Executive Sous Chef, Japanese Cuisine

  • Gate Gourmet
  • Boston, MA, USA
  • Jan 15, 2020
Full time Chefs, Cooks, Food Preparation Workers

Job Description

The Executive Sous Chef supports the Executive Chef in the responsibility for the daily monitoring of the preparation of the pre-designed meals for multi-customer accounts with culinary expertise through the management of all Chefs, Cooks and production employees in all food production areas of a Large Catering unit. The Executive Sous Chef promotes and insures quality food services to airline clients and product management/waste in hub unit or facility of high complexity due to volume and international customer mix. Reports to the Executive Chef and acts as the lead chef in the absence of the Executive Chef.Main Duties and Responsibilities:FunctionalActs in support of the Executive Chef to drive menu and product quality in all production areas byoverseeing food preparation and production, by consulting with the Buyer; Chefs, cooks, and team leaders; minimize waste through portioning,overboardingover-production, and inventory control.In the absence of the Executive Chefs as the Culinary Lead for the unitEnsures Menu presentations are properly planned, set up, and specifications reviewed to ensure compliancetorecipes and portion specifications as required by the customer.Understands menu and product specifications and insure menu employee training is completed.Insures waste is minimizes through oversight of proper portion and production management with all chefs throughout the production areas. Using a Pull System, Insuresaccurate and timely inventories are completed so requisitions are based on demand.Achieves culinary operational objectives by contributing information and analysis to strategic plans and reviews; preparing and completing action plans; implementing production, productivity, quality, and customer-service standards; serving as culinary resource support to Executive Chef and operations management.Acts to identifying and resolving problems, completes timely audits, and serves as a Change AgentAssist as the support lead for menu presentations works with the Executive Chef to insure products, production, and costs are efficiently managed and all variances are noted.Responsible for coaching, counseling, and preparing corrective action for employeesMaintains safe, secure, and healthy work environment by establishing, following, and enforcing standards and procedures; complying with sanitation and federal, state, and local legal regulations; overseeing food preparation, safety, and security; reviewing and implementing accident and disaster plans.Ensures quality production standards are followed and maintained. Ensures employees adhere to HACCP, FDA and safety regulations and compliance with company policies and procedures.Ensures meal cycles are communicated in a timely and accurate basis. Monitor yields of products to ensure maximum usage.Works with management staff to improve performance of the unitTraining & DevelopmentMaintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks; benchmarking state-of-the-art practices; being sought for opinions as a culinary expert; contributing to professional publications; participating in professional societies and sharing this information with direct reports.Must ensure all cooks, and Sous Chef employees have the skills and abilities to perform all cooking and food preparation requirements of all the Airline Accounts serviced in the Unit Trains and monitors employees on proper work procedures and production of products to ensure maximum productivity with minimum labor and food expenses.Assists in the development and training of cooks as requiredResponsible for culinary employee onboarding and retentionCompletes all company required training including but not limited to ServSafe Sanitation Manager Certification.ProductsMaintains culinary equipment by following operating instructions; instructing staff in equipment use; troubleshooting breakdowns; maintaining equipment supplies; insuring preventive maintenance and repairs; evaluating the unit cooking equipment against the current needs and future expectations.ProcessesInitiates and supports NPT and timesaving production techniques, training others in specialty techniquesImproves menu quality and consistency by analyzing food production records and menu expenses; promoting kitchen staff interest in quality improvement; studying, evaluating, and re-designing processes; implementing changes.Prepares menu and food preparation reports by collecting, analyzing, and summarizing food, dining, and customer data and trends.QualificationsEducation:Associate Degree or Bachelor Degree in theCulinary Arts or a related field, (formal culinary education) required.Certification as CCC from ACF, ProChef II or equivalentWork Experience: Minimum7-10years in progressive Chef growth positions is requiredMinimum of1-3 years supervisoryexperience working in a high volume, manufacturing, food production, and restaurant or catering environmentrequired.In-flight catering experience or experience in a high-volume food service environment required.Technical Skills: (Certification, Licenses and Registration)Ability to cook meals according to detailed specifications.Ability to work in a fast paced, deadline driven environment.Must have strong and effective leadership skills, and the ability to successfully manage a staff of 2 to 3 Sous Chefs and over production employessCurrent or previous labor relations experience is a plus, but not required.Candidate must be comfortable with all levels of employees and have the ability to drive positive program change.Ability to train others required.Must have the ability to give negative and positive feedback to employees on a daily basis.Excellent time management skills required. Ability to handle multiple tasks without losing focus on priorities.Strong organizational, analytical, communication and leadership skills required.Must be innovative and have the ability to make changes to the operation as needed to further improve the work environment and unit performance.Basic computer skills required. Working knowledge of Microsoft Office products preferredServSafe Certified preferred.Ability to obtain ServSafe Certification requiredLanguage / Communication Skills:Must have excellent written and oral communication skills.Multi-linguala plus.Job DimensionsGeographic Responsibility: USAType of Employment: Full-TimeTravel %: Yes Up to 10%Exemption Classification: ExemptInternal Relationships: all production areasExternal Relationships: airline customersWork Environment / Requirements of the Job: Regularly, stands, bends, lifts, and moves intermittently during shifts of 10+ hours.In a normal production kitchen facility there may be physical discomfort due to temperature and noise.Must be able to lift, push, pull and move product, equipment, supplies, etc., in excess of twenty-five (25) pounds.A rotating schedule of over 55 hours per week