10 Feb
Sous Chef (Fort Worden PDA)
Washington, Olympic peninsula

Job Description: Sous Chef

Department: Food and Beverage

Reports to: Director of Food and Beverage

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt, 40 hours/week

Position Summary: Multi-outlet kitchen seeks a talented Sous Chef with experience designing and preparing local seasonal cuisine. We're looking for a creative individual who is willing to participate in creating seasonal menus and designing new dishes. The successful candidate will assist the Head Chef in both culinary and administrative tasks while communicating with the Restaurant Manager and F&B Director. We're looking for a professional who is dedicated to food quality and sets high standards for their output. Apply today if you can bring excellent culinary skill and high energy to this exciting opportunity.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

Create schedules for kitchen staff to ensure optimum resource management and speed of service

Train new and existing kitchen staff on the preparation, arrangement and plating of dishes per the current menu

Ensure all staff members adhere to culinary standards and regulations

Respond to customer inquiries and concerns personally

Design new menu choices based on seasonal ingredients and customer demand

Track, record and replenish inventory as needed

Cross-train kitchen staff on multiple stations

Assist Head chef with pricing menu items

Assist with all food preparation for all venues

Experience with large volume catering

A dedicated team player

Attend and participate in staff meetings as required

Perform other duties, responsibilities, and special projects as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

High School Diploma or GED equivalent

A professional diploma in food service or equivalent food service cooking experience

1-2 years of experience as a cook in a fast-paced large-scale venue or course in food handling

Food Service Card Issued by the State of Washington

Professional appearance and manner, good character to work on a fast-paced team

Positive, honest and energetic work ethic

Able to grasp, lift and/or carry up to 50 lbs. as needed

Finger/hand dexterity to operate kitchen machinery, knives, etc.

Able to withstand changes in temperature, occasional smoke, steam and heat and work in a confined area

Must possess hearing, visual and sensory abilities to observe and detect emergency situations; also to distinguish product, taste texture, temperature and presentation and preparation

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

1. Pays attention to small details, excellent reading comprehension and able to follow instructions correctly

2. Strong communication and organizational, time management and multi-tasking skills

3. Willing and able to work evenings, weekends and holidays.

4. Can work on own as well as part of a team.

5. Passion for good food, local ingredients and quality customer experiences.

6. Can work well under pressure in a fast-paced, high stress environment

7. Ability to Portion control on a large scale

8. Clear understanding of weights and measures and has good math skills

9. Demonstrates the ability to handle criticism well and learn from mistakes

10. Excellent knife skills; can quickly and safely slice or chop meal ingredients into exact dimensions as called for in the recipe

11. Strong communication skills

Key Competencies

Key competencies include listening and communication, attention to detail, strong written and verbal communication skills, integrity, reliability and efficiency. Adhering to our Core Values includes being guest-centric, teamwork, respect, pro-active, accountable, learning and sustainable.

EEO Statement

The Fort Worden Public Development Authority is an equal opportunity employer without discrimination because of age, sex, color, national origin, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation or presence of a disability.

Pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Fort Worden PDA will make reasonable accommodation of working conditions or methods in order to perform the duties of the position.

Fort Worden Public Development Authority is a Charter of the City of Port Townsend acting as a public corporation. Our mission is to be financially self-sustaining, and to infuse the Fort with the beauty and energy that allows it to reach its potential as a gathering place for individuals, families and groups who seek enrichment and discovery through life-long learning.


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