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Lead Line Cook - Madison Café

About Wonderstate Coffee  

For us, coffee is a source of wonder. Since 2005, Wonderstate has roasted earnest and extraordinary coffees that honor relationships and champion our collective future. Our coffees, and our values-lead approach, have caught on. As the 2010 Roast Magazine Roaster of the Year and five-time Good-Food award winner, our mission continues to expand with three cafes and strong customer relationships in grocery stores, coffee shops, and offices around the Upper-Midwest and all over the country.  Yet like the Driftless region we call home, we know you don’t have to be big to make an impact. From our industry-leading minimum price guarantee to farmers, to our 100% solar powered roastery, 5% Giving program, and embracing a healthy work-life balance for all staff, we’re working to do our part. 

We're seeking collaborative, curious, and kind people to join us and to build our collective future, together.

Position Overview

The Lead Line Cook serves as a member of the kitchen leadership team, responsible for managing the kitchen operations when needed.  This position works with the Cooks and Prep Cooks to prepare delicious food consistently and efficiently, and provides guidance and support to kitchen team members, helping them learn and develop their skills in the kitchen.   

Flexible full-time or part-time hours available.  Benefits are eligible to employees working 20 hours or more per week. 

Benefits (working over 20 hours/week)

  • Medical, Dental & Vision
  • Supplemental Insurance
  • Retirement Plan
  • Wellness & Commuter Reimbursements
  • Free coffee to each employee
  • Shift meals & drinks
  • Wonderstate discount on food, beverages & merchandise


Core Responsibilities:

  • Work with the Kitchen Lead to ensure the delivery of a successful food program.
  • Manage kitchen operation on days Kitchen Lead is off.
  • Execute the food menu “on the line” at the cafe.
  • Prioritize and execute the to-do list for the day, and set up the following shift in cooperation with the prep cook 
  • Practice extreme cleanliness and adhere to food safety guidelines.
  • Honor relationships within the team, give and receive feedback respectfully, express gratitude to others, and actively contribute to a positive team environment
  • Understand all menu items and how to produce them.
  • Maintain portions as specified by the kitchen lead.
  • Keep track of items that need to be ordered and communicate it.
  • Ensure high quality in our products and services, and provide feedback to kitchen staff on achievement of quality 
  • Assist with inventory and ordering
  • Exemplify the core values of Wonderstate Coffee.

    Supervisory Responsibilities

    This position does not have direct reports but is responsible for supervising and providing direction and performance feedback to kitchen staff in collaboration with the Café Coordinator and Kitchen Lead as needed. 

    Requirements and Desired Skills

    • Ability to communicate clearly and promptly with staff and customers.
    • Gives and receives feedback respectfully.
    • Strong organization and time management skills.
    • Impeccable follow through.
    • Exemplary kitchen skills.
    • Ability to bring joy to customers and team members, and engage with our community
    • Desire to continually be challenged and grow as a professional.
    • Ability to consistently show up on time, dressed appropriately for kitchen work.
    • Passion for ethically sourced, organic, high quality coffee and food, and supporting farmer cooperatives

    Required Experience

    • One year of previous kitchen experience required

      Hours, Wage & Location

      • Onsite, Madison, WI
      • Full-time/Part-time, weekends required
      • $250 Sign-on bonus

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      Wonderstate is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed  to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. All qualified applicants will receive  consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity  or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.