Lead Line Cook
Island Inn

Live and work on Monhegan Island - Maine's most famous home of Lobstermen & Artists

Breathtaking 1 sq mile island, 11 miles off the rugged, beautiful coast of Maine

  • summer

Lead Line Cook

Island Inn
$18.00 / hour
Previous experience required
Start Date:
Starts in 3 months. (May 12, 2023)

The Island Inn is an iconic seasonal hotel (established in 1907) and restaurant located 11 miles offshore of Mid-Coast Maine on beautiful Monhegan Island - an unspoiled nature lover's paradise of woods, cliffs, and rocky shores, and a small community of lobstermen and working artists. Most of Monhegan Island is preserved as a conservation area with 12 miles of hiking trails around the highest headland cliffs on the East Coast and endless rocky coves.

Our 60+ seat fine-dining restaurant serves breakfast and dinner to very loyal hotel guests and the public. The kitchen staff also supports production for a separate coffee shop/café and preparation of varied and nutritious meals for our staff of 30 employees.

We passionately utilize the bounty of the coastal terrain, as well as cultivate our own gardens and greenhouse with a variety of organic and heirloom produce and micro-greens. 

The Island Inn’s restaurant has just one mission: to deliver a unique take on coastal cuisine paired with our magical setting in order to create a memorable and relaxed fine dining experience for our guests. Our kitchen and restaurant staff is at the heart of our continuous effort to offer superlative food quality and the highest level of gracious and personal guest service.  We believe in treating each member of our staff with respect and kindness so that they can do the same for our guests, many of whom have been staying with us for decades.


We're searching for a skilled, energetic, highly-motivated Lead Line Cook with a passion for hospitality and fine dining, who thrives in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment.

This position is responsible for all aspects of food preparation up to and including final presentation for delivery to guests. The Lead Line Cook’s primary responsibility is to support the Head Chef in delivering dishes that meet the highest preparation and presentation standards.  He or she is also expected to be able to run the line with respectful leadership when assigned.
Food preparation tasks include the preparation of stocks and other basic tasks, as well as protein fabrication, soup and sauce making and other techniques. The Lead Line Cook will also actively participate in refining and executing all menu items with the Head Chef. Will clean work area and kitchen during and at the end of shift; Must be comfortable with both taking direction and initiative as needed.

Qualifications:  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education: High School diploma or general education degree (GED).  Culinary training is desirable but will consider appropriate and varied experience as a substitute in all cases.

Required Experience: 

  • Minimum 5 years culinary experience;(or) equivalent combination of education and experience, Must include some Line Cook experience in a fine dining environment.
  • Excellent understanding of, and experience in, various cooking methods, creative use of fresh ingredients, equipment, and procedures
  • Experience in all major line areas (grill, sauté, oven)
  • Must be able to perform in a fast-paced, team-driven kitchen  
  • Must be able to commit to working the entire 2023 season - Friday, May 12, 2023, through Wednesday, October 11, 2023

If you enjoy a friendly work environment, creative space, and breathtaking nature, we encourage you to apply. Our remote location requires that you live on premises. Housing in staff quarters (newly renovated) and meals are provided at no charge.  Please note that free housing and meals are currently valued at an additional $7.00 to your hourly rate.

Please click to check out our site to learn more about our hotel and Monhegan Island.

How to Apply

To apply please email a brief cover letter, resume, and references.

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