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Chef De Cuisine

Apply now Posting #: 4197
Position Status: Full-time regular
Location: San Diego
Position Type: Administrator, Dining Services

Position Title & Department:

 Chef De Cuisine; Dining Services
Posting #


Department Description:

Join the University of San Diego culinary team! Be an integral part of our award-winning, nationally recognized culinary program. We are proud to provide 2.5 million meals each year for our campus community of over 8,000 students, in addition to faculty, staff and visitors. Our diverse portfolio of dining locations and services includes; a full service restaurant and pub, retail outlets (four cafes and a coffeehouse), a market and deli, a food court featuring an array of global cuisine, outstanding catering services, athletic concessions at multiple locations, and food service for the child development center.

USD Catering is proud to be the university's exclusive caterer. Their nationally recognized, award-winning program delivers excellence and quality. Whether a function is a continental breakfast for fifteen, a gala dinner for a thousand, or anything in between, they will deliver a caliber of food and service that is sure to please.

University Description:

The University of San Diego, a contemporary and engaged Roman Catholic institution, was founded by the Diocese of San Diego and the Society of the Sacred Heart in 1949. Governed by an independent board of trustees since 1972, USD remains committed to a liberal arts education grounded in the Catholic intellectual tradition and the pursuit of truth, goodness and beauty. Inspired by this centuries old tradition of Catholic higher education, the University welcomes people of all faith traditions and any, or no, religious background. The future success of USD relies on the contributions of those who seek to foster the development of engaged global citizens and an earnest confrontation of humanity’s urgent challenges.

Detailed Description:

The University seeks an individual with a strong interest in working in a mission-driven, faith-based institution. The role of the Chef de Cuisine in working with the campus community and the responsibilities of the position are significantly tethered to the university’s contemporary Roman Catholic mission.

The Chef De Cuisine/Sr. Production Manager oversees all culinary operations for the centralized kitchen. The position is responsible for the organization, coordination, and supervision of the preparation of food production, maintenance of quality standards and/or portion control, and the maintenance of sanitation and safety standards. The Chef De Cuisine/Sr. Production Manager is responsible for training, coordinating, and evaluating the work of the production staff. This position is responsible for assisting in purchasing, recipe, and product development. They will assist in the development of departmental goals. The Chef De Cuisine/Sr. Production Manager will provide support for a Hospitality/Dining Operation in one or more of the following areas: Plan, develop, and supervise a production/culinary team using a comprehensive menu management program. Ensure overall consistency and high quality across the various operations; plan menus based on such factors as market trends, customer preferences, and nutritional considerations; design recipes, determine appropriate ingredients and specify individual serving portions for each recipe. Develop menus in accordance with consumer tastes, nutritional needs, ease of preparation, and established procedures and budgetary constraints; participate in other menu planning activities to include the determination of purchasing specifications, product, and recipe testing, and menu development.

Staff Supervision /Leadership 

  • Exercise administrative supervision over chef leads, chefs, chef assistants, cooks, bakers, custodians, and other Dining service staff including Part-time staff and student employees engaged in culinary operations.
  • Develops and implements all schedules.
  • Serves as a leader for employees while fostering teamwork, employee morale, motivation, and open communication.
  • Knows and follows all University and Dining Services policies and procedures; instructs staff regarding Dining Services policies.      
  • Assures compliance with the dining services policies and procedures.     
  • Informs employees of the policy and procedural changes.     
  • Conducts new employee orientation for kitchen staff.   
  • Teaches employees non-negotiable standards of performance.     
  • Develops and conducts individual and group training sessions and gives instruction to employees to meet job requirements.   
  • Able to operate kitchen equipment and train others on its proper use. 
  • Responsible for the direction, supervision, training, and evaluation of cooks, custodians, students, and part-time staff.     
  • Sets leadership example by a willingness to work on all job tasks.   
  • Provides opportunities for staff development.   
  • Develops and implements programs for employee recognition.     
  • Delegates assignments as appropriate and follows up to ensure that work is accurate and complete.   
  • Responsible for the smooth flow of work, communication, and ideas through a congenial, caring, and supportive attitude.   
  • Takes corrective action to ensure acceptable employee performance and provides both positive and corrective feedback to employees regarding performance.
  • In conjunction with the director assists in the recruiting, interviewing, and selection of new employees.

Food Quality and Guests Experience 

  • Supervises and ensures the quality and quantity preparation of all menu and specialty items.  Acts as a working supervisor for all items.
  • Responsible for the development, planning, and facilitating of menus as well as special meals.
  • Assists in the ongoing review and upgrading of service, product, and menus.
  • Maintains consistent high-quality standards.
  • Assures that all foods are attractively garnished and appropriately displayed.
  • Ensures that products are not held longer than established holding times.
  • Services customers/ guests with the appropriate sense of business urgency to provide quality service.
  • Reports feedback from customers to management or responds directly as appropriate. Serves as a representative of the University, displaying courtesy, tact, consideration, and discretion in all interactions with the university community and its guests.
  • Checks production sheet
  • Maintains daily communication with appropriate staff to adjust production according to changes in guarantees.
  • Determines correct methods of preparation and instructs staff on correct methods. Ensures products are made to specification. Reviews recipes for variance in the finished product, including yield, appearance, taste, and texture; takes corrective action as needed and communicates feedback to staff.
  • Coordinates and instructs staff in appropriate sequential production time frames for maximum quality control.
  • Ensures proper product portioning. Responsible for the timely delivery of food to event location; oversees planning and transporting of product to off-premise locations. 
  • Coordinates with management for use of space and coordination of production preparation.
  • Responsible for proper storage and utilization of leftovers. 
  • Ensures proper rotation and storage of all products.

Operations/Financial Management       

  • Conducts monthly inventory.
  • Coordinates and orders food and supplies and, as assigned, small equipment for catering.
  • Works from bids to assure best buys.     
  • Develops strategic plans for food preparation in non-kitchen venues including the rental and organization of field kitchens.   
  • Forecasts proper quantity preparation for each item served.   
  • Coordinates completion of daily production records with staff.     
  • Researches, develops, tests, and costs new recipes and menus to assure that they meet departmental standards and are cost effective.     
  • Attends weekly/daily production meetings.     
  • Analyzes and evaluates productivity in assigned areas and takes effective action to maximize the use of the equipment and labor hours.       
  • Reviews manpower needs, evaluates labor costs, and proposes new staff positions as needed.     
  • Responsible for the accuracy of payroll hours for part-time and full-time kitchen staff.       
  • Analyzes emergency situations such as staff shortages, product failures, and equipment failures and provides timely solutions to problems.   
  • Controls expenses to ensure financial goals.   
  • Develops specialty menus to meet customer expectations for quality and presentation as well as budget parameters for events.     
  • Researches recipes to meet both theme events as well as production considerations, especially in off-premise venues.
  • Works directly with customers and management on special event planning.     
  • Envision, plan, and creates plate presentation, buffet display, and food design with an eye to color, shape, texture, and dimension.   
  • Assists with establishing and maintaining departmental goals     
  • Assists in the evaluation, development, and implementation of proper policies and procedures for all areas.

Safety and Sanitation

  • Continually maintains and trains the staff in sanitary practices and procedures Ensure compliance with all state and county health department and safety regulations and maintains high standards of sanitation as a unit priority.
  • Knows and administers the hospitality/dining Services Illness and Injury Prevention Program.
  • Organizes all production areas to ensure ease of operation.
  • Conducts preventative maintenance inspections and ensures that routine maintenance is performed. 
  • Implements and maintains proper safety and sanitation standards in the workplace. Responsible for employee development and training in proper safety and sanitation methods and techniques. Verifies employee sanitation and hazmat certification. 
  • Ensures that all staff knows the location of fire extinguishers and Ansul System pull stations and their proper use.
  • Responsible for the security of the kitchen and kitchen areas on campus under the chef’s direct control.
  • Coordinates and maintains cleaning schedules for full-time and part-time production employees.
  • Assists in the coordination and supervision of major clean-up and shut down periods. 
  • Responsible for the timely reporting of all accidents and/or injuries, following proper procedures.

General Duties

  • Serves as a member of the unit leadership team and collaborates on program enhancement. Strives to improve and streamline departmental operations through the continuous assessment of guidelines and procedures, work processes, and program effectiveness/value.
  • Participates in administrative staff meetings in order to assist in long-range unit planning activities.
  • Prepares report as required. Participated in professional organizations, conferences, and training activities, representing the department as required or assigned.

Special Conditions of Employment:

The University of San Diego is requiring all employees to follow our Covid-19 vaccine requirement process. https://www.sandiego.edu/onward/ 

  • Must be able to work a varied hourly work schedule including evenings, early mornings, weekends, and holidays.
  • Must be able to work a flexible schedule to accommodate intersession and summer conference business.
  • Must have excellent personal hygiene because of contact with food and food products.

Background check:  Successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

Degree Verification Requirement: Persons offered employment in this position will be required to provide official education transcripts for degree verification purposes. 

Job Requirements:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must have a degree in Culinary Arts or Bachelor's degree in institutional management, nutrition, dietetics, or hotel and restaurant management.
  • At least four years of culinary/food service experience.
  • At least 5+ years of supervisory experience in a high-volume food production environment.
  • Multi-unit Supervisory experience preferred
  • Strong leadership and oral and written communication skills are required
  • A proven track record of successfully controlling costs and managing annual budgets Experience with a computerized menu management system and knowledge of office and industry software applications is necessary.
  • Ability to work flexible and demanding hours.

Performance Expectations: Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:

  • Demonstrate responsible management, administrative and supervisory experience in commercial or university catering operations
  • Proven problem-solving ability, to define, propose and implement effective solutions 
  • Demonstrate commitment to high quality in food procurement, production, and services 
  • Proven ability to work effectively in a strong, service-oriented environment with frequently changing priorities and deadlines
  • Proven skills in a staff organization, workflow, use of controls, and personnel management.
  • Ability to effectively delegate responsibility
  • Ability to prioritize assignments and complete work in a timely manner
  • Good time management skills
  • Strong written and oral communication skills and the ability to direct, motivate, and counsel staff Strong public relations skills. Able to work multiple functions. Ability to work with and cooperate with a variety of people in a helpful manner
  • General knowledge of accounting procedures, including costing and pricing menu items 
  • General knowledge of safety and sanitation procedures
  • General knowledge of inventory techniques
  • Ability to function effectively in a university environment 
  • Ability to work effectively as a team member as well as independently, demonstrating initiative and creativity.
  • Considerable knowledge of proper cook times, temperatures, and procedures
  • Strong Culinary background with thorough knowledge of classical and modern cooking methods and techniques.
  • Thorough knowledge of equipment and tools listed below and preventive maintenance techniques.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:

  • Must complete ServSafe Food Safety Certification Class
  • Must complete the University’s hazard communication program
Posting Salary:

Commensurate with experience; Excellent Benefits

The University of San Diego offers a very competitive benefits package including; medical, dental, vision, a retirement contribution given to you by the University, and access to on-campus Fitness Centers.  Please visit the benefits section of our website to view all of the perks and benefits that USD has to offer.  USD: Human Resources: Benefits

Education: Tuition opportunities supporting the education of employees and eligible dependents. Professional development. Culinary Institute of America Accredited Trainings.

Job Tools: Advancement opportunities. Complimentary tasting meals. Uniform, including (slip resistant) shoe reimbursement, provided.

Attractive Shifts: Minimal late night hours. Ten paid holidays. No Christmas Day or New Year’s Day shifts.

Discounts: USD Torero Store, Bartell Hotels, local event tickets. Free tickets to most USD sporting events.


Special Application Instructions:
Resume and Cover Letter Required

Click Apply Now to complete our online application. In addition, please upload a cover letter and resume to your application profile for the hiring managers’ review.  If you have any questions or difficulties please contact the Employment Services Team at 619-260-6806, or email us at jobs@sandiego.edu

Additional Details:

Hours: 40 hours per week

Closing date: Open until filled

Note: External job postings will be up for at least five days. After that time, applications will be reviewed by the hiring manager/committee throughout the posting period. A candidate may be selected at any time which could then close this posting on a date earlier than listed.

The University of San Diego is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the campus community.

The University of San Diego is a smoking and tobacco-free campus. For more information, visit www.sandiego.edu/smokefree.

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