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Prep Cook

Smithfield, VA | Part Time

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Your Opportunity

From the moment you enter our doors, we have one goal in mind - HOSPITALITY!  Our staff is here to make your experience the absolute best it can be.  Come relax with us and enjoy some of our many menu items including half-pound 100% Certified Angus beef burgers, signature sandwiches, fresh salads with seasonal greens from local growers, homemade soups, delicious sides and homemade desserts. You can complement your meal with a pint of one of our ten craft beers on draft from some of Virginia's best micro-brewers, a glass of wine from our meticulously chosen wine list, or one of our signature craft cocktails.  


We believe in providing both an authentic meal and an authentic atmosphere for every customer who walks through our doors. We promise to create every dish with care, focus and a touch of Southern comfort and as one of our skilled cooks you play a critical role in seeing that we achieve this promise. 

The job duties for Line Cook include accurately and efficiently preparing, seasoning and cooking all menu items on the sandwich, fry, grill, and saute’ stations depending on which station the line cook is scheduled.  All meals will be made in accordance with standard portion sizes, cooking methods, quality standards and kitchen rules, recipes, policies and procedures.  The position also performs other duties in the areas of food and final plate preparation including plating and garnishing of cooked items and preparing appropriate garnishes for menu item plates.


This is not a general laborer position in the Plant.  Position is located in Smithfield, Virginia; no relocation offered.

Core Responsibilities

  • Prepares food in accordance with food safety preparation guidelines to include cooking temperatures and times and presents food in accordance to Assistant Manager-Kitchen’s guidelines.
  • Follows recipes and/or product directions for preparing, seasoning, cooking, tasting, carving & serving food items to include entire menu. 
  • Inspects kitchen prior to beginning a prepping and assembly task to ensure food safety guidelines are being met. Inspects all food items before use for any sign of cross contamination or spoilage.
  • Handles, stores, labels, & rotates all products properly & in accordance to applicable state and local laws.
  • Keeps kitchen and station clean and free of health code violations. Cleans kitchen on daily schedule outlined by Assistant Manager/Sous Chef.
  • FIFO (First In First Out) foods to ensure top quality food execution.
  • Assist in dish-washing and maintain a clean dish pit when dishwasher hasn’t arrived.
  • Occasionally will be asked to put away food order from Performance Food Group after being checked in.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. May perform other duties as assigned.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions.

  • Some training from a culinary school, will be an asset.
  • Strong time management skills.
  • Strong work ethic and commitment to uncompromising quality.
  • Customer serviced focused, team player with a willingness to listen and take direction from Assistant Manager/Sous Chef. 
  • Must be able to work a flexible schedule, including weekend and evening, and holiday shifts.
  • Ability to work shifts with long periods of walking and standing.
  • Must have Food Handler's Card or be willing to obtain one.

Work Environment & Physical Demands

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Frequently works in hot environment
  • Must wear approved uniform, clean non-slip shoes & socks, hairnet or hat.
  • Ability to lift and/or move up to 40 lbs.
  • Ability to bend, twist & stand for long periods of time;
  • Frequently works with sharp knives, utensils, & hot plates.

Careers and Benefits

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More than 63,000 employees globally drive our success. We strive to create a fair, ethical and rewarding work environment.





Working at Smithfield isn't just a job – it's the foundation for a lifelong career with training designed to help you advance professionally.





Our people matter. That's why we offer excellent, comprehensive benefits packages to our full-time employees.





Sustainability is ingrained in our culture and guides how we operate. We believe in innovating for the future.




About Smithfield Foods

Headquartered in Smithfield, Va. since 1936, Smithfield Foods, Inc. is an American food company with agricultural roots and a global reach. With more than 60,000 jobs globally, we are dedicated to producing "Good food. Responsibly®" and serve as one of the world's leading vertically integrated protein companies. We have pioneered sustainability standards for more than two decades, including our industry-leading commitments to become carbon negative in our U.S. company-owned operations and reduce GHG emissions 30 percent across our entire U.S. value chain by 2030. We believe in the power of protein to end food insecurity and have donated hundreds of millions of food servings to our communities. Smithfield boasts a portfolio of high-quality iconic brands, such as Smithfield®, Eckrich® and Nathan's Famous®, among many others. For more information, visit, and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.

EEO/AA Information

Smithfield is an equal opportunity employer committed to workplace diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, gender identity, protected veterans status, status as a disabled individual or any other protected group status or non-job characteristic as directed by law.

Company Overview

  • Website
  • Headquarters SIOUX CITY, IA
  • Size 3,000 - 7,500
  • Founded 2019
  • Type
  • Revenue <$5M
  • Industry Retail & Wholesale
  • About smithfield foods

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