Executive Chef

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  • Position: Executive Chef
  • Place of employment: Sonnenalp Resort of Vail
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  • Type: full time
  • Minimum Experience: Minimum 10 years' experience in culinary; 4 years' experience as Executive Chef
  • Compensation: DOE
  • Date posted: January 9, 2019
Job Description:
"Exceptional People Creating a World Class Resort Experience" 

The Executive Chef is responsible for the effective management of all kitchens at the Sonnenalp Hotel, with a strong emphasis on Alpine (German, Swiss and Austrian) Cuisine.  The Executive Chef is responsible for maintaining an organized and well-staffed kitchen and stewarding department for all in-house dining establishments: Ludwigs Restaurant, The Bully Ranch, Swiss Chalet, Banquets, Pastry and Employee Dining.  In addition, the Executive Chef is responsible for keeping all equipment in good repair and maintaining all standards set by the executive management team.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
  • Interview, hire, train, and manage all culinary and stewarding personnel.
  • Review, evaluate and coach all kitchen personnel.
  • Direct and control the day to day operation of all kitchens, ensuring a high-quality product and minimal waste.
  • Preparation, design and creation of all menus, including banquets and daily specials.
  • Assist with the organization of food festivals and special culinary events.
  • Proper preparation and presentation of all food items in all restaurants.
  • Maintain the cleanliness and good working order of all kitchens, refrigerators and storage areas.
  • Maintain strict quality control on all food items.
  • Keep an adequate food inventory in all kitchens to insure an efficient operation.
  • Maintain the set standard at the employee cafeteria and ensure that healthy and attractive employee meals are prepared daily.
  • Ensure high level productivity and efficiency of the kitchen staff, schedule all kitchen employees according to business forecast and maintain a labor cost as set in the budget.
  • Keep the food cost in line with the budget.
  • Guide the Sous Chefs in training the Line Cooks and to help out on the line as needed.
  • Prepare, together with the Director of Food and Beverage, the yearly food revenue, food and labor budgets 
  • Propose food prices and new revenue ideas to the Director of Food and Beverage.
  • Evaluate products to assure that quality, price and related goods are consistently met.
  • Develop policies and procedures to enhance and measure quality; continually updates written policies and procedures to reflect state-of-the-art techniques, equipment and terminology.
  • Establish and maintain a regular cleaning and maintenance schedule for all kitchen areas and equipment.
  • Provide training and professional development opportunities for all kitchen staff.
  • Periodically visits dining area when it is open to welcome members.
  • Support safe work habits and a safe working environment at all times.
Education/Experience
  • Must have obtained basic chef training known as "cook apprenticeship" in Europe, or a BA degree in culinary arts from a US College or equivalent
  • Minimum 10 years of on-the-job culinary experience, of which at least 4 years are in the capacity of Executive Chef
  • Due to the very European Restaurants style portrayed, European culinary experience required, preferably in the Alpine region (Germany, France, Austria or Switzerland)
  • Hotel experience required, preferably in boutique-luxury hotels
  • Experience as Executive Chef in an international hotel preferred
Special Skills/Equipment
  • Must be fluent in English
  • Spanish, German, or French language fluency desired
  • Must have experience with Alpine (German, Swiss or Austrian) Cuisine
  • Must be skilled in the use of kitchen equipment
  • Ability to interact positively with supervisor, management, coworkers, members, and the public to promote a team effort and maintain a positive and professional approach.
  • Ability to produce a high volume of work in a timely manner, which is accurate, complete, and of high quality
  • Working knowledge of various computer software programs.
Essential Physical Requirements
  • Regularly required to talk and hear
  • Able to stand and walk for up to 10 hours
  • Use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and stoop kneel, or crouch
  • Occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds