Executive Chef

  • The Truffles Group
  • Management
    • Full Time | 
    • Permanent
  • University Drive, Colwood, BC V9C 1H9
  • 1 position available
  • Accessible Employer: Yes
  • Open to International applicants with valid Canadian Work permits: Yes
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Posted on September 13, 2023

Job Description

Habitat Food Services is a from-scratch kitchen, cooking global cuisine. You will be leading a supportive and passionate team that works together to create delicious food with superior guest service. Our kitchen has an exciting blend of catering and a la carte cooking, offering an exciting work environment that promotes learning and offers opportunities to grow and develop.

The Executive Chef reports to the General Manager with support from the Truffles Catering Executive Chef, and supports them in the smooth running of front end and kitchen operations, upholding exceptional food quality and service at all times through meticulous attention to detail. The Executive Chef is responsible for maintaining the day-to-day functions of the front of house, kitchen and catering service, creating memorable guest experiences, improving productivity and operational profitability, while complying with all government regulations of health and safety.

The food services on campus currently includes a cafeteria / restaurant with both grab and go and call order options and catering services provided to internal university departments and external clientele. Currently open Monday through Friday 7.30am-2.30pm with some evening catering there is likelihood that those days and hours of operation would increase as required by the university. Revenues from the café and catering services are about 50/50.

Responsibilities & Qualifications

• Manages unit communication and execution of the food program and quality vision to all team members and leads by example. Reinforces the values daily and inspires the team to consistently achieve the highest standards of product and services at all times.
• Actively monitors and manages day-to-day operational and kitchen services, including the execution and catering event service standards, culinary quality management, sanitation, cleanliness and safety.
• Manages recruitment and selection, orientation, training and development initiatives, coaching, and performance management to promote a great company culture.
• Builds and maintains professional and positive relationships utilizing strong communication skills with all leadership and team members and within the university community at large.
• Manages day-to-day financial operations, controlling food cost and unit labour costs, maximizing productivity. Implements corrective action to ensure that operational standards and budgeted results are met or exceeded.
• Specific areas of responsibility will include staff scheduling, driving productivity measures, menu planning, certain financial and banking processes, oversight of catering events, purchasing, product development to deliver increased sales, profitability, and an exceptional guest experience.
• Conducts research on culinary trends and coordinates with the General Manager & Truffles Catering Executive Chef for the development of creative menu offerings, ensuring market leadership and guest satisfaction, and inspiring the team with a passion for food.
• Ensures that standard recipes and plating manuals with photos and techniques for food preparation and presentation are in place and being followed by all kitchen team members to maximize efficiencies, drive productivity, and deliver improved profitability through established best practices.
• Follows proper ordering, inventory, and receiving procedures to maintain adequate inventory levels, manage costs, and minimize losses, while achieving planned cost of goods.
• Supports the General Manager to review monthly, quarterly, and annual financial results, and identifies and initiates corrective action to ensure that budgeted results are met or exceeded, including month end inventory and financial accounting.
• Maintains positive supplier partner relationships and represents the business with the highest level of integrity within the community.
• Updates job knowledge by remaining aware of new operational and leadership processes, government regulations.

Education, Skills and Qualifications:
This position requires a solid combination of business management, with industry related culinary and catering knowledge, and strong communication and leadership skills.

• Previous Executive Chef or Sous Chef experience in a similar environment.
• Passion for food and culinary excellence.
• Effective communication skills.
• Experience of catering events / banqueting desirable.
• Driver’s licence required.
• Red Seal certification desirable.
• Very hands on and motivates by setting the example.
• Discipline, vision, and highly organized.
• Food Safe Level 2.
• Computer and technology systems knowledge and proficiency

Other Perks/Benefits

 Locally owned & operated for 30+ years  Competitive wages  Competitive extended health & dental  RRSP matching  Paid volunteer days & charitable donation matching  Anniversary bonuses  Education & tuition reimbursement  Annual health & wellness reimbursement  Product & staff discounts to all our brands  In-house training & certifications  Opportunity for growth & advancement/leadership development  Refer a friend… we’ll pay you!  FUN working environment – lots of team engagement initiatives and annual parties  Respectful & inclusive culture

Job Application Process

Our ideal candidate has a passion for our culture, our brands and being an active member of our team. If this position sounds like a great fit for you, please send us your resume and cover letter!

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