This is an exceptional opportunity for a hands-on culinary and hospitality professional with fresh, innovative, and creative skills. Working as part of a cohesive leadership team, the Executive Chef will have management responsibilities for a full-service culinary program that includes upscale casual dining, banquet operations, varied member social events, and resort style concessions.
About the Operation and Position
The Club’s annual revenues exceed $7M with roughly 150 employees in peak season. Roughly $1.3M in food sales and $550K in beverage sales annually. 80% of sales are ala carte and Club events while 20% is banquet related. Two sous chefs and a staff of 15 report to the Executive Chef. The century old historic clubhouse features 4 separate kitchens including ala carte, a large banquet/prep, a busy pool house, and a small, but very popular Course Half-Way House kitchen. Ala carte service is provided to 3 distinct interior dining areas, a large Lakeside Patio, and poolside. Over 5000 square feet of banquet space is available in multiple private dining rooms.
The Club operates under a true general manager organizational structure. The executive chef reports directly to the Assistant General Manager who reports directly to the General Manager. Congress Lake DOES NOT employee the use of a Member House or Food Committee.
Working at Congress
While most clubs can be stiff and rigid, Congress Lake’s resort setting creates a laid back, unpretentious atmosphere for members and employees. Of course, we have strict standards, rules, and procedures to ensure first class service to our member owners, but the relaxed social atmosphere creates a true sense of a home away from home and our members truly treat employees as part of their family. From the perspective of our employment team, management is committed to giving our people the training and empowerment to provide our members the hospitality for which they expect. Congress Lake’s Core Values reflect our true culture and managing by these values maintains the culture. The Club’s leadership is committed to these values and to a healthy work/life balance for the management team.
We have uncompromising standards of Integrity, Respect, & Honesty
The Congress Lake Club is thoroughly committed to its employees first by providing a positive, fun, and hospitable work environment
We are part of the Congress Lake Club, not an employee of a department
We are disciplined in our adherence to details,standards, procedures, & policies
We understand we are in the Hospitality Business First & Foremost
We understand Hospitality is about HOW the Service we provide makes our members feel
INITIAL PRIORITIES OF THE EXECUTIVE CHEF
Provide new and exciting culinary experiences for members in both a la carte dining and member events.
Focus on delivering consistency and the highest quality in a la carte and banquet operations.
Gain the staff’s trust, as well as evaluate and continue to develop, train and mentor the culinary team while promoting fairness and consistency within.
Find and maintain a balance among member dining needs from classic country club fare to new, innovative dining options. The executive chef will need to offer menu options that appeal to tenured members as well as newer, more active, younger members and provide creative plate, buffet and action station presentations as well as provide value to the membership.
Evaluate and set appropriate and necessary standards of operation, execution, and delivery within the culinary operation, taking ownership of the entire experience from production to timing to final delivery of end product, while working in conjunction with the FOH management team to meet the goal of member hospitality.
Learn members’ names and culinary and dining preferences. Listen to the members in order to meet their requirements and learn what matters most to them. Earn member trust by instilling confidence through continued enhanced operations and visibility. Being visible and approachable is an important aspect to this position.
Evaluate and set appropriate and necessary standards of operation, processes, execution, and delivery within the culinary operation, taking ownership for the entire experience from production to final delivery of the end product, while working closely and positively with the FOH team.
Meet budgeted food and labor cost by proactively monitoring and controlling food and labor costs.
Personal and Professional Qualifications
Personal traits: integrity, positivity, cooperative, patience, passion, and hospitality-oriented
A Culinary Arts degree from an accredited school or apprenticeship program or equivalent experience is strongly preferred
Significant upscale ala carte dining and banquet/event experience in a club or resort setting
Stable job history with a history of progressive career growth
Prior Executive Chef experience is highly desired; however, the Club may consider well-regarded and mentored executive sous chefs with strong and verifiable experience in leading high-quality culinary operations
Additional Salary Information: •Annual performance-based salary review
•Annual performance-based incentive opportunity
•Family Health insurance with a 22.5% employee contribution, supplemental insurance available for life, dental, vision, and other coverages
•401k plan with a 4% match (immediate vesting)
•Professional dues and annual professional development allowance
•Annual Paid-Time off and Sick pay
•Member Holiday bonus
About The Congress Lake Club
The Congress Lake Club is an exclusive private club unique amongst most country clubs. Located in the Greater Akron/Canton/Cleveland metropolitan area, Congress Lake was founded in 1880 and incorporated as the Congress Lake Club by its founding member, President William McKinley in 1896.
The Club boasts a resort-like setting encompassing over 1000 acres. Congress Lake offers the typical amenities of all high-end exclusive country club including a Donald Ross designed, and pristinely maintained, 18-hole golf course with extensive practice facilities; a 50,000 square foot century clubhouse; resort style swimming pool; 6 clay tennis courts and 2 platform courts; several dining outlets and banquet facilities; multiple bars; and 10 overnight guest suites.
Congress Lake may seem like a traditional country club, but it offers its member-owners something much more than just great golf and dining. It provides a resort lifestyle in their backyard for every family member regardless of age. The Club’s social events are non-stop including daily activities led by a Youth Director and team. The expansive property is centered on our private glacial lake. Boating, sailing, championship fishing,... and a full-service marina provide recreational opportunities for the 88 lakefront estate residents and 275 more non-resident members. Walking and hiking throughout the grounds and the neighboring State Park or enjoying a cocktail watching the sun set on the Lake, the Club provides our members with an escape from the city and the suburbs just minutes from their home.
About the Area
Congress Lake may be the last “country” club that is still in the “country.” While our location could seem remote to some, our regional area enjoys a great quality of life. Northeast Ohio is undergoing an economic and cultural renaissance. Downtown Cleveland, just a 45-minute drive from the Club, is receiving accolades for its diverse food scene thanks to a mix of traditional, ethnic, and creative chef-driven restaurants. Professional sports are abundant. The music scene is one of the best in the country, from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Severance Hall, and the Blossom Amphitheater in the Cuyahoga National Park to the many indie concert venues around the region. Several highly rated school districts are within a short drive from the Club. The general cost of living and housing are some of the lowest in the Country.