Chef de Cuisine

Syracuse University
New York, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Feb 24, 2023
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Food Service

Job Title
Chef de Cuisine

Syracuse, NY

Pay Range
Commensurate with Experience

Staff Level

FLSA Status


Standard University business hours

8:30am – 5:00pm (academic year)

8:00am – 4:30pm (summer)

Hours may vary based on operational needs.

Job Type

Syracuse, NY

Unionized Position Code
Not Applicable

Job Description

With broad oversight and latitude for independent judgment, the Chef de Cuisine (Catering) will oversee the daily operations of the Syracuse University catering kitchen. Leading a team of approximately ten individuals comprised of union and non-union staff, the ideal candidate is a creative, energetic, emotionally intelligent, and engaged team leader who is adept at managing multiple priorities simultaneously while promoting exceptional customer service. The Chef de Cuisine will have proven technical culinary expertise, as well as the vision to execute and continually elevate the quality and variety of culinary offerings. With a strong work ethic and penchant for developing high performing teams, the Chef de Cuisine will coordinate amongst the Production Supervisor, Sales Manager and cooking staff to streamline ordering, production and execution to elevate the Catering Kitchen’s service excellence, particularly with respect to high-profile clients. Accordingly, the Chef de Cuisine must be a food industry professional that can execute creative concepts at a high level. Additionally, the Chef de Cuisine will be skilled at effective task delegation, communication and operating in a high-pressure, high-volume environment.


Minimum Requirements:
  • AAS in food services, or business management, and/or a combination of supervisory and catering food service experience equal to 10 years; OR
  • 5 years as executive chef at a privately owned restaurant overseeing at least 5-10 direct reports; OR
  • 3 years as executive chef at C&U, B&I or similar corporate food service operation.
  • Ability to execute fine dining and beverage service in a la carte and high-volume settings
  • ServSafe certification required (provided upon hire).
  • ACF certification of CC or higher
  • PCI or PCII certification from the CIA
Job Specific Qualifications
  • Candidate will be required to pass a timed market basket-based cook test.
  • Ability to maintain a valid NYS Driver’s license .
  • An understanding of Excel, Word and PowerPoint.
  • Additional computer skills with consideration of learning third party and internal systems and software.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, strong organizational and leadership skills.

Reporting to the Chef de Cuisine, provides broad oversight of all catering kitchen operations.
  • Oversee all catering events and monitor calendars from Catering software ensuring that all catering orders are met to the highest standards in quality and service
  • Ensure that food preparation is performed in a safe manner consistent with industry and regulatory standards.
  • Collaborate with the Sales Manager and Production Supervisor to ensure clear and effective transition of orders into execution.
  • Provide oversight and follow-up on unit-based opening and closing protocols e.g. ensure equipment shutdown; perform safety checks; building properly secured at closing; etc;
  • Provide audit functions pertaining to justification of inventory, and accountable for aspects of overage, waste, and inventory.
  • Inspect all Catering Operations, and other rented areas for event order accuracy before and/or during events and coordinating with Kitchen, Event & Operation personnel to accommodate all client needs and requests
With great flexibility to meet business need, provide engaged, emotionally intelligent leadership and innovative supervision:
  • Motivate and lead assigned team to achieve desired business results:
  • Promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in alignment with the University’s stated mission.
  • Manage, train, coach, supervise, schedule, evaluate direct reports, and promote professional development.
  • Provide guidance and direction to cooking staff in completion of duties.
  • Serve as a resource for staff questions or clarification on all aspects of the catering function including, but not limited to catering orders, food preparation, customer inquiries etc.
  • Provide weekend supervision as needed.
  • Participate in development of organizational talent and cross-training within areas of responsibility to position organization for growth and succession planning.
  • May provide off-property specialty event supervision and on location cooking and oversight.
Promote Service Excellence:
  • Build and maintain excellent client relationships and secure repeat business by ensuring exceptional guest services.
  • Provide creative and innovative catering solutions for all types of catering events.
  • Manage communication between clients and catering kitchen according to business needs.
  • Analyze and manage operational data to ensure operational performance and alignment of departmental priorities including supporting new product launches.
Crisis Management:
  • Diagnose functional area strengths and weaknesses and develop recommendations for improvement.
  • Define problems, collect data, establish facts, draw valid conclusions and solve problems in a timely and accurate manner.
  • Execute timely service recovery when needed.
  • Convey professionalism with the ability to lead, manage and communicate with all levels of the organization and its suppliers.
Culinary innovation:
  • Develop and test new menu concepts.
  • Organize tasting for new culinary products.
  • Assess and recommend culinary updates to leadership based on industry best practices.

Physical Requirements


Application Instructions

In addition to completing an online application, please attach a resume and cover letter.

About Syracuse University

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