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Raquel Chears

Chef

Chicago, IL

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Culinary trained with a focus on scratch and batch cooking. Hospitality driven along with teamwork building. Great guest service and consistent food and beverage are the things that interest me.

Work Experience

Cook

Kelly High School
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Chicago, IL
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2011 to Present

full-time 
Prepared breakfast and lunch for up to two-thousand students daily. Used steamer, grill, convection ovens, mixer, and slicer to prepare meals. Rotation of food using FIFO, cleaning and sanitation of work spaces. Worked with recycle program for waste materials. Batch cooked for minimal waste. Second in command, responsible for back of the house. Assisted in passing all inspections. Portion control and production sheets.

Food Service Coordinator

Deborah's Place
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Chicago, IL
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2010 to 2011

full-time 
Prepared lunch and dinner meals from scratch using donated food. Acquired City of Chicago certification 
For food service, passed three inspections with 100%, inventory and ordering. Mentored community 
Service recipients, taught volunteers, and coached culinary externs. Scratch cooking and event planning and presentation. Worked with the mentally and emotionally challenged, addicts, and criminals. Responsible for safety in the kitchen and dining areas.

Senior Floor Manager

Freshii
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Chicago, IL
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2008 to 2009

full-time 
Functioned as salaried manager and trained as the director of compliance. Responsible for inventory, 
Ordering, opening, closing, standardization, sanitation, checklist, food costs, labor costs, end of day 
Reporting, cash register balances, firing, evaluations, catering, employee and franchisee training, 
Equipment, pertinent records and food service inspections. Worked with organic and inorganic foods. Worked with green products. Quick Service Retail. Supervised up to 20 employees

Head Cook

Sisters of Saint Casimir
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Chicago, IL
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2006 to 2008

full-time 
Acting supervisor in absence of kitchen manager, breakfast and lunch preparation, stock rotation and 
Deliveries, sanitation, new menu items. Scratch cooking and buffet style presentation. International cuisine. Baking

Education

Associates of Science in Culinary Arts

Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago

2004 to 2005

Associates of Arts in Liberal Arts

Harvey Community College

1989 to 1991

Additional Information

Skills 
 
Front of the House Classes, Sanitation, Ordering and inventory, teaching and training, batch cooking, 
Scratch cooking, trained as the Director of Compliance in a restaurant. 
 
Key Qualifications 
* Eight years of private and public food service Preparation 
* Buffet and Individual plating for 200 persons 
* Six months of Le Cordon Bleu Culinary Management classes on-line 
* Employee evaluations, skill development 
* Great body mechanics 
* Task/tool orientation and cutting techniques 
* Illinois Department of Public Health Certification 2015 
* Proficient in Word Perfect, excel, power point and oration 
* Respect hierarchy and colleague importance 
* Use education as a foundation of leadership 
* Incredible hospitality and excellence driven 
 
Raquel Chears 
10811 South Vernon Avenue 
Chicago, Illinois 60628 
1(312) 206-1436 cell 
1(773)660-0233 home 
raechears@yahoo.com 
 
Raquel Chears