[Intro Paragraph] Kick off your executive chef job description with a two to three sentence description of position and your establishment. Mention anything that will impress candidates, such as press mentions, rave reviews, and awards you’ve won.
Executive Chef Job Responsibilities: Edit and add to this list because the tasks are likely to be different depending on whether you’re hiring for a Michelin-rated restaurant or a college cafeteria. Here are some examples of common responsibilities to get you started:
- Oversees back-of-house operations.
- Hires, trains, and manages kitchen staff.
- Sets the staffing schedule.
- Leads pre-shift meetings.
- Develops recipes and menus.
- Determines plating and presentation plans.
- Orders and evaluates the quality of new food.
- Stocks the kitchen with necessary supplies.
- Helps with financial planning and budgeting.
- Handles and resolves customer complaints.
- Makes sure the kitchen staff follows all food safety laws.
- Sets and implements the kitchen policies and procedures.
[Work Hours and Benefits]: Most executive chefs work more than 40 hours a week. Mention whether the executive chef would be expected to work early mornings, late nights, or both. Be sure to specify if your establishment has a less demanding work schedule because it will make your job opportunity more attractive to candidates. Next, you’ll feature the benefits and perks your establishment offers, like health insurance, retirement plans, paid time off, paid parental leave, tuition reimbursements, bonuses, and free meals. If you know the salary range, it’s helpful to include it so executive chefs can determine if it fits their financial needs.
Executive Chef Qualifications and Skills: Use these sections of your executive chef job description to share the skills and experiences that will make a candidate a top contender. Here are some qualifications you may want to include:
- Creates creative recipes and menus.
- Manages and motivates the kitchen staff.
- Works well in a fast-paced kitchen.
- Demonstrates strong business acumen.
- Excels at project management and is organized.
- Collaborates effectively and has strong interpersonal skills.
Education and Experience Requirements:
- A culinary arts bachelor’s or master’s degree is preferred.
- At least [number] years of management experience is required.
- American Culinary Federation Certified Executive Chefs (CECs) are preferred.
[Call to Action] You’ve put in the work. Now make the most of it. Encourage executive chefs to apply by ending with a call to action. For example, you could say that you are excited to read their application and that they can send it to a particular email address or apply directly on the web site.
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