Culinary Production Supervisor
RISD Dining is actively seeking several Culinary Production Supervisors to join its in-house dining and catering program. Be a part of the group that delivers exceptional hospitality by supporting local farms through seasonally-inspired menus, and utilizing the strengths of its staff to provide the absolute best in culinary artistry to the greater community.
While RISD Dining welcomes all applicants who meet the minimum qualifications for this role, we are especially interested in candidates who have advanced culinary education, as well as prior experience working in a commissary production kitchen and/or catering environment; creating, writing, and executing seasonal menus and using Menu Management systems; recipe testing and writing; and experience with authentic cookery of international cuisines, especially Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Indian, Middle Eastern, Spanish, and Latino.
Culinary Production Supervisors work with the Executive Chef to develop a wide variety of recipes and menus. Supervise the production of all recipes and ingredients needed for daily operation. Provide direction, supervision and leadership to culinary staff and utility personnel. Are an intrinsic part of the training program for new employee training and assists with on-going training in Dining venues. Maintain cleanliness of kitchen, including all preparation and serving areas, with strict attention to sanitation procedures. Actively participate in a team setting, with keen attention to customer service, culinary methods, ingredients, and presentation in support of Dining’s mission and core values.
In support of Dining and Catering’s mission and values, the incumbent may be called upon to perform any one or a combination of the following functions listed below:
- Responsible for pre-preparation work necessary to facilitate
production in a timely manner for meal periods and catering.
Responsible for hands-on production work and for efficiently
coordinating the work of others, including obtaining recipes,
preparing specific items, assuring that all necessary items have
been ordered and are on hand. Ensure culinary staff use and follow
recipes for production needs. Ensure recipes are accurate as to
ingredients, quantities, and methods; make necessary changes per
- Assign daily duties to culinary staff to ensure timely
preparation of items, anticipating customer volume and service
requirements. Ensure all health code procedures are followed
including but not limited to: temperature management, personal
hygiene and sanitation.Routinely evaluates menu offerings with
Executive Chef and others on the RISD dining team, evaluating
quality, overall appearance/presentation, seasoning, flavor,
nutrition and customer response. Glean customer and unit
satisfaction relevant menu offerings, merchandizing, station setup,
menu mix, presentation and service standards forall foods prepared
- Actively engage in the purchasing of food items, ingredients
and supplies; maintain accurate inventories and pars. Test new
products and make recommendations to Executive Chef and culinary
team. Stays current on trends in the industry, understands the
importance of cultural sensitivity as to international dishes, has
strong working knowledge of international cuisines, cookery and
- Actively provide over-site of maintenance and repair of
equipment within the kitchen and back of house. Enforces safety and
sanitation standards; develops and implements cleaning schedules,
daily checklists and SOP’s. Maintain daily cleanliness of all
cooking areas, equipment, refrigerators and freezers. Responsible
for day-to-day maintenance of daily log books; temperature,
production, cleaning and GRU’s.
- Serve as an intrinsic part of the training program for new
employees. Reviews all kitchen and production protocol. Reports any
short-comings in training to Managers. Provides on-going training,
inspiration and feedback for culinary staff. Conduct daily pre-meal
meetings to ensure all members of staff are familiar with what is
being served across all stations and communicated with as to
upcoming events, changes, feedback, successes and challenges.
- Conduct staff performance evaluations for culinary staff in
consultation with RISD Dining’s Executive Chef, create weekly
schedules, and manage vacation requests.
- Associates degree in Culinary Arts or equivalent combination of
education and experience.
- Three to five years of progressive supervisory kitchen
experience in a fast-paced, high-volume environment with rigorous
quality standards with the proven ability to effectively guide,
mentor, train, and onboard staff.
- Ability to actively reference classical culinary cooking and
preparation techniques, e.g. charcuterie, garde manger, sauce
production, meat fabrication, et al.
- Strong oral and written communication skills required,
including the ability to effectively communicate effectively with
diverse and multilingual populations.
- Strong ability to work independently and as a member of a
- Rhode Island sanitation/ServSafe certification is required or
must be attained within orientation and review period.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office software and other
Valued but not required skills and experience:
Preference for any one of, or a combination of, the following:
- Additional culinary education.
- Prior experience working in a commissary production kitchen
and/or catering environment.
- Creating, writing, and executing seasonal menus and using Menu
- Recipe testing and writing.
- Experience with authentic cookery of international cuisines,
especially Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Indian, Middle Eastern,
- A valid driver's license and safe driving record.
Full-time, 40 hours per week. Five days per week, hours vary. Coverage is seven days per week (two days off) while school is in session and can include daytime, evening, and weekend hours.
All dining and catering staff are considered essential personnel to the school and are therefore required to attend work even when the school is closed.
Employment Status (Temp, Term, On-call, etc)
Documents Needed to Apply
Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please upload all required documents.
The successful candidate will be required to meet our pre-employment background screening requirements.
For certain positions, RISD is currently supporting remote work arrangements due to the pandemic. When work resumes in person, employees are expected to perform work on campus.
RISD recognizes diversity and inclusivity as fundamental to its learning community and integral to an art and design education. We welcome candidates whose experience has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. RISD is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetics, or any other protected characteristic as established by law.
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