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Chef De Cuisine

Chicago, IL 60616

Posted: 05/06/2024 Country: US Job ID: 1997635 Salary: 100k/year - 130k/year State/Province: IL

Job Description

Chef De Cuisine- Chicago, IL


We are seeking a passionate, creative, and experienced Chef De Cuisine to lead our very well established Culinary team. Located in the heart of downtown Chicago our restaurant is dedicated to delivering exceptional dining experiences through innovative cuisine and impeccable service. The Chef De Cuisine will play a pivotal role in kitchen management, and maintaining the highest standards of culinary excellence within our Upscale, Fine Dining and Banquet Operations.

Key Responsibilities:

Kitchen Operations: Efficiently manage all aspects of the kitchen operations, including inventory control, ordering supplies, equipment maintenance, and ensuring cleanliness and safety standards are always met.

Team Leadership: Recruit, train, and mentor kitchen staff, fostering a collaborative work environment that encourages creativity and passion for food.

Quality Control: Ensure every dish served meets the highest quality standards in terms of taste, presentation, and freshness. Conduct regular taste tests and adjust recipes or techniques as needed.

Cost Management: Oversee the kitchen's budget, managing food cost, labor cost, and waste to ensure profitability.

Customer Satisfaction: Work closely with the front-of-house team to guarantee customer satisfaction, responding to feedback and adjusting offerings as necessary.

Vendor Relations: Maintain positive relationships with suppliers, sourcing the best quality ingredients while negotiating favorable terms.

Compliance: Ensure all food safety and sanitation regulations are followed, maintaining an immaculate inspection record.


Experience: Proven experience as a Chef De Cuisine, Exec Chef, or Exec. Sous Chef in a reputable High End/Upscale Restaurant, Hotel, Club or Culinary establishment.

Culinary Expertise: Extensive knowledge of various culinary techniques, cuisines, and kitchen equipment.

Creativity: A strong creative flair with the ability to innovate and adapt menus to meet trends and customer preferences.

Leadership Skills: Exceptional leadership and communication skills, with a track record of motivating and developing a high-performing kitchen team.

Organization: Excellent organizational and time-management skills, with the ability to multitask and work efficiently under pressure.

Education: Culinary school degree or equivalent professional training preferred.

Certifications: Relevant certifications (e.g., food safety certification) are advantageous.

What We Offer:

Competitive salary from $100K - $130K

Opportunities for professional growth and advancement

A dynamic and supportive work environment

Full Benefit Package to include 3 weeks of PTO the first full year, 7 Paid Holidays, Education Package for kids

If you are a culinary professional with a passion for excellence and a desire to lead a talented kitchen team, we invite you to apply for the Chef De Cuisine.

Join us in creating unforgettable dining experiences and contribute to our reputation as a culinary destination in Chicago, IL!!!

To Apply: Please send your resume to: jay@geckohospitality.com

Meet Your Recruiter

Jay Bush

Jay Bush understands hospitality in a holistic way because his career arc has been both broad and deep. With over 35 years of award-winning experiences in country clubs, restaurants and hotels, Jay has done world-class work in almost every role.

Prior to joining Gecko Hospitality Mr. Bush served as General Manager, Regional General Manager, AGM, Food & Beverage Director, Regional Director of Food & Beverage, Director of Restaurants, Restaurant Manager, Beverage Manager and Director of Housekeeping with Marriott, Hilton, HEI and John Q. Hammons. These properties ranged from 105 to 1229 rooms located at airports, in the suburb and  prestigious downtown locations with 4500-105,000 square feet of meeting space.

On many occasions, Mr. Bush has been recognized for his leadership accomplishments with sustainability while in Houston and volunteering with the Salvation Army, Make-A-Wish Foundation, Taping for the Blind and Helping a Hero Foundation.

Mr. Bush has been married to his wife Debra for 24 years and has two beautiful girls Xaja & Saxja. Jay is a die hard Oregon Duck fan as he grew up in Eugene and latched on to the Dallas Cowboys at an early age. He attended both Washington State University and the University of Oregon.

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