How to write an Executive Chef job description

Your job description is the first touchpoint between your company and your new hire. With millions of people searching for jobs on Indeed each month, a great job description can help you attract the most qualified candidates to your open position. To get you started, here are some tips for creating an effective job description.

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What does an Executive Chef do?

An Executive Chef creates and maintains a restaurant’s menu and identity. From recipe development to execution, Executive Chefs take the lead and ensure that food is prepared properly, safely, and tastily. An Executive Chef often manages the kitchen operations of direct reports, like sous chefs and line cooks.

Executive Chef job title

A great job title typically includes a general term, level of experience and any special requirements. The general term will optimize your job title to show up in a general search for jobs of the same nature. The level of experience will help you attract the most qualified applicants by outlining the amount of responsibility and prior knowledge required. And if your position is specialized, consider including the specialization in the job title as well. But avoid using internal titles, abbreviations or acronyms to make sure people understand what your job posting is before clicking.

Examples of Executive Chef job titles

  • Executive Chef
  • Executive Chef (5+ Years’ Experience)
  • Corporate Executive Chef
  • Executive Chef (Full-Time)
  • Sous Chef

Executive Chef job summary

A great job description starts with a compelling summary of the position and its role within your company. Your summary should provide an overview of your company and expectations for the position. Outline the types of activities and responsibilities required for the job so job seekers can determine if they are qualified, or if the job is a good fit.

Example of an Executive Chef job summary

If you are passionate about the restaurant industry and have previous kitchen experience, then we want to hear from you. Our busy eatery is experiencing rapid growth, and is in need of a hard-working, self-motivated Executive Chef to join our team. The Executive Chef will manage the kitchen, develop menus and create delectable recipes. The ideal candidate for this position is creative, enthusiastic and passionate about food. Those with previous industry experience and knowledge of American cuisine are encouraged to apply.

Executive Chef responsibilities and duties

The responsibilities and duties section is the most important part of the job description. Here you should outline the functions this position will perform on a regular basis, how the job functions within the organization and who the job reports to.

Examples of Executive Chef responsibilities

  • Purchase food and supplies from vendors approved by the company and monitor inventory
  • Develop menus and item pricing
  • Ensure that the kitchen and surrounding areas are sanitized and clean in accordance with company standards and health code regulations
  • Hire, train and supervise kitchen personnel
  • Stay current on restaurant industry trends
  • Identify new culinary techniques and presentations
  • Assist kitchen staff with food prep and recipe creation

Executive Chef qualifications and skills

Next, outline the required and preferred skills for your position. This may include education, previous job experience, certifications and technical skills. You may also include soft skills and personality traits that you envision for a successful hire. While it may be tempting to include a long list of skills and requirements, including too many could dissuade qualified candidates from applying. Keep your list of qualifications concise, but provide enough detail with relevant keywords and terms.

Examples of Executive Chef skills

  • High school diploma/GED required (two-year culinary degree preferred)
  • 7+ years’ experience in an executive kitchen position
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current restaurant industry trends
  • Must possess culinary creativity
  • Strong knowledge of local, state and federal food sanitation regulations
  • Comfortable providing direction and supervision to kitchen staff

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