Cooking Up Culinary Career Growth at Disneyland Resort

Explore the potential of a culinary career at Disneyland Resort! Here, you can bring your skills to a range of services from catering and fine dining to pastry and quick service. No matter the kitchen, you’ll be part of the team bringing unforgettable dining experiences to guests from around the world. Let's peek behind the kitchen doors and discover what sets Disney Culinary apart from the rest.


Discover Disney Culinary


From honing your craft and sharpening your skills to delighting guests worldwide, our Disney Culinary team plays a vital role in creating world-class dining. “A typical workday is very fast paced because our restaurants and food & beverage locations are busy, and rightfully so - the food is delicious! Guests visit from all over the world to enjoy the resort’s culinary offerings and our cast take a lot of pride in creating uniquely Disney experiences and memories for the guests,” said John, a senior recruiter for culinary roles. Check out the vast array of opportunities below:

Theme Park Roles:
· Signature Fine Dining/Dinner Cook – $26.00 per hour
· Signature Fine Dining/Demi Chef - $28.00 per hour

Resort Hotel Roles:
· Restaurant Dinner Cook - $27.00 per hour
· Banquets Dinner Cook - $27.00 per hour
· Banquets Pantry - $24.50 per hour
· Fine Dining/Dinner Cook - $27.00 per hour
· Fine Dining/Specialty Cook - $29.00 per hour

Pastry Roles:
· Pastry Line/Dinner Cook - $27.00 per hour
· Pastry Cook/Baker - $25.20 per hour

“I have chosen to work for the Disneyland Resort because I can use some of the best ingredients and display the use of them through my cuisine and share the storytelling with the cast and guests. I also get to work with and mentor some of the most talented chefs in the world. I get enjoyment from seeing others develop in their craft and proceed to higher roles in the resort,” explains Chef Alex, executive chef at Carthay Circle Restaurant.


A Recipe for Career Growth

Being part of the Disney Culinary team isn't just a job; it's a journey filled with opportunities for personal and professional growth. Whether you aspire to become an executive chef or specialize in pastry arts, there's a path for every culinarian. Disneyland Resort invests in its cast members' growth and development, offering everything from on-the-job training to professional development opportunities, ensuring there's always room to enhance your skills and advance your career.

“There are so many great opportunities for our cast to grow in their culinary field across multiple pathways. In other culinary roles you may have to leave a restaurant to achieve the next level, but with Disney you can move up and stay with the same company! The possibilities really are endless,” says John.

Here are some ways culinary professionals can grow their careers at Disneyland Resort:

  • Specialization: Disneyland Resort offers diverse culinary roles, from pastry chefs to banquet cooks, which allows culinary professionals to hone their skills in unique areas of expertise.
  • Networking and Collaboration: As part of a dynamic culinary team, you'll have the opportunity to collaborate with chefs from various backgrounds and learn from their experiences. Networking within the industry can open doors to exciting opportunities. “Disneyland Resort offers many outlets for personal growth. There are so many stories of cast members that have started at an hourly role and have evolved to a salaried leader role,” says Chef Alex.
  • Mentorship: To gain valuable insights to further your culinary career, you can engage in mentorship programs available at Disneyland Resort to learn from seasoned chefs and industry veterans, gaining valuable insights and guidance to further your culinary career. “You can expect a lot of care and support from your team and leadership. Our chefs are very passionate about helping their teams grow and develop, which fosters a positive environment – the key to success in any operation,” explains John.

Comprehensive Benefits

At Disneyland Resort, we believe in caring for our cast members and their families. That’s why we offer comprehensive benefits to support their well-being and enhance their quality of life. Here are some highlights:

Healthcare Coverage: Eligible cast members and their families receive healthcare, dental and vision coverage starting on the first day of employment. With healthcare plans starting as low as $7 per week for individuals in California, we prioritize affordable healthcare options.

Employee Assistance Program: We understand that life can be unpredictable, so we offer an Employee Assistance Program to provide confidential counseling support and resources for personal and professional challenges.

Legal Support and Tax Services: From legal consultations to tax assistance, we provide cast members with the resources they need to navigate legal and financial matters with confidence and peace of mind.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Initiatives: We believe diversity is one of our greatest strengths, so we offer voluntary, employee-led DEI resource groups to foster a sense of belonging and build community around shared identities, interests and pursuits.

If you have a passion for culinary excellence, a flair for creativity and a desire to be part of a team dedicated to creating happiness, consider joining the culinary teams at Disneyland Resort. With a supportive work environment and endless possibilities for growth, it's a recipe for success that's hard to resist. Click here to explore available opportunities!