Welcome To El Gaucho - Applying For The Dishwasher- Benson Hotel Position

Wash and store dishes and kitchen utensils, and to help maintain kitchen and dishroom cleanliness in accordance with the restaurants' and health department standards, complying with all applicable sanitation, health, and personal hygiene standards. As needed, responsible for the preparation of batch recipes and production of bulk items while following the established food production programs, recipes, portions, and procedures. Responsible for appropriate use of restaurant supplies and equipment to minimize loss and waste. To provide the highest quality of service and product to guests in accordance with company policies and objectives, to strive towards guest satisfaction, positive employee relations, and profitability.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Know and demonstrate through your actions the Mackay Restaurants vision. Must be able to interact with guests and co-workers in a friendly manner.
  • Uphold our motto "We are ladies and gentlemen serving ladies and gentlemen."
  • Provide prompt and courteous service, adhering to Mackay Restaurants' service standards and policies, acting guest first. Perform the Steps of Service in every interaction with guests to strive towards guest satisfaction, retention, and loyalty.
  • Demonstrate our company values: Guest Focused, Professionalism, Passion, Integrity, Respect, Empowerment, and Action Oriented to Achieve Excellence.
  • Perform duties as outlined in the Dishwasher Training Workbook. Complete and pass annual certification.
  • Sets up and breaks down dish machine, including arms, screens, and baskets every hour or as needed throughout the shift. Cleans and polishes machine thoroughly including removing any paper and hosing down interior. Checks machine to be sure it is operating correctly and reports any defects immediately.
  • Washes and stores in proper places all dishes, trays, utensils, cups, and small equipment for the restaurant. Washes pots, pans, and trays by hand. Changes water in dish machine regularly. Checks water temperature during dishwashing operation to ensure proper temperature.
  • Cleans and keeps neat dish room area, including detergent storage area. Removes trash from dish room and places in dumpster. Cleans and sanitizes garbage cans and keeps clean liners in cans at all times. Clean and roll/unroll mats. Sweep and mop the floors.
  • Acts as substitute prep cook, when needed. Food prep activities completed in an efficient and thorough manner. Provides support to other kitchen staff, as required.
  • Prepare all menu items and batch recipes in accordance with the recipes, including shift meals for staff. Measure and assemble ingredients and cook items according to recipes and menu specifications. Selects and uses knives, hand tools, utensils and equipment to portion, cut, slice, dip, score, julienne, whip, beat, maintain holding temperature, chill, freeze or otherwise produce food in station.
  • Responsible for all food being made properly and according to the established standards and procedures. Monitors all food relative to appearance, temperature, sanitary, quality, and portion control to ensure they meet company standards. Rotating and storing food properly and safely, marking date and item. Using first in - first out concept for food storage.
  • Responsible for sanitary conditions, meeting or exceeding health department requirements. Follow safe food handling guidelines at all times. Maintain a current food handler's/health permit.
  • Keep work areas neat and clean at all times, cleaning as you go. Before closing, ensures proper cleanliness of all equipment and the physical space in the dish room.
  • Work as a member of the team to serve guests. Maintain positive, upbeat, and energetic attitude towards guests and coworkers. Take a proactive approach to teamwork. Work as part of the team by assisting others, communicating, and proactively troubleshoot problems. Maintain positive interaction with front of the house staff. Rapidly solve problems. Awareness of your role in the larger picture of the restaurant and guest experience.
  • Help to ensure that the restaurant is profitable by controlling waste, handling all equipment with care to minimize breakage, and following security practices. Reports necessary equipment repairs.
  • Report to work in a neat and clean uniform. Maintain highest standards of personal appearance and cleanliness according to company and health department hygiene standards.
  • Comply with local, state, and federal health, sanitation, and safety regulations. Must notify management anytime the dish machine or rinse cycle falls below safety standard temperatures.


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

Skills and Traits Required:

Guest Focused: Ability to make guest satisfaction the business priority. Provide and promote superior guest service. Actively listening to guest feedback and ideas, to understand their expectations and improve. Doing whatever is necessary to make guests happy, within reasonable limits.

Professionalism: Ability to demonstrate exceptional knowledge and expertise in your job. Displaying the behaviors, characteristics, and skills of an expert in the hospitality industry. Maintaining a professional demeanor with all guests, employees, and vendors. Learning from mistakes and using feedback from others to improve.

Passion: Possessing a strong, enthusiastic devotion to the hospitality industry and the company. Contribute to making the workplace exciting, inspiring emotion in others.

Integrity: Ability to take full responsibility for your actions. Ensuring a sense of trust and confidence to the guest regarding the company and the product. Standing up for what is fair and ethical no matter what. Honoring commitments and keeping promises. Telling the truth, always.

Respect: Courteous regards for people's feelings. Listening and showing sensitivity to the perspectives of others. Understanding that everyone has something to contribute and acknowledging each person as a unique and valuable individual. Addressing the needs and desires of the team and taking care of them.

Empowerment: Ability to make decisions and take action on your own. Embracing and absorbing company information and knowledge.

Action Oriented to Achieve Excellence: Ability to actively get something done or accomplished in a timely manner for the betterment of the guest and company.

Positive Attitude: Ability to focus and complete job duties and assigned tasks with a positive and flexible attitude. Team Oriented: Ability to be a team player and help create a team environment to achieve company goals and standards. Setting aside personal agendas to help co-workers when they ask. Sharing credit with others for accomplishments.

Dependability: Following through on assigned tasks and responsibilities, is reliable, and has timely attendance.

Judgment: Ability to recognize problems and to creatively and immediately make a good decision to solve them - quick thinking and knowing when to have management handle the situation. Ability to set priorities and take initiative - solid decision maker.

Attention toDetail: Ability to see or capture minor items that may seem inconsequential but really make a difference in exceeding the guests' expectations. Understanding that guests perceive things differently and awareness is everything. Ability to understand your work environment, timings, and notice details - recognizing their impact on the overall operation.

Human Relations: Ability to maintain a positive working relationship with all staff, management, vendors, and guests.

Organization: Ability to coordinate all details of numerous priorities at once in a calm, professional, and cheerful manner - possessing time management skills.

Financial Acumen: General understanding of the relationship between sales and costs, as well as, productivity and hours and their effect on profitability.

Quick Learner: Ability to learn and have a solid understanding of the restaurant's food and beverage products, including preparation.

Enthusiasm/Motivation: Self starting, high energy, goal oriented, and positive attitude towards the company, enthusiasm for the guest.

Minimum Qualifications:

1. Courtesy and guest driven.

2. Stamina: high energy level.

3. Dependable and reliable.

4. Excellent eye-hand coordination.

5. Professional, well groomed presentation and appearance.

6. Flexible schedule required, able to work nights, weekends, holidays and long shifts. At some locations able to work during the daytime.

7. Valid Food Handler's/Health Permit.

8. Must be at least 18 years of age.

9. Drug-free.

Physical: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Must be able to stand and exert mobility for periods of up to four (4) hours in length and shifts up to 8+ hours in length. Regularly required to reach, bend, lift, carry, stoop, and wipe. Use of hands to grab, handle, or feel objects. Must possess finger and hand dexterity for using small tools and equipment, including knives. Substantial repetitive motion of the wrists and hands. Able to talk and/or hear. Must be able to bend and kneel and have the ability to lift and/or move tubs, pans, glass racks, cases of food, and garbage cans frequently weighing up to 40 pounds. Ask for assistance when lifting heavy objects. Able to climb step stools and stairs. Hazards include, but are not limited to: wet floors, extreme noise, cuts from knives, slipping, tripping, falls, and burns. Exposure to smoke, steam, high temperatures, humidity, and extreme cold. Frequent washing of hands. Education: High school graduate or equivalent. Must be able to speak, read, write, and understand the primary language(s) of the work location and of the guests who typically visit the location.

Experience: At least 6 months previous experience as a dishwasher in a restaurant

Compensation: $18-$20 Hourly

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