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The Culinary team at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts creates unforgettable dining experiences for guests from around the world. Here, you can use your skills in our fast-paced environment in areas that range from catering to fine dining to pastry to quick service. No matter your role, you'll help provide a magical experience for any dining occasion. Learn more about Disney’s Culinary Careers below.

Disney Culinary Program

Apply Now Apply Later Job ID 733779BR Location Lake Buena Vista, Florida, United States Business Walt Disney World Resort Date posted Dec. 30, 2019

Job Summary:

"We create happiness.” That’s our motto at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. And it permeates everything we do. On the Disney Culinary Program, you will bring culinary creations to life for our guests with guidance from top chefs in the industry.


A day in the life…

Culinary Assistant, Cook II
  • Working in an a la carte, buffet, catering/special events, or Quick-Service/Food Court environment (may include an on-stage cooking location)
  • Working with basic recipes and learning advanced food preparation
  • Gaining skills in culinary fundamentals in hot and cold food station setup, sauce-making, catering production, and salad and sandwich preparation
  • Deep-frying, sautéing, roasting, boiling, and grilling, along with vegetable, grains, and starch cookery
  • Following standardized recipes and food sanitation guidelines
  • Students with more years of experience may be considered for a Cook I role

Culinary Assistant, Baking & Pastry

  • Working in a high-volume bakery, banquet, catering/special events, or restaurant environment
  • Learning the technical skills of plated dessert preparations as well as muffins, breads, cakes, petit fours, and wedding cakes
  • Gaining knowledge of food cost control and product ordering
  • Mixing, cutting, proofing, and baking
  • Following standardized recipes and food sanitation guidelines
  • Students with more years of experience may be considered for a Baking & Pastry I role

Basic Qualifications:

What you bring to the table…
  • Ability to adapt to production requirements
  • Desire to learn the food and beverage industry
  • Exposure to proper knife skills
  • Focus on food
  • Good judgment of food quality
  • Guest service focus

Required Education

  • Full-time or part-time student in a school of Culinary Arts seeking a certificate or degree, or enrolled in a Culinary/Baking and Pastry school and studying toward a Baking and Pâtisserie Science degree.
    • Currently enrolled in at least one class and have completed at least one semester or
    • Graduated in the past twelve (12) months.
  • Currently enrolled students may need to meet additional school requirements, such as:
    • G.P.A.
    • Grade level
    • Number of credit hours earned.

Additional Information:

  • Programs occur year-around, and vary in length. The specific time frame of your program will be discussed at the time of the interview.
  • A Disney Culinary Program participant's wage will be:
    • $14.40 per hour for Cook 2 / Baking & Pastry 2.
    • $17.00 per hour for Cook I / Baking & Pastry I.
    • $18.00 per hour for Cook I / Baking & Pastry I (Signature restaurant).
  • We strongly encourage candidates to explore prior to submitting an application.
  • For more information regarding Program and Housing Fees please Click Here.
  • Participation in this program requires unrestricted work authorization.
  • Must adhere to the Disney Look guidelines. For more information Click Here.

About Walt Disney World Resort:

Since opening in 1971, Walt Disney World Resort has played an important role in many childhood and family memories. Today, hundreds of millions of guests from around the globe visit this magical place to enjoy a Disney vacation. Through a combination of creativity, innovation and technology, the resort immerses guests in classic Disney tales and new kinds of family entertainment. Drawing from a rich heritage of storytelling, Walt Disney World Resort cast members bring Disney magic to life through unmatched attention to detail and superior guest service.

About The Walt Disney Company:

The Walt Disney Company, together with its subsidiaries and affiliates, is a leading diversified international family entertainment and media enterprise with the following business segments: media networks, parks and resorts, studio entertainment, consumer products and interactive media. From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family. Disney’s stories, characters and experiences reach consumers and guests from every corner of the globe. With operations in more than 40 countries, our employees and cast members work together to create entertainment experiences that are both universally and locally cherished.

This position is with Walt Disney Parks and Resorts U.S., Inc., which is part of a business segment we call Walt Disney World Resort.

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts U.S., Inc. is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status. Disney fosters a business culture where ideas and decisions from all people help us grow, innovate, create the best stories and be relevant in a rapidly changing world.

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