Compass Group, North America EXECUTIVE CHEF in SMITHFIELD, Virginia

Want to influence a generation? How about working in a place where you know you make a difference? Try one of our 4000 public and private school locations managed by Chartwells School Dining Services. That’s about 1.6 million young students we provide meals and food service for each day. Eat. Learn. Live exemplifies Chartwells’ promise and philosophy that nourishing students is not only our business; it’s our commitment to the communities in which we serve.

Job Summary

Working as the Executive Chef you are department head for culinary operations of a K-12 school district account. You will ensure efficient, safe and sanitary food production, preparation and presentation. You are responsible for handling, preparation and storage of perishable products. Duties also include menu development, inventory, purchasing, labor and food cost controls, maintaining sanitation standards, and personnel management to include hiring, coaching, counseling, training and developing. Additional responsibilities include but not limited to the following:

Key Responsibilities:

  • Plans nutritionally sound menus that comply with federal, state, and local regulations.

  • Develops and implements a menu system to maximize use of USDA foods.

  • Participates in employee meetings and training programs

  • Conducts safety, sanitation and maintenance programs

  • Maintains food cost while ensuring quality standards

  • Maintains an active role in managing team developments

  • Manages purchasing and inventory controls

  • Performs related duties and special projects as assigned

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Degree in Culinary Arts is preferred or equivalent professional experience

  • K-12 culinary experience is preferred

  • Knowledge of state and federal food standard guidelines that apply to the K-12 market

  • 7-10 years progressive culinary management experience

  • Must possess at least seven years in menu development

  • Self-starter, innovative and ability to multitask

  • Maintain a positive attitude under pressure and motivate team

  • Must be knowledgeable on HACCP controls along with proper storage and use of food

  • Knowledge of budgets, labor costs, inventory controls

  • Strong leadership, coaching and training skills

  • Must possess a passion for excellence

  • Computer skills: proficient in Microsoft Office

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Ability to lift, bend and carry up to 40 lbs.

  • Knowledge of safe and sanitary food handling principles

  • Conformity to the highest standards of personal integrity and ethical behavior

  • ServSafe or Department of Health certification a plus

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*Req ID: * 192265

Chartwells K-12