Employee Training Guide for a Prep Cook


Welcome to the Service Team of Riddles and Vittles. We hope the experience you encounter as you fulfil your duties as a Prep Cook will be very rewarding.

Prep Cook is a high profile job in the hospitality industry. It is through you that we at Riddles and Vittles extend the hospitality of this establishment to every guest. If you succeed in creating a pleasant atmosphere to which guests return, you are contributing to valuable service in the field of public relations.

Prep Cook offers many opportunities for personal development and growth. You meet people from all walks of life and from all over the world. You learn to cope with a broad range of people and situations. New friendships develop as you interact with co-workers and guests.

You have an opportunity to learn many aspects of food preparations, and the proper methods of presentation and serving.

Prep Cook is an interesting job, but it is not an easy job. With this in mind our manual has been prepared for your benefit. We ask that you study it (and any additional material we suggest) very carefully.

Being prepared for your job will make it much easier for you. The satisfaction of a job well done, and the resulting financial rewards are direct results of the effort you've put into your job.

In any job, reliability and punctuality are of prime importance.

  • All staff must come in on time. If you are sick or cannot make it to work for some other reason, or you are going to be late, call the hostess at 555-5555. All shifts must be filled for operations to run smoothly. If you are sick, the following are recommended guidelines for calling in sick.
  • If scheduled for morning shift, call the night before and speak to the hostess.
  • If scheduled for evening shift, call the morning of that shift and notify hostess.
  • make sure your uniform is clean and pressed;
  • have your clean, white, ironed Riddles & Vittles T - Shirt;
  • be sure your footwear (white running shoes - no logos ) is comfortable, clean, and in good condition;
  • have clean white socks;
  • have clean, well pressed red shorts;
  • make sure you are wearing a minimum of jewellery and make-up:
  • Be sure you are wearing your name tag. It is an important part of your uniform;
  • personal cleanliness is a must, as is a clean, neat hair style. Long hair must be attractively tied back.


A smooth running kitchen relies heavily upon an individual's ability to be well prepared for a busy
shift. This atmosphere is accomplished through a combination of efforts. The main areas can only
be listed. It takes the individual to put them together.

The result is a smooth functioning professional environment, providing a happier atmosphere to
work in, and ultimately, happier customers.

  • Be to work on time
  • Fully "prepared"; food and wares.
  • Inform waitress/waiter on any shortages.
  • Team work" - kitchen and dining room
  • Responsibility & professional sincerity (in job performance, positive attitude)
  • Maintain a clean working area.



1).   First Duty for morning prep. person must be laundry. Load washer with items from kitchen. For example, dish cloths, whites, aprons etc. and dry.

2).   Preparation for lunch:

    a) Fill steamers (2) with hot water and turn on.

    b) Heat clam and lobster chowders slowly and stir often. (* Heat on stove or grill, room providing), not in steamer.

    c) When chowders are hot load in steamer.

    d) Weigh and portion mussels 20/14 oz.

    e) Weigh and portion clams 20 oz.

    f) Shuck oysters (cover and put in refrigerator).

    f) Slice lemons and oranges using slicer.

    h) Prepare potato salad / Potatoes for chowder.

    i) Prepare coleslaw.

    j) Garden salad - clean lettuce - slice and dice vegetables.

    k) Caesar salad - clean romaine - make croutons - make dressing.


-    ALL PREPS are responsible to act as a runner for cooks.

-    SALAD PREP should be considered as a separate prep area for easy and fast preparation and to maintain freshness and appearance. e.g. Have all components of each salad in one area for more efficient service. this is your job at service time. (salad service).


1)  Cover and put away all foods not used for evening service.

2)  Inform cook or evening prep. of any uncompleted prep work.

3)  Make sure all pots and pans are in place for washers and not cluttering work areas.

4)  Clean work areas.

5)  Sweep floors.

6)  Notify the cook of items that are getting low - using the "we need" chart.



Prep's main concern is the evening menu. First concern should be to the items you are the
lowest on and together with importance. The prep list is in general order of importance, all
must be completed before evening service begins.

    1)   Acting as a runner for cooks.

    2)   Salad service.


1)   * Vegetable of the day. That also includes washing and portioning potatoes.

2)   Fish batter.

3)   Weight and portion scallops.

4)   Evening casseroles.

5)   Portioning haddock.

6)   Potato salad plates for Lobster dinner.

7)   Clean and saute spinach for oysters.

8)   Carrot and celery sticks for wings.

9)   Ensure prep list is completed for evening service.

10)  Always make sure everything has a date on it.


1)   Clean work area. e.g. shelves and counter top walls if necessary.

2)   * Clean and organize walk-in fridge. e.g. shelves and floor.

3)   Clean around ice machine.

4)   Clean and organize storeroom. e.g. shelves and floor.

* Afternoon prep will stop prepping when evening prep work is under control.

At this point, will begin clean up.


Job description for evening prep concerns itself with evening menu. During preparation of menu, prep person will act as runner for cook and salad service.


1)   Re-stock portioning for mussels 20/14oz and clams 20 oz.

2)   Check oyster supply. (Shucked and covered)

3)   Quarter lemons for lobster and fish garnish.

4)   Check prep on potato salad/and plates.

5)   Check prep on coleslaw.

6)   Check prep on salads and garnishes.

7)   Portion on plates rhubarb crisp and carrot cake.

8)   Note prep list for next shift.

9)   Check chowders for depletion (* very important).

10)  Mushrooms washed and quartered.


1)   Cover and return all foods to fridge; cover food in fridge and date.

2)   Chowders cooled before covered and stored in fridge.

3)   Counters and shelves scrubbed clean.

4)   Baking area cleaned and extra buns to be bagged and tied.

5)   Kitchen floor to be swept.

6)   Garbage taken to dumpster.


The following is a list of our restaurant policies. It is your responsibility to know, understand, and follow each policy at all times.

1. Uniforms must be clean and ironed and worn at all times. The uniform for waitresses:

  • Clean white running shoes, (no logos)
  • Clean white socks
  • Red shorts
  • Clean, white, ironed F&V t-shirts with crisp logo
  • Name tag

2. Personal Hygiene:

  • bath or shower daily
  • good dental hygiene
  • clean hands and nails ( Nails short and clear nail polish )

3. Long hair must be worn off the shoulders and tied back away from the face so as not to interfere with food service.

4. Gentlemen must be clean shaven and hair kept neat and clean.

5. Employees must punch in only when they are scheduled to begin work unless asked to do otherwise. You will be paid for scheduled time only.

6. Staff meals - one per shift, as shown on a staff menu, are available at a reduced price. These must be eaten in the kitchen BEFORE punching in. There must be no eating during your shift either in the kitchen or dining-room. Staff meals are only for those people who are on shift and working. Details will be posted in the kitchen. To avoid embarrassment to yourself and management PLEASE honor this policy.

7. The telephone at the restaurant is a business phone. It must not be used for social reasons. We will not page staff to leave work to come to the phone. Please inform friends of this.

8. A regular size pop is 25 cents for staff while on shift only. All food and pop must be paid for when you get it. All staff food must be entered in the STAFF MEALS book for inventory purposes.

9. If you are not working you should not be at the restaurant. If you are waiting for other staff members please do so outside. No loitering in the waitresses station or outside the door.

10. Your pay cheques will be deposited in your bank account every second Friday. Your pay period runs from Sunday to Saturday inclusive.

11. Please do not ask to have cheques cashed at the restaurant. The only cheques we accept are Travellers Cheques. No personal or government cheques of any kind are to be cashed.

12. Anyone caught stealing will be dismissed immediately. This includes all food items.

13. When answering the phone, it should be answered pleasantly in the following way: " Good morning/afternoon/evening, Riddles and Vittles. _______speaking."

14. Employees are entitled to breaks. Breaks are issued by the supervisor, according to shift worked and in a fair manner. One hour non-paid break is to be taken for every 5 hour work period.

15. When you are scheduled for a shift, it is your responsibility to be there on time. If you are unable to come to work please phone as early as possible so - a replacement can be called in.

  • If you are sick, the following are recommended guidelines for calling in sick.
  • If scheduled for morning shift, call the night before and speak to hostess.
  • If scheduled for evening shift, call the morning of that shift and notify the hostess.

Please do not call just before you are expected to begin your shift saying you cannot work. This is very unfair to your co-workers and places impossible demands on them.

16. Please know your work schedule. All schedule changes must first be approved by the hostess. Requested days off must be written in calender journal. Requested days off are not automatically granted; however, every attempt will be made to fulfill your request. Schedules provide an approximate number # of hours working that shift. Supervisor can request you stay longer or leave early if not busy. Schedules are posted weekly on Fridays. The staff does not have time to go checking schedules. You alone are responsible for knowing your shift time, and we insist that you refrain from calling the restaurant. This will minimize incoming calls and staff interruptions.

Smiling is part of our restaurant policy. Remember, friendly service is always essential. A relaxed, friendly atmosphere is a critical part of dining out. Our primary product is a social experience in which food plays only a part. We are in the business of creating happiness. Happiness among our staff members is quickly noticed by our guests. A disgruntled, "couldn't care less" attitude is noticed just as quickly. Let's all endeavor to do our utmost to cheerfully complete each responsibility we've done your best is a great satisfaction to you. It also earns immeasurable respect from your co-workers and management.


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