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Executive Chef

Company Name:Booker's Backyard
This position requires candidates to have a US work permit. Please do not apply if you are not legally able to work in the United States.
Position Description:Do you love putting a contemporary twist on All-American Classics?

Are you longing for a chance to build a great restaurant from the ground up?

Would you love to develop, teach and lead a high performing culinary team?


As the owner and operator of what will be Ithaca, New York's newest restaurant, I am looking for a culinary guru to lead my kitchen team and direct all culinary operations. My restaurant, called Booker's Backyard, will be opening in one month.

My goal is to hire a chef as soon as possible so we have time to fine tune opening menus, hire staff, polish the kitchen, and train.

Our company is a very employee centric enterprise and we focus more on the quality of our people than anything else. Our kitchen crew will have this same focus and we will commit an inordinate amount of time and energy to training and educating our staffs. The Chef will be expected to lead this charge and be a great coach, communicator, teacher, mentor and leader.

Our menus will feature All-American classics inspired by a marriage of Bourbon County cuisine and Coastal Maine backyard cooking. It's bourbon-braised short ribs or a Kentucky hot brown, flanked by vanilla poached lobster tails or our signature seafood pot pie. We will feature the same menu all day, seven days a week from 11am to 11pm, featuring a great selection of appetizers, homemade soups, crisp salads, creative sandwiches, bold entrees, and simple old fashion desserts. All prepared from scratch with fresh ingredients, contemporary techniques, and artful presentations.

As my culinary partner, it is assumed that the chef will have strong financial abilities and that food and labor costs will be managed obsessively. Equally obsessive will be our commitment to proper food safety and sanitation.

This is a great opportunity for someone who is wholly committed to the hospitality industry and someone who seeks an entrepreneurial adventure. If you are interested please email your resume and a cover letter outlining your leadership experiences and your ability to produce memorable plates.

Noted primarily as the home of Cornell University, Ithaca, New York is a vibrant and unique city in the heart of the Finger Lakes. Please tell us what you know about Ithaca and explain convincingly your desire to live and work in Upstate New York.

Detailed information including the full business plan will be shared with qualified candidates.

Company Profile:Freestanding, fully independent, family friendly upscale casual restaurant with an extremely relaxed atmosphere and unpretentious pseudo-gourmet all American classics.
Job Profile:
Position: Working Executive Chef
Start Date: Immediate
Job Category: Restaurant - Upscale Casual
Job Type: Full-time
Compensation: $60-75,000
Experience: 4 years
Education: Culinary Arts Degree
Job Location(s): Northeast, USA; ALL US; New York
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