Corporate Chef / Culinary Director - Cantonese
Portland, OR 97201 US
Corporate Chef / Culinary Director
Growing Restaurant Group - Cantonese Cuisine background preferred!
For nearly 40 years, our restaurant has been providing authentic flavors in a casual setting. Over the years, we have also become well-known for acoustic shows at night. We’re passionate about our food, and ways we can incorporate different influences into Chinese favorites. With new, vibrant ownership leading the way, the future has never looked brighter! To take our restaurant to the next level, we are searching for a Corporate Chef / Culinary Director who can modernize our kitchen and implement systems to further improve our location.
Position: Corporate Chef / Culinary Director
Job Description: Our Corporate Chef / Culinary Director will oversee all Back of the House Operations at our restaurants. The individual in this Corporate Chef / Culinary Director role should have a strong background with specs, procedures, and system implementation as this person will e responsible for implementing systems into our Back of the House. This Corporate Chef / Culinary Director candidate should have experience growing a concept and be able to lead our Back of the House teams through a growth period. This person will have a chance to make strategic menu improvements over time. The Corporate Chef / Culinary Director will ensure all food standards are upheld and proper recipe and plate presentation is 100%. This person will oversee the costing of recipes, development of flavor profiles, and execution of Manager training. He/she will make sure our restaurants are in compliance with local, state, and federal health safety laws. The Corporate Chef / Culinary Director will act as the expert for all culinary services and make recommendations for enhancing our culinary strategy. As a key member of a rapidly expanding restaurant group, the Corporate Chef / Culinary Director must be able to engage with all levels, inspire teams, and promote results.
- Minimum of 5-7 years of current Multi Unit Chef, Regional Kitchen Manager or Corporate Restaurant Chef experience
- Must have strong Chinese cooking experience to be considered for this role
- Bi-Lingual in Cantonese or Chinese is strongly preferred
- Outstanding culinary knowledge and ability to teach skills to subordinates
- Strong track record of developing, implementing, and maintaining recipes and food consistency
- Thorough knowledge of Food and Beverage costs, labor costs, and product cost management
- Ability to provide leadership and training for our Back of the House Managers
- Excellent work ethic and drive to succeed
- Background in developing cost conscious recipes and menus
- Culinary Degree a plus
This role is based in Los Angeles, California, and requires the candidate hired to move there. [Relocation package offered]
Michael Chamberlain-Torres, CPC
Executive Recruiter | Hospitality Division
Michael Chamberlain-Torres joined Gecko Hospitality in 2014. He is a dedicated and diversely equipped hospitality professional. Michael has worked with the J.W. Marriott, Double Tree by Hilton, and Wingate by Wyndham hotels, holding leadership positions in both the Rooms and F&B Divisions. He aims to build lasting relationships with clients and to give back to the community.
To compliment his industry experience, Michael holds a BSBA from The University of Denver (Major: Hospitality Management). He is also a Certified Personnel Consultant (CPC) and Certified Guest Service Professional (CGSP).
Hospitality and Tourism are both his personal and professional passions. He is an avid traveler who has visited over 50 countries. He enjoys cultural exchange, SCUBA, and gardening.
Michael assists Kevin Kalstad with our offices in the Pacific Northwest. He has been recognized by Gecko as a Top Performer on multiple occasions and is currently focusing on our Hotel/Resort/Private Club clients.