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Zip Code: 94301
Industry: All
Employer: Piazza's Fine Foods
Job Tracking ID: 1380581927
Job Description:
Piazza's Fine Foods is an upscale, family-owned grocery store with locations in San Mateo and Palo Alto. We are looking for customer service gurus, who can work quickly to keep up with our fast-paced environment. We are a very busy store, so we need someone who is comfortable juggling multiple tasks at one time and maintaining a friendly and positive attitude with both customers and co-workers.
We offer union benefits and union-scale compensation, as well as a pleasant friendly work environment.

We are currently recruiting for: Hot Food Clerk ( 24 + hrs/ week)
This individual will be mainly responsible for assisting in the Hot Food Deli Department. Responsibilities include grilling meats and poultry, maintaing the hot food station and the hot table, heating up pre-cooked food for the hot food bar, keeping the hot food bar replenished at all times and providing customer service to our patrons. Must have prior experience as a grill cook, as well as experience in the customer service, preferably in a grocery store deli environment.

BBQ Grill Cook ( weekends only, about 16 hrs/week- NON UNION position) - This person will be responsible for grilling meats, ribs, poultry in our outdoors BBQ grill tent, which is open on the weekends. If you have experience as a grill cook and are looking for a weekend job.

Employee Type: Full-Time, Part-Time
Compensation: TBD

Restaurant Jobs Description


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