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Disney Culinary Program

Apply Now Apply Later Job ID 1163980BR Location Orlando, Florida, United States / Lake Buena Vista, Florida, United States Business Walt Disney World Resort Date posted Jan. 09, 2024

Job Summary:

As a Disney Culinary Program participant at the Walt Disney World® Resort, you will become part of the magic that is known worldwide, gain on-the-job experience working in our parks and resorts, participate in an outstanding learning experience, and meet and live with people from all over the world in the housing community. Culinary Cast Members have the opportunity to showcase their passion for culinary while providing first-rate dining experiences. In this role, we provide an outstanding dining experience working for one of the world's leading entertainment and hospitality companies.
We are recruiting for Programs with arrival dates through Fall 2024. Individual Program lengths vary and may be in accordance with your school requirements. Program length must be between 4 months (16 weeks) to 6 months (24 weeks).
Arrival availability will be discussed during the interview.

Participant's Rate of Pay

  • $21.00 per hour for Cook 2 / Baking & Pastry 2

  • $24.10 per hour for Cook 1 / Baking & Pastry 1

  • $25.10 per hour for Cook 1 Signature

What You Will Do

  • Prepare dishes from scratch for a variety of locations throughout our restaurants while encompassing a diverse offering of cuisines

  • Work cleanly and safely within culinary and food preparation

  • Follow recipes and an understanding of recipe conversion

  • Learn and develop alongside our culinary team


Culinary Assistant, Cook II

  • Work in a fast-paced a la carte, buffet, catering/special events, production, or quick service/food court environment (may include an on-stage cooking location)

  • Gain skills in culinary fundamentals in hot and cold food station setup, sauce-making, and salad/sandwich preparation

  • Knowledge of food allergies, seasonal ingredients and menus

  • Proficiency in stations of the line, including deep-frying, sauteing, roasting, boiling, and grilling, along with vegetable, grains, and starch cookery

Culinary Assistant, Baking & Pastry

  • Work in a fast-paced bakery, banquet, catering/special events, production or restaurant environment

  • Learn the technical skills of plated dessert preparations as well as muffins, breads, cookies, petit fours, and cupcakes

  • Gain exposure to food cost control and product ordering

  • Proficiency in mixing, cutting, proofing, and baking

Basic Qualifications:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age at time of application

  • Possess unrestricted work authorization within the United States*

  • Be fully available to work Sunday through Saturday, including days and nights, holidays and overtime

  • Knowledge of HACCP, proper food handling techniques, temperatures, and food safety

  • Display proficient knife skills and knowledge of basic cuts

  • Good communication skills and outstanding Guest Service

  • Able to stand/walk for the entire shift, lift up to 50 lbs.

  • Work in various locations including indoor and outdoor environments

  • Be receptive to Disney Look appearance guidelines

  • Students with additional years of experience/education may be considered for a Cook 1 or Baking & Pastry 1 role

Required Education

  • Full-time or part-time student in a Culinary Arts/Baking & Pastry program seeking a certificate or degree in the United States*

  • Currently enrolled in at least one (1) class and have completed at least one semester or

  • Graduated in the past twenty-four (24) months

  • Currently enrolled students may need to meet additional school requirements, such as:

    • GPA

    • Grade level

    • Number credit hours earned

*United States includes all 50 states plus Puerto Rico and all other United States territories.

Additional Information:

Benefits and Perks

  • Get paid on a weekly basis

  • Company provided culinary uniforms/costumes: Chef jackets, Pants, Shoes, Aprons

  • Access free transportation to work locations and nearby shopping or dining

  • Live in an innovative apartment community

  • Receive complimentary theme park admission and cast-exclusive discounts

What’s Next?

  • We strongly encourage candidates to explore and Culinary – Disney Programs Support prior to submitting an application

  • Select candidates will be invited to a 30-minute phone interview with a recruiter

  • Candidates who receive an offer will be required to pay a non-refundable Program Participation Fee within 10 days of their program offer

  • A non-refundable Housing Fee is then due six weeks prior to arrival date for participants using onsite housing at Flamingo Crossings Village

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 that includes three core business segments: Disney Entertainment, ESPN, and Disney Experiences. 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 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, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status or any other basis prohibited by federal, state or local law. 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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