Job Description

Restaurant Associates

Position Title: Executive Chef

Reports To: VpP of Operations

Salary: $125,000 to $150,000

Other Forms of Compensation:

Become part of Restaurant Associates, the industry’s leading provider of dining and event catering for some of the nation's most prestigious museums, performing arts centers and corporations! Voted Glassdoor's Employee Choice Awards- Best Places to Work in 2021, This is R/A !

Job Summary

Working as an Executive Chef, you are responsible for overseeing all culinary functions for a dining account. You will manage and lead a team of associates and oversee all safety and sanitation as it pertains to the account. Additionally, as part of the culinary team, you will be responsible for the following:


Some of the key duties and responsibilities of this role will require (but is not limited to):

- Plan and develop innovative, high-quality recipes and menus tailored to the unique needs of each event which will include seasonal (four times per year), themed and custom menus that excel in taste, quality and presentation (ie. plating).
- Oversee and lead the day-to-day kitchen operations for all culinary staff including the Executive Sous Chef and Lead Banquet Chefs.
- Develop daily prep lists and assignments for all full service catering production.
- Manage and mentor kitchen staff, providing guidance, training, and support to maintain a cohesive and skilled team.
- Set the culinary staffing schedule.
- Lead pre-shift team meetings and attend weekly team meetings to review upcoming events.
- Maintain strict adherence to food safety and sanitation standards, ensuring compliance with all relevant regulations.
- Monitor inventory levels, control food costs, and minimize waste while upholding the highest standards of ingredient quality.
- Work closely with our Sales team, event managers, leadership team and other relevant teams to coordinate the culinary aspects of events, ensuring seamless execution and client satisfaction.
- Oversee and leads tastings for all full service catering events.
- Uphold a culture of continuous improvement, fostering creativity and innovation in menu development and kitchen operations.
- Lead prep cooks and event chefs on site and at private/offsite events regularly.
- Perform excellent customer service at all times.
- Perform ad-hoc tasks as directed by the leadership team.

- At least three years of proven experience as a executive chef or executive sous chef (or combined) in a high-volume, high-end catering, restaurant or hotel environment.
- Strong culinary skills and a passion for creating exceptional dishes that showcase creativity and attention to detail.
- Exceptional leadership and communication skills with the ability to inspire, train and motivate a diverse kitchen team.
- Excel at project and time management and is highly organized.
- Ability to spot and resolve problems amongst the culinary staff efficiently.
- Working knowledge of various computer software programs (Apple, POS, BEO, Inventory based software systems)
- In-depth knowledge of food safety regulations and best practices for maintaining a safe and sanitary kitchen environment.
- Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic work environment, with a strong focus on quality, consistency, and efficiency.
- Culinary degree and/or relevant certifications are a plus but may be waived with relevant experience.

If you are a dynamic culinary professional with a passion for delivering extraordinary experiences and have a proven ability to excel in high-end catering or similar settings, we invite you to join our team and contribute to our continued success. Apply today and a member of our recruiting team will reach out with next steps!

Apply to Restaurant Associates today!

Restaurant Associates is a member of Compass Group USA

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Compass Group is an equal opportunity employer.  At Compass, we are committed to treating all Applicants and Associates fairly based on their abilities, achievements, and experience without regard to race, national origin, sex, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other classification protected by law.

Qualified candidates must be able to perform the essential functions of this position satisfactorily with or without a reasonable accommodation. Disclaimer: this job post is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all essential responsibilities, skills, tasks, or requirements associated with this position. While this is intended to be an accurate reflection of the position posted, the Company reserves the right to modify or change the essential functions of the job based on business necessity. We will consider for employment all qualified applicants, including those with a criminal history (including relevant driving history), in a manner consistent with all applicable federal, state, and local laws, including the City of Los Angeles’ Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance, the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, and the New York Fair Chance Act. 


Associates at Restaurant Associates are offered many fantastic benefits.

  • Medical
  • Dental
  • Vision
  • Life Insurance/ AD
  • Disability Insurance
  • Retirement Plan
  • Paid Time Off
  • Holiday Time Off (varies by site/state)
  • Associate Shopping Program
  • Health and Wellness Programs
  • Discount Marketplace
  • Identity Theft Protection
  • Pet Insurance
  • Commuter Benefits
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs)

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

Restaurant Associates maintains a drug-free workplace.

Req ID:  1320875

Restaurant Associates 

Gina Barbish 


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