management

  • Exercise their knowledge of cooking, food handling and culinary standards 

  • Oversee and assign tasks to Kitchen crew

  • Ensure food quality by maintaining high levels of cleanliness, organization, storage and sanitation

  • Exercise good judgment and demonstrate strong leadership abilities

  • Ensure orders are prepared in an accurate and timely manner in accordance with Carmens Group standards, focusing on minimizing waste and overall presentation

  • Assure the proper care and maintenance of all food service equipment

  • Perform opening and closing duties as needed

  • Maintain clean and safe work areas, utensils, and kitchen equipment as needed

  • Make a difference in the lives of each and every one of our guests by directly contributing to their extraordinary experiences

  • Drive positive change in the organization

  • Other duties as assigned


  • Extensive knowledge of cooking, baking, food handling, and sanitation standards

  • Extensive knowledge of sauces, soups, frying, roasting, poaching, dessert making, etc.

  • Well-developed knife skills and different food preparation technique

  • Ability to assign tasks and supervise Kitchen Staff

  • Strong ability to follow, adjust, and create recipes 

  • Required to work well with senior cooks/Executive Chef

  • Exceptional problem-solving abilities

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Ability to work well under pressure in a fast-paced environment

  • Safe Food Handlers Certificate a requirement 

  • Culinary trade papers or Red Seal considered an asset

  • Driver’s license an asset for off-site catering

  • Flexible availability including evenings and weekends 


  • Great Place to Work Certified 

  • Positive and safe workspace with high emphasis on inclusivity   

  • Competitive wage package 

  • Pay on demand

  • Flexible work schedule

  • Worldwide hotel discounts

  • Restaurant discounts

  • Group benefits

  • Group RRSP 

  • Opportunity to learn and apprentice under a Red Seal Journeyman cook

  • Staff recognition

  • Wellbeing programs

  • Participation in staff events

  • Opportunities for growth and a chance to play a role in our vision to continue being innovators and industry champions within the Hamilton hospitality community

    Carmens Group is an entertainment and hospitality company committed to creating extraordinary memories for our guests and clients. Driven by our passion, creativity, innovative thinking, and world class service, we have remained industry champions for over 40 years. We are committed to enriching the lives of our guests through providing one-of-a-kind experiences at each of our venues including Carmens Banquet Centre, The C Hotel by Carmens, The Lakeview by Carmens, The Hamilton Convention Centre by Carmens, fig&lemon, Mama Yolanda’s, and The Arlington Hotel & River’s Edge. We are devoted to bringing excitement to Hamilton and Southern Ontario, and to enhancing the image of Hamilton with every strategic initiative we pursue.

    Carmens Group makes certain there is an equal employment opportunity for all employees and applicants for employment. Carmens Group will strive to provide accommodation to persons with disabilities in the recruitment process upon request. If you are selected for an interview and you require accommodation due to a disability during the recruitment process, please notify People & Culture upon scheduling your interview.


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