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Sodexo Inc. Executive Chef 2 in PALO ALTO, California

Unit Description

You’re excited by the latest culinary trends. You’re a modern, cutting-edge culinarian. Bring your culinary know-how to Channing House where eclectic taste buds await!

Sodexo is seeking an Executive Chef at Channing House, an upscale CCRC in Palo Alto, California . This position will provide leadership and oversight of the culinary department which provides food in a home-like environment for independent living residents as well as Assisted Living and Continuing Care Communities. Looking for an experienced culinarian with a talent for innovation with unique flavor combinations and architectural arrangements of ingredients.

The successful candidate will:

  • implement and standardize all culinary systems and procedures : Catering, Retail menus, , production, puree standardization, food management sheets, inventory control, HACCP, cleaning schedules, staffing plans, presentation and quality of food, kitchen cleanliness, safety, etc. Sodexo standards will be the benchmark;

  • Food Management systems: monitoring, Audits, implementation and standardization for new menus;

  • be responsible for Food and Physical Safety and annual training for all hourly associates;

  • Procurement: Work with vendors on procurement items. Responsible for purchasing manager and purchasing financial audits;

  • improve and standardize catering and banquet services, create menus based on client needs;

  • implement innovative and fresh ideas in retail, catering and resident services; and/or

  • create interpersonal relationships with clients.

Is this opportunity right for you? We are looking for candidates who have:

  • a strong culinary background, with the demonstrated ability to stay current with new culinary trends;

  • excellent leadership and communication skills with the ability to maintain the highest of standards and implements company policies;

  • strong management skills and previous experience working in a high-volume facility;

  • high end catering and dining experience and a passion for culinary arts;

  • a strong production culinary background, ideally in an up-scale restaurant/retail/catering environment;

  • experience leading and engaging a culinary team, with exceptional human resource and supervisory/management skillset;

  • menu planning experience and a strong understanding of current culinary trends;

  • proven to effectively communicate to multiple audiences and develop strong relationships with customers;

  • the ability to multitask and proven effectiveness in a high-standards driven environment;

  • a strong understanding of forecasting, food cost management, purchasing, inventory and labor management concepts;

  • the ability to successfully lead, develop and train a team;

  • creativeand effectiveproblem-solving and project management skills;

  • proficient computer skills as well as exceptional organizational and customer services skills;

  • Servsafe certified as well as working knowledge of HACCP and experience with Health and Safety audits; and/or

  • C.E.C. (Certified Executive Chef) a plus.

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At Sodexo, we offer Culinary positions in a variety of business segments, including Corporate, Schools, Universities, Government and Agencies, Health Care, Senior Living and Sports and Leisure locations across the United States..

Working for Sodexo:

At Sodexo, you will find the ingredients for a great culinary career. With benefits including schedules that encourage work-life balance, reimbursement of association dues and continuing education opportunities, you’ll enjoy an improved quality of life that’s unique in the hospitality industry.

Position Summary

Provides culinary leadership within a medium sized unit including menu planning, program execution and staff management & training. Works directly with internal and external clients managing the catering process from beginning through execution.

Key Duties

  • Implements & coordinates the culinary function.

  • Directs & trains cooks & utility workers.

  • Ensures food preparation & production meets operational standards.

  • Manages catering & retail areas.

  • Customer & Client satisfaction.

  • Financial management to include food cost & labor management.

  • Manages food & physical safety programs.

Qualifications & Requirements

Basic Education Requirement - Associate's Degree or equivalent experience

Basic Management Experience - 2 years

Basic Functional Experience - 2 years work experience in food or culinary services including restaurants, fast food, vending, catering services, institutional services, mall food courts, etc.

Sodexo is an EEO/AA/Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran employer.

Location US-CA-PALO ALTO

System ID 87371

Category Culinary

Relocation Type No

Employment Status Full-Time

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