Sous Chef

Department

Food and Beverage

Type

Full-Time

Description

Position Summary

Responsible for ensuring that all meals coming from the kitchen are well prepared with regard to quality, consistency, eye appeal, taste and food cost.  He/she is expected to provide training for all staff; meet corporate quality standards; and assist in establishing and enforcing food specifications, portion control, recipes and sanitation.  The Sous Chef is also responsible for controlling food and labor costs while maximizing guest satisfaction. Must be 18 years of age or older to apply.

Duties and responsibilities
  • Work with other F&B managers and keep them informed of F&B issues as they arise.
  • Keep immediate supervisor fully informed of all problems or matters requiring his/her attention.
  • Coordinate and monitor all phases of Loss Prevention in kitchen areas.
  • Prepare and submit required reports in a timely manner.
  • Monitor quality of all food product and presentation.
  • Ensure preparation of required reports, including (but not limited to) Wage Progress, payroll, revenue, employee Schedules, quarterly actions plans.
  • Oversee all aspects of the daily operation of the kitchen and food production areas; hot food from the main kitchen and bakery, and cold food from the pantry.
  • Make cooks aware of daily forecasts and customer counts so that they can be adequately prepared to serve both hot and cold food on time.
  • Respond to guest complaints in a timely manner.
  • Ensure compliance with SOP’s in all outlets.
  • Ensure compliance with requisition procedures.
  • Conduct staff performance reviews in accordance with Highgate Hotel standards.
  • Understand, implement and monitor corporate promotions in outlets, including buffet and three-meal concept standards.
  • Know and enforce all local health department sanitation laws.
  • Know how to compute daily food cost.
  • Work with the Chef to create and implement menus.
  • Assess food portion size, visual appeal, taste and temperature of items served.
  • Check all stations at the end of every shift for proper food storage and sanitation.
  • Check food purchases for proper ordering, quality and price structure.
  • Oversee daily activities such as preparation for all food items, sanitation of the outlets, receiving daily inventories, log-on report and food cost report.
  • Prepare daily food production sheets.
  • Cut meat, poultry, seafood according to daily business.
  • Ensure overall guest satisfaction.
  • Participate in M.O.D. coverage as required.
  • Attends staff meetings, morning meetings and other meetings as requested.
  • Perform all other duties as requested.
Physical demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

  • Flexible and long hours sometimes required.
  • Medium work - Exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, and/or 20 pounds of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects.
Qualifications

Education and/or Professional Certification

  • High School diploma or equivalent required.
  • Culinary Degree preferred
  • ServSafe Certification preferred
  • RAMP certification preferred 

Experience

  • At least 4 years of progressive experience in a hotel or a related field required; or 2 years of progressive experience with a culinary graduate certificate/degree

Specialized knowledge

  • Possession of knowledge of federal, state, and local regulations and processes relating to food preparation and safety

Skills

  • Must be able to understand and evaluate complex information, data, etc. from various sources to meet appropriate objectives.
  • Must be effective in handling problems, including anticipating, preventing, identifying and solving problems as necessary.
  • Must be able to maintain confidentiality of information.
  • Advanced cooking skills including knife handling
  • Basic math skills for adapting recipe quantities as needed

Abilities

  • Must be able to communicate effectively with the public and other team members in verbal and written form
  • Ability to work independently or with a team
  • Follow and enforce all hotel standards
Disclaimer

This is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, skills, efforts, requirements or working conditions associated with the job. While this is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, management reserves the right to revise the job or to require that other or different tasks be performed as assigned. 

Due to the cyclical nature of the hospitality industry, employees may be required to work varying schedules to reflect the business needs of the hotel.  This includes nights, weekends & holidays.