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Job Posting – Lead Chef

The Gathering Place Co-op is a unique cooperative of farmers and growers with a shared goal of providing sustainable ways to bring local food directly to the Northern Alberta region.   The Co-op offers locally grown produce, meats, breads, eggs and dairy products, both as commodities and as prepared meals.

We are looking for a motivated Lead Chef to lead the food service team, based out of our rural location North of Waskatenau Alberta.

The Lead Chef will manage a dynamic kitchen that will serve a retail store and online sales program, as well as a bistro.  This position is accountable for general oversight of the kitchen and ensures that quality, consistency and service standards are met/followed/in alignment with Co-op standards.  The Lead Chef controls and directs all food preparation processes and leads a dynamic food service team.

Specific Responsibilities:

Leadership of Food Service Team

  • Supports the recruitment and onboarding process of the food service team;
  • Organizes and directs day-to-day work of the kitchen; 
  • Oversees team performance and provides managerial support;
  • Maintains/signs off on attendance and payroll records; 
  • Ensures that training requirements are established and met, and supports training and/or development activities of the team; 
  • Monitors productivity, workloads and staffing structure and provides recommendations to the Board; 
  • Ensures compliance with all food/nutrition and sanitation regulations and safety standards;
  • Manages ordering and inventory of equipment, supplies and food.

Menu Development (Seasonal Menu)

  • Develops recipes and menus and carries out appropriate food costing; 
  • Ensures that seasonal menus provide variety, quality and maximize availability of seasonal ingredients;
  • Provides daily, weekly and monthly cost reports.  

Qualifications: 

  • Journeyman or interprovincial Red Seal Certificate is required, along with a minimum of 3-5 years experience as a Sous Chef, kitchen manager, or senior kitchen position;
  • Experience directing/leading a food service team;
  • Demonstrated experience planning menus, and coordinating orders and inventory;
  • Strong understanding of kitchen/food safety and sanitation requirements, and completion of Food Safety courses;
  • Extensive knowledge of menu costing, production and wage cost controls;
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills;
  • Current knowledge of culinary trends and optimized kitchen processes;
  • Preference will be given to candidates with meat cutting knowledge, and/or experience with baking and pastry.

The Lead Chef provides a high degree of culinary expertise to The Co-op and fosters an environment of cooperation and respect.  This is a leadership position that may require work outside of standard hours. 

The Gathering Place Co-op offers a competitive compensation and benefit package, commensurate with experience. 

The Gathering Place Co-op is located 5.5 miles north of the Hwys 28 and 831 intersection (North of Waskatenau). 

Please send resume and cover letter to: info@thegatheringplacecoop.ca  The posting will remain open until February 15, 2021. The Gathering Place Co-op thanks all applicants for their interest. 

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