Pechanga Resort Casino To Host Culinary Job Fair May 24

Pechanga Resort Casino

TEMECULA, CA – Pechanga Resort Casino announced that cooks, bartenders, bakers, and head chef and restaurant management positions are all available for the right candidates at Pechanga. The resort/casino is inviting prospective applicants to their culinary job fair Wednesday, May 24 between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Applicants will get to meet one-on-one with hiring managers, receive on-the-spot interviews, and possibly be offered a job right away. Culinary job seekers can stop into the Manzanita Room on the second floor above the Pechanga Summit Events Center at any time during the job fair.

Cooks hired at Pechanga Resort Casino take home an extra $2,500 as a sign-on incentive. Cook positions start at $17.50 per hour and go up to $22. The resort’s executive chef started as a kitchen supervisor in the Kelsey’s restaurant. The current executive sous chef started his culinary journey as a busser in the Pechanga employee cafeteria.

Chef Andre Pinto
Executive Chef Andre Pinto

“For someone who’s watched the cooking shows and thought, ‘I could do that,’ you probably can if you have the passion,” said Pechanga Resort Casino Executive Chef, Andre Pinto. “And there’s so much room for growth in our culinary department. We would love to meet with you on May 24.”

“I was a lunch lady at a Lake Elsinore school before I came to work at Pechanga as a prep cook,” said Kelsey’s cook Rachel Hillig. “I’ve been here eight years. The benefits we get are some of the best around. And I tell all the younger people who come to work here, ‘you need to get yourself into that six-percent matching 401k.’ This is a great place to start your career and work your way up, but you don’t have to be a young person just starting out either.”

One of the biggest needs necessitating the new culinary staff is Pechanga’s signature Great Oak Steakhouse currently under renovation. With an estimated reopening this summer, a larger kitchen and expanded seating, the sleek, modern and inviting fine dining restaurant requires staff ready to deliver exemplary Four Diamond service.

Pechanga team members enjoy dozens of generous employee benefits including free meals during a shift, medical, dental and vision insurance, 401k retirement programs with employer match, longevity bonus, tuition reimbursements, team member celebrations, incentive gift cards, on-site gym, team member discounts on food and gas, among other perks. Applicants 18 or older are eligible to be hired as cooks, as well as in many other positions within the food and beverage division at Pechanga.

Prospective candidates attending the career fair can upload their resumes ahead of time at the Pechanga Careers webpage –