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
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 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.
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.