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Hotel. Casino. Private Club. Resort. Vacation Club. Restaurant.

Executive Chef

Downers Grove, IL 60515

Posted: 06/06/2024 Country: US Job ID: 2255541 Salary: 115k/year - 130k/year State/Province: IL

Job Description

Executive Chef


Position: Executive Chef

Location: Chicago


About Us

Our upscale boutique hotel offers a unique, luxurious experience for our guests, combining timeless elegance with personalized service. We are dedicated to creating memorable culinary experiences that reflect our commitment to quality and innovation.


Job Summary

We are seeking an experienced and visionary Executive Chef to lead our culinary team. This role requires a dynamic individual with a passion for fine dining and a proven track record in high-end hospitality settings. The Executive Chef will be responsible for designing exquisite menus, managing kitchen operations, and ensuring exceptional guest satisfaction in our Restaurants, Bars and Banquet Space.


Key Responsibilities

  • Menu Development: Create and update seasonal menus that highlight local and international flavors, ensuring variety and creativity.
  • Kitchen Management: Oversee all kitchen operations, including inventory management, cost control, and staff scheduling.
  • Team Leadership: Train, mentor, and guide kitchen staff, fostering a collaborative and productive environment.
  • Quality Assurance: Maintain the highest standards of food quality, presentation, and hygiene, adhering to health and safety regulations.
  • Guest Experience: Collaborate with the front-of-house team to ensure a seamless dining experience for our guests, addressing any special requests or dietary needs.
  • Vendor Relations: Establish and maintain relationships with suppliers to source the finest ingredients and negotiate favorable terms.


Qualifications

  • Experience: Minimum of 7-10 years in culinary arts with at least 5 years in a leadership role at an upscale or luxury hotel with strong stability while overseeing multiple outlets
  • Education: Culinary degree or equivalent professional training.
  • Skills: Exceptional culinary skills, innovative menu planning, strong leadership, effective communication, and financial acumen t
  • Certifications: ServSafe Food Safety and Sanitation certifications required


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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