Prep Cook (AM)

Job Type: Full time

Location: West Adams Kitchen


  • Restaurants are fun (it’s like throwing a party everyday)!
  • Hourly rate starting at $21
  • Refer a friend, get $500*
  • Free tacos – even on your days off.
  • Retirement savings option.
  • Stick around for a while – we have retention incentives.
  • Affordable health, dental & vision benefits*
  • 100% company paid life insurance*
  • We create an environment where everyone with respect and dignity.
  • We value honest, intentional and transparent communication.
  • We listen, learn and lead with compassion.
  • We encourage you to be yourself.
  • Advancement opportunities available.
  • Community engagement – HS plays a positive role in community.
  • Slip resistant shoe program.
  • Check out our Instagram!


You gotta be kind!


  • Work with other kind people
  • Make other people happy
  • Enjoy free tacos
  • Relish in the flexibility that the hospitality industry provides…we encourage you to pursue your passion, with us or otherwise.


In 2013, native Texan Briana Valdez opened HomeState, an ode to Texas cuisine in Los Angeles with the mission of evoking community and creating a home for everyone, no matter where they are from. HomeState represents the integrity, history, and culture of Briana’s roots.

HomeState aims to create a dining experience that goes beyond the food. The way our guests feel at HomeState is the true mission of our efforts. HomeState exists for everyone. The price point, casual vibe and portability of the food allows the restaurant to flex to the needs of many. HomeState is a recipient of the KCRW “Best Tortilla in Southern California” award.

No matter where you’re from, HomeState is your home away from home. A space where every person feels welcomed and valued. We serve hospitality first and tacos second. And we’re hiring kind people!

HomeState is currently hiring for the position of:  Prep Cook (AM Shift)

This shift is generally scheduled at 7:00am-3:30pm

Hourly starting rate $21.


We know there’s more to an individual than can be expressed on a resumé. See below for a sneak-peak at some of the responsibilities you’d hold as a Prep Cook.


  • Action Oriented – Taking on new opportunities and tough challenges with a sense of urgency, high energy and enthusiasm.
  • Interpersonally Savvy – Relating openly and comfortably with diverse groups of people.
  • Collaborative – Building partnerships and working collaboratively with others to meet shared objectives.
  • Resilient – Rebounding from setbacks and adversity when facing difficult situations.
  • Self-Aware – Using a combination of feedback and reflection to gain productive insight into personal strengths and weaknesses.
  • Reliable – Gaining the confidence and trust of others in performance of their job duties through honesty, integrity, and authenticity.



Health, Safety & Compliance

* Promote, work, and act in a safe manner consistent with the mission, visions, and core values of HomeState.
* Understand and comply with standard portion sizes, recipes instructions, builds, cooking methods, quality standards, packaging / fulfillment procedures and kitchen rules, policies and standard operating procedures (SOPs).
* Promptly inform team leads when equipment is not working properly and when supplies are getting low.
* Maintain regular, predictable attendance, which includes attendance at all scheduled employee meetings.
* Work closely with other team members through performance of daily tasks to support each other and promote teamwork and a healthy culture.
* Fully understand and exhibit the HomeState culture, embodying our mission, visions and core values.
* Report any safety concerns/incidents to management in a timely manner.

Food Production, Receiving & Storage

* Refer to the Daily Prep List at the start of each shift for assigned duties.
* Prepare (wash, butcher, peel, trim, slice, juice, and/or cut) a variety of foods such as meats, beans, fruits, vegetables, and doughs, according to recipes, instructions, SOPs and operating procedures of kitchen equipment using manual and/or electric appliances.
* Review quality of product once it is cooked, mixed, or being portioned by conducting proper tasting procedures, and report any quality concerns/doubts to the management team promptly.
* Portion and pack food products according to SOPs in vacuum bags, by wrapping or placing directly in the required container.
* Store food in designated containers and storage areas to prevent spoilage. Label food storage containers by following proper protocols.
* Assist with receiving and storage of all incoming raw materials from vendors.
* Carry food supplies, equipment, and utensils to and from storage and work areas.
* Assist and support kitchen team with various tasks as needed, and provide fellow team members with assistance as requested.
* Record, track and write counts, temperatures, quality, and other metrics as required in SOPs.

Cleaning & Organizational Duties

* Clean and sanitize work station area including tables, shelves, walls, griddles, fryers, mixers, burners, combi oven, refrigeration units and vacuum sealing equipment.
* Remove trash and clean kitchen garbage containers.
* Load utensils, containers, and other kitchen tools into dishwashing machines and help keep dish area organized and neat.
* Clean, sweep and mop as directed to assist in maintaining commissary spaces, including common areas like break and restrooms.
* Assist and support the kitchen team in the opening and closing the kitchen sanitation tasks.


* 1-2 years kitchen experience in the restaurant and/or catering industry.


* Valid Food Handlers Certification Card (within 30 days of hire).

Physical Requirements

* Ability to remain in a stationary position for long periods of time (6 or more hours per shift, excluding break times).
* Ability to lift, push, pull, or carry up to 40 pounds (kitchen equipment, bulk food items, etc.)
* Ability to frequently bend and reach overhead.
* Ability to lift and use utensils (including chopping), and grip equipment such as pots/pans or other kitchen equipment.
* Ability to work in fluctuating temperatures ranging from hot (high radiant heat areas, ~ 82°) to cold (food storage areas, ~ 37 °).
* Ability to work near open flames, hot cooking equipment, and steam.
* Ability to perform certain repetitive motion activities (e.g., utilizing certain utensils such as ice cream scoop for extended period of time or placing items on sheet trays in repetition.)
* Ability to work in tight spaces.
* Ability to recognize, perceive, and/or comprehend directions and spatial cues (e.g. “hot,” “behind,” “corner,” knife,” etc.) and communicate same as needed.
* Ability to sit, squat and kneel occasionally.
* Ability to work in a constant state of alertness and safe manner.
* Ability to regularly move around the kitchen with full range of mobility

Please note that this job description is not meant to cover or include all the tasks, duties, and responsibilities the employee may be required to perform, and any assigned tasks, duties, and responsibilities are subject to change at the company’s discretion, with or without notice or contemporaneous update to this document. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities and sincerely-held religious beliefs to perform the essential functions of this position, to the extent required by and in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local law; contact Human Resources to request a reasonable accommodation. Nothing in this job description modifies the at-will nature of employment.

HomeState embraces diversity and does not discriminate in employment on the basis of any classification protected by law. We will consider for employment all qualified Applicants, including those with Criminal Histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local laws, including the City of Los Angeles’ Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance.

*Eligibility for some benefits may be dependent upon average hours worked and/or length of employment.