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Date Added: Fri 21/05/2021

Executive Sous Chef

New York, NY, US
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Job Type: Permanent, FullTime

Job Description


Join our team as the opening Executive Sous Chef at Union Square Hospitality Group's new project at a high-profile Midtown Manhattan Hotel! 

The Executive Sous Chef works closely with the Executive Chef to maintain the highest quality and standards in the daily operations of kitchen. They oversee development and execution of the menus throughout breakfast, lunch and dinner service daily. This position also has an active role in the management and development of Sous Chefs, Line Cooks, Prep Cooks and all hourly team members. The Executive Sous Chef will be in charge of holding the Sous Chef team accountable to consistent feedback and career development through their performance objectives and has an integral responsibility to partner with the Executive Chef, focusing on business and department goals.

Ensure high performance and maintain overall excellence & hospitality throughout each day's specific service periods. 

  • Effectively open physical operation and/or close physical operation 

  • Ensure consistent execution of food and timely flow of service by directing the team and effectively expediting service.  

  • Hold team accountable to set up/break down of kitchen according to Executive Chef's guidelines 

  • Ensure all menu changes are updated and articulated to both FOH/BOH staff prior to service 

  • Educate dining room service staff on all aspects of food menu & culinary procedures through tastings and staff presentation 

  • Maintain effective & timely communication to all FOH/BOH and team members. 

  • Maintain positive working relationship with dining room leaders and line staff throughout service periods 

  • Continuously provide support to all kitchen staff and actively participate in line stations as needed 


Ensure that all recipes, product, food preparations and food execution meet restaurant's specifications and commitment to culinary excellence. To the highest degree possible, ensure that kitchen & physical plant is kept clean, safe and up to all “A” level health code standards. 

  • Work with Executive Chef on recipe development and assist in menu pricing when appropriate  

  • Hold team accountable to following all recipes and presentation specifics (including but not limited to: standard portion sizes, cooking methods, quality standards & ingredients) as set forth by the Executive Chef 

  • Follow proper plate presentation and garnish set up for all dishes 

  • Ensure team appropriately stocks and maintains sufficient levels of food products at line stations during service period  

  • Assists in food prep assignments and/or cooking during peak periods as needed 

  • Tracks and reports any food waste, monitor food prep inconsistencies, evaluating and correcting team as needed. 

  • Maintain and properly use all kitchen equipment and ensure that hourly team members are properly educated on use of all equipment 

  • Ensure team is trained properly and understands/adheres to the correct procedure to maintain, clean and stock the prep area, storage area, individual station, kitchen and walk-ins according to all DOH safety and sanitation standards 

  • Prepare all food according to Food Handlers Guidelines; ensure that all team members including hourly team members are educated on these guidelines and are consistently held accountable by management. 

  • Ensure that team handle, store and rotate all products properly and are consistently educated on proper protocols. 


Establishes and executes a clearly articulated strategic growth plan with accompanying profitability and operational goals. 

  • Work in conjunction with the Executive Chef to vet candidates for hourly kitchen positions  

  • Assist in scheduling kitchen trails and execute hiring and training new hires team according to standards for hospitality and culinary excellence 

  • Ensure all team members are appropriately trained to execute station properly, partnering with the Sous Chef team to make sure that all new hires are adequately trained before beginning their new role 

  • Provide continuous training and leadership to develop and grow the Sous Chef team

  • Hold all hourly employees accountable to all standards and practices, evaluating and/or following disciplinary procedure when necessary  

  • Ensure that all employees receive ongoing feedback, structured check-ins and annual performance reviews, for the Sous Chef team



Relevant Knowledge, Skills, & Ability: 

  • 3+ years of experience working in a similar volume-based business, hotel experience preferred

  • Ability to demonstrate discretion and leadership in complex employee relations matters 

  • Ability to embody, teach, and inspire our Family Values  

  • Proficient in POS System (Micros) 

  • Strong Computer Skills (Microsoft Office, reservations software, events/catering software)



    • 3+ years of experience in culinary leadership 

    • NYC Food Handler's Certificate

    • Demonstrated experience collaborating and communicating across all levels of an organization 

    • Demonstrated technical experience implementing people and organizational focused strategies and programs  

    Work Environment: 

    • Must be able to maneuver to all areas of the kitchen, including food and beverage areas. 

    • Requires mobility, prolonged standing, bending, stooping, and reaching.  

    • Must be able to taste and differentiate between flavors and aromas, and to respond to visual and aural cues.  

    • Requires hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity.  

    • Must be able to tolerate varying levels of stress, temperature, illumination, air quality and fatigue. 

    • Must be able to stand, reach with arms and hands, bend and stoop, kneel and crouch more than 75% of the time. 

    Language: English fluency and Spanish preferred, multi-lingual is a plus 

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