Job Description Template: Sous Chef

How to use this template: Expertly craft a post for the open Sous Chef position at your organization using this BambooHR job description template as a guide. Simply work with your hiring managers to customize each section to fit your company’s vision for this role.

Sous Chef Job Description

Full-Time | On-Site | Location

$50,000-$80,000 (Suggested salary range for this role per Indeed)

Why [Company]?

Introduce your organization in 3–5 sentences. This is the perfect place to explain what you do and why your company is a great place to work! For example, here's our bio:

Our mission is simple: we want to set people free to do meaningful work. People love our software—and it turns out that people love working here, too. BambooHR has been recognized as a "Best Company to Work For," and we're proud of our team for creating software that makes an impact in the lives of HR pros and employees all over the world.

About Your Role

Give a general overview of what this person will do at your company. For example:

As our Sous Chef, you’ll be an integral part of ensuring our guests enjoy high-quality dining experiences. You’ll assist the Head Chef with supervising the kitchen staff and operations to promptly deliver orders that meet our standards for presentation and taste. In this leadership position, you’ll be expected to bring fresh ideas to the table to help improve our menu selections.

What You'll Do

List specific job responsibilities. For example:

  • Assist the Head Chef and lead the kitchen in their absence
  • Hire and train kitchen staff to abide by safety and sanitation requirements
  • Manage the kitchen inventory to maintain a selection of fresh ingredients
  • Accurately measure ingredients and food portions
  • Carefully operate kitchen equipment (e.g., ovens, steamers, grills, warmers, etc.) and properly clean them
  • Cook dishes to proper temperatures and safely store food
  • Prepare meals to accommodate guests’ preferences and dietary restrictions
  • Improve existing menu items

What You'll Need to Get the Job Done

List what a qualified candidate needs to do their job effectively. For example:

  • Bachelor’s degree in culinary arts or high school diploma and extensive experience
  • 3+ years of experience as a sous chef or kitchen manager
  • Familiarity with health and safety standards
  • Excellent time management and ability to work under pressure
  • Strong attention to detail and leadership skills to train and motive kitchen staff
  • Proficiency in restaurant management software

What Will Make Us Really Love You

List the soft skills or "nice-to-haves" that will help your candidate be successful. For example:

  • Knowledge of diverse cuisines and cooking techniques
  • Recipe development skills
  • Experience building relationships with food suppliers and vendors

What You'll Love About Us

Describe your company's benefits, culture, work environment, and anything else that makes your organization stand out. For example:

Our company's mission and values are rooted in integrity and guide every aspect of our organization, from how we serve our clients to how we interact as a team. As we've grown throughout the years, our employees remain at the heart of our success. To show our appreciation, we offer a generous compensation package that includes the following:

  • Retirement: 401(k) plan with employer matching
  • Healthcare: Medical, dental, vision, and mental wellness coverage
  • Time off: Flexible PTO policy with floating holidays
  • Career development: Professional development reimbursement program
  • Discounts and complimentary meals: Generous discounts on menu items and free meals during shifts
  • Employee recognition programs: Recognition for outstanding performance, including bonuses
  • Employee referral programs: Incentives for referring new employees to the restaurant
  • Uniforms and cleaning services: Provided uniforms and assistance with laundering

More About Our Company

Add your equal employment opportunity (EEO) statement, a note about required background checks, and other things a candidate may want to know before applying. For example:

[Company] is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We're committed to diversity and inclusion. That means every candidate is evaluated based on their qualifications and merits. This assessment is without regard to race, color, or religious beliefs. It also excludes considerations of gender, sexual orientation, and gender identity. National background, veteran status, disability, or other reasons are not factors either. Lastly, a standard background check is part of our hiring process.

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