6 Reasons to Cook Professionally at Morrissey Hospitality

Updated: November 23

For those of us with a passion for food, working as a professional cook is the dream. But starting a new career can be tough, and finding a company to grow with can be even tougher.

No matter what type of cuisine, number of covers, service style, or size of the team you’re seeking, Morrissey Hospitality is the place to develop, grow, or even start your career as a professional cook.

Here’s six reasons why working as a professional cook at Morrissey Hospitality can heat up your culinary career.

1. Competitive Pay

Morrissey Hospitality offers competitive wages, a clear pathway to promotion, and PTO to eligible employees. We believe that everyone – regardless of rank or title – deserves to earn a fair, competitive wage. As our family of brands continues to grow, so will opportunities to advance to higher-paying positions in the kitchens and throughout the company.

As an additional benefit, all Morrissey employees are paid bi-weekly, and are eligible for wage increases with annual performance reviews.

2. Continued Culinary Education

At Morrissey Hospitality, we believe that by investing in people, we can build the best culinary teams – and the best chefs – in the country. Whether you’re brand new to professional kitchens or a well-seasoned vet, Morrissey provides you with the educational resources and training you need to reach your goals.

To support our culinary teams, we created the Morrissey Hospitality Culinary Council in 2022. Composed of operational and culinary leaders, the Culinary Council was formed to foster continuing education and training for culinary employees and maintain culinary excellence across Morrissey brands.

Additionally, Morrissey Hospitality gives its culinary team members free access to the American Culinary Federation’s 16 professional culinary certification programs. Regarded as the industry standard of excellence in culinary skills and knowledge, the ACF certification programs are designed to help chefs become more valuable, hireable and promotable.

3. Growth & Development

At Morrissey Hospitality, there is no such thing as a dead-end job. We want our culinary team members to reach their fullest potential, which is why we offer structured paths to advancement, hands-on mentorship, and leadership development.

In addition to its other initiatives, the Morrissey Hospitality Culinary Council identifies high-performing employees to develop into future culinary leaders. We develop our leaders from within, and ambitious individuals can progress into senior positions relatively quickly. Examples of this on-the-job training and mentorship abound in the Morrissey kitchens – living proof that we have the recipe for success.

4. Flexible Schedules

When it comes to retaining great employees, flexibility is the best policy. Morrissey Hospitality values our employees as whole people – people with obligations, responsibilities and interests outside of work. We offer flexible schedules that work for our employees’ whole lives. Our family of brands provides a plethora of scheduling options – from daytime hours and prep shifts, to special event, banquet, and event center schedules, to set schedules, and even holidays off – we do our best to accommodate the needs of our team members.

5. Health & Wellness Benefits

Morrissey Hospitality is deeply committed to employees’ health and welfare. We offer generous health and wellness benefits to eligible employees, including medical, dental, and vision insurance, HSAs, and Flexible Savings accounts. We offer voluntary 401(k), life/AD&D insurance, and disability coverage options.

Morrissey team members care about and support each other. Our Employee Assistance Program includes resources for confidential mental health support, legal guidance, financial resources, and more. We believe that talking about our mental health – especially with the collective trauma of the last couple years – is critical to the well being of our team members and of our company.

6. Perks & Bonus Programs

At Morrissey Hospitality, we want our culinary team members to live their best lives – inside and outside the kitchen. We offer shift meals and discounts across concepts, We provide complimentary uniforms, and we offer a “Shoes for Crews” program for work footwear discounts. We give team members opportunities to connect with our communities, including one dedicated PTO day to volunteer in the community.

Additionally, we offer hiring bonus and employee referral bonus programs, giving employees an opportunity to earn money outside of their scheduled hours.

Build Your Career as a Professional Cook

While there are plenty of restaurants and hospitality concepts in the Twin Cities looking for cooks, Morrissey Hospitality offers so much more than just another job. If you’ve been pursuing your culinary career, or looking for your next hospitality home, Morrissey Hospitality kitchens will get you to your professional cooking goals.

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