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Chef - Full Time - Safari Park

San Diego Zoo Safari Park
Escondido, United States Posted: July 10, 2024

San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance is a nonprofit international conservation leader, committed to inspiring a passion for nature and creating a world where all life thrives. Empowering people from around the globe to support our mission to conserve wildlife through innovation and partnerships, we support cutting-edge conservation, and bring the stories of our work back to our two world-famous front doors — the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park — giving millions of guests, in person and virtually, the opportunity to experience conservation in action. The deep and extensive knowledge gained from more than a century of experience in wildlife care, health, veterinary services, nutrition and conservation makes us invaluable in the global effort to save species. Our team members play a crucial role in driving our conservation efforts forward and bringing us closer to a world where all life thrives.

  • The Chef is responsible for assigned kitchen and banquet culinary execution. This position reports to the Executive Chef.
  • Responsible for oversight of kitchen staff including but not limited to interviewing, hiring, scheduling, training, mentoring and performance management.
  • In collaboration with the Executive Chef, plans preparation and execution of special events, banquets and themed menus.
  • Responsible for execution of administrative organizational requirements up to but not limited to scheduling and payroll.
  • Collaborate with internal and external stake holders on menus and culinary event execution.
  • Successfully partners with Front of the House/Catering and Restaurant Management Teams.
  • Creates and implements new menus, standardized menu items and custom menu items for restaurants and banquets/catering operations considering current food trends.
  • Responsible for daily operations of full service restaurant, banquets/catering and commissary kitchen including accuracy in product ordering, forecasting and scheduling.
  • Develops best practice facility standards and provides guidance and performance expectations to meet DEH standards.
  • Ensures proper equipment is in place and functional.
  • Responsible for accurate recipe implementation and oversight of inventory activities.
  • Monitors inventory levels.
  • Ensures highest food safety standards including but not limited to correct food temperatures, conducting safety training, inspections and maintaining documentation to comply with federal, state and local food safety standards.
  • Partnering with Executive Chef to forecast labor usage for kitchen operations and food/supply costs.
  • Ensure safe working conditions, including high levels of food safety and sanitation.
  • Research new products with sustainability and conservation to implement in support of the organization's mission.
  • Flexible/Adaptable experience in a restaurant or banquets/catering kitchen with responsibility for food quality, overall production, management experience.
  • Experience in high volume, fast-paced kitchen operations ideally in both a restaurant and in offsite banquets/catering operations. 
  • Certified Culinarian (CC)-ACF Certification from an accredited culinary program or equivalent specialized training required. 
  • Knowledge of various styles of cuisine preparation and presentation.
  • Ability to work a flexible schedule at the direction of the Executive Chef in support of Full Service Restaurant, Banquets & Catering, Quick Service Stands/Restaurants on property as well as our Commissary Operations that supply food to a variety of our Quick Service Restaurants/Stands on property.
  • Effective supervisory and training skills for a large culinary team.
  • Strong working knowledge of banquets/catering operations and the overall food profession.
  • Strong working knowledge of policies and procedures based on the food guidelines and industry best practices.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead highly effective teams.
  • Comfortable using computers with working knowledge of Microsoft Office products and ordering systems.
  • Must be able to understand how to write and to read recipes and create custom menus.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple tasks in a high volume environment with competing deadlines.
  • Able to handle highly complex, fast paced situations with a high level of tact and diplomacy.
  • Strong working knowledge of team building techniques and successful application.
  • Strong working knowledge of food safety rules and regulations.
  • Able to communicate effectively (verbal and written). 
  • Free admission to the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park
  • Family Passes
  • Complimentary Tickets
  • Local and In-House Discounts
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Wellness Program
  • Be an ally for wildlife by joining our team!
  • At San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance, we thrive on celebrating our differences. Diversity is vital for the benefit of our team members, our guests, our community, and our wildlife.
  • All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, or other legally protected status.
  • If you require a reasonable accommodation to complete an application, please email your request to sdzwacareers@sdzwa.org and provide the job title and location to which you are applying.
  • As a Federal Contractor, San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance is required to participate in the E-Verify Program to confirm eligibility to work in the United States. 
  • San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance is a drug free workplace.
  • Salary Rate: $71,200 - $78,760

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