EXECUTIVE CHEF OPPORTUNITY AT IDLE HOUR COUNTRY CLUB
If you want to work at a progressive, family-focused club, in a great town to raise a family, look no further than the executive chef position at Idle Hour Country Club. This is an amazing opportunity for candidates with great leadership and culinary skills to serve over 1,000 member-families at this premier club in a location that has a great quality of life. This club offers it all: a variety of a la carte dining venues and kitchens, extensive banquet operations, multiple kitchens, a knowledgeable and tenured team, plans for kitchen renovations, and even a greenhouse!
Provides the highest quality product that is always prepared consistently based on set standards. It is imperative that everything that comes out of the kitchens receives a high level of scrutiny with regards to quality and consistency and is met with a high degree of member satisfaction.
Hires, trains, leads, manages, motivates, and directs kitchen staff to achieve the objectives set by the general manager, clubhouse manager, and EC. The EC creates the standards for kitchen policies and procedures, communicates these policies, and ensures that the policies are adhered to by all BOH staff. The EC leads by example and is very hands-on in all aspects of the operation.
Creates and updates menus at least seasonally while incorporating daily features. He or she develops, costs, and documents recipes and controls to ensure consistency. Creativity and variety are essential in planning menus and events for the members of Idle Hour Country Club. The EC should be well-versed in traditional “southern cuisine” while keeping up with current culinary trends and should be flexible and adaptable to making changes.
Always has a focus on using fresh, local ingredients in season. Innovative and creative buffet presentations are extremely important at Idle Hour Country Club. An interest in utilizing the onsite greenhouse would be welcomed.
Ensures that impeccable standards of sanitation and cleanliness are maintained throughout the kitchen always. The EC leads the back-of-the-house with regards to accident prevention, training and retention of staff as well as sanitation and safety controls. He or she must possess a high level of attention to detail in all facets of kitchen operations. The EC safeguards all food preparation employees by implementing ongoing training to increase their knowledge about safety, sanitation and accident prevention principles.
Is responsible for ensuring that all food is consistently outstanding – from traditional Idle Hour Country Club favorites to innovative offerings and special events throughout all dining venues. The EC understands that quality and consistency in producing and delivering the IHCC Chicken Salad is just as important to the member experience as producing a five-course wine dinner. The EC is responsible to ensure that the culinary team takes pride in the meals that they produce and approaches each item on the plate with equal focus.
Stays current on all culinary trends and is well-versed in accommodating a wide variety of food allergies and intolerances. The EC incorporates gluten-free items on the menu and trains all staff in the proper handling of gluten-free dishes and requests. He or she also has experience and an interest in healthy and tasty menu options.
Is the face of culinary operations and needs to be comfortable conversing and interacting in both the kitchen and dining rooms as he or she interfaces with multiple and diverse constituencies (members, staff, vendors, etc.) throughout the day. The EC is visible and approachable.
Plans and manages the employee meal program, providing quality and healthy options for family meal for Idle Hour’s 170 employees.
Is responsive to club and team member requests and strives to find creative ways to accommodate reasonable requests. He or she believes in the service philosophy: “the answer is ‘yes,’ what is the question?”
The EC is a team builder who mentors kitchen staff and develops a pipeline of talented and creative individuals by building on its reputation as an excellent learning and training ground for up-and-coming culinarians. The EC treats all staff with respect and, in return, requires that of the team. The EC works to ensure that a positive working atmosphere is maintained throughout all F&B operations.
Ultimately, the executive chef of Idle Hour Country Club is an important and positive face of culinary operations. He or she is an integral part of the overall success of the operation. The responsibility to lead this facet of the organization from a passionate, creative, supportive, progressive, and team-focused perspective is of critical importance for long-term success.
The successful candidate:
Has at least five years’ experience as an executive chef or as an executive sous chef at a larger club.
Earned a culinary arts degree from an accredited school and/or an ACF apprenticeship program.
Has Certified Executive Chef (ACF) or Pro Chef (CIA) certification.
Is ServSafe certified.
Is outgoing, friendly, and passionate about providing exceptional food and service.
Possesses strong and positive leadership and management skills.
Displays excellent oral and written communication skills.
Is effective at recruiting, training, and evaluating the culinary team.
Makes difficult personnel decisions in a timely manner and maintains a courteous, calm, and helpful attitude under pressure.
Is extremely organized to successfully manage and lead multiple a la carte and banquet venues simultaneously.
Has a successful track record of controlling costs, standardizing recipes, planning budgets and has the skills necessary to perform all kitchen tasks and train others to properly execute those tasks. The EC leads by example.
Must have computer skills including but not limited to Microsoft Outlook, Word, and Excel. Experience with Jonas POS software is a plus.
HOW TO APPLY
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Additional Salary Information: Salary is open and commensurate with qualifications and experience. The club offers an excellent bonus and benefit package including professional development and professional association membership.
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About Idle Hour Country Club by Kopplin Kuebler & Wallace
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