Employment Opportunity: Cook

The Grist Mill and Gardens at Keremeos is a twelve acre provincial historic site that features spectacular heritage gardens (both ornamental and vegetable), fascinating heritage buildings and the only working waterwheel-powered flour mill in Western Canada. We also have a small restaurant, gift shop and campground and host a large number of special events through the season.

In the last six years, the Grist Mill has seen incredible growth with a six-fold increase in attendance, thanks in part to a commitment to a quality visitor experience. Fueled by our talented and enthusiastic staff, we are united in our passion to being one of the fastest growing attractions in BC as we work to be an innovative leader in the heritage community.


We’re currently looking for someone who wants to join our team with cooking, baking and preserving experience to work our kitchen. In addition to cooking, this person would also be responsible for helping with menu planning, inventory, acquiring supplies, scheduling and supervising the rest of the restaurant staff and maintaining a high level of customer satisfaction and food quality. Typically, the site offers a daily lunch and Sunday brunch service, and we also cater on-site events ourselves and will be hosting a number of dinner events through the summer. There is serious growth potential in this position, for someone motivated.

A buffet set out in front of our 1877 waterwheel-powered flour mill.
A buffet set out in front of our 1877 waterwheel-powered flour mill.

Our ideal candidate would have experience (or at least a personal interest) in a variety of heritage cooking skills including canning and other forms of food preservation and preparation as well as a strong desire to work with fresh quality ingredients from our own heritage garden and our neighbour’s gardens and orchards. That candidate also understand the important role the meal they’re preparing plays in terms of the overall visitor experience and educational aspects of this historic site.

More specifically, we’re looking for someone with the following:

  • Current “Food Safe” and “Serving it Right” certificates
  • Minimum of 2 years of cooking and managing experience required
  • Demonstrated knowledge of food, quality, production, sanitation, food costs controls, and presentation required
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.
  • Effective communication skills and attention to detail in all areas of work
  • Superior time management skills, multitasking skills and ability to prioritize tasks with minimal supervision
  • Ability to understand and follow instruction from management
  • Dependable, dedicated, flexible, and work hard and have some fun

Although we can only guarantee a seasonal position (May-Nov) at this time, the successful candidate will have a significant opportunity to work with management to develop a menu and clientele that allows the position to become full-time, year-round.

About Our Restaurant

Our restaurant is open daily from Mid-May to Mid-October, serving soups, salads, sandwiches and baked goods during most of the week and a brunch service on Sundays. There are 30 seats indoors and up to 30 more outdoors on our patio and picnic tables. The food style is rustic, with a strong focus on local and seasonal produce and other products from the Similkameen. Naturally, we want to highlight the incredible fresh flour coming daily from our working waterwheel-powered flour mill and we’ll also be growing more than an acre of heritage veggies and herbs for fresh daily use in our kitchen. Our small kitchen is open to our seating area and so a positive attitude and friendly personality are a necessity

How to Apply:

Please direct questions and submit resumes to:

Chris Mathieson
Grist Mill and Gardens
2691 Upper Bench Road
Keremeos, BC V0X1N4
(250) 499-9021

The deadline to apply is April 1, 2020, although applicants will be interviewed in the order that applications are received.