Regional Chef

CareerBliss in Buffalo, NY

  • Industry: Hospitality - Food Services - Chef - Commercial Kitchen
  • Type: Full Time
  • $48,520.00 - 81,710.00
position filled
Our Exciting Work EnvironmentThe Regional Chef for Delaware North's Gaming Division will assume the senior culinary leadership position for all Gaming properties and will lead as a strategic partner to the divisions leadership team, implementing company Food & Beverage Standards and consistently striving to improve our culinary offerings across our Gaming properties nationwide. With regional oversight, manage food cost, kitchen labor costs, unit profitability as well as increasing compliance in the division. This leader will identify the development needs and opportunities of the culinary talent across the Gaming portfolio and leverage across the region.
In addition to the regional responsibilities, the Regional Chef for Gaming will be responsible for developing and driving one centrally led initiatives across the Gaming portfolio. Examples may include procurement programs, productivity initiatives around food and labor, innovation development within F&B and onboarding programs for new culinary talent.
This position reports directly to the Vice President of Food, Beverage & Hospitality for Gaming.
Position DetailsHow You Will Be Successful
You are adept at reading financial reports and can translate those trends into actionable results.
You'll be an inspirational leader for your team, nurture the next generation of chefs at Delaware North and keep the love of cooking in the kitchen.
You will support the Gaming divisions chef development by participating or facilitating the successful on-boarding of new chef's (assessing certification level required) and coaching, training and identifying written development plans for less experienced chefs. Participate or facilitate new hire practical's and ensure national standards are being followed in that region.
You will review, analyze and support the development of action plans for each unit as well as the divisions financial performance as it regards to food cost and kitchen labor cost. Support of troubleshooting and problem solving in culinary issues, consulting HR on employee related issues - ensure menu and product standards are followed at properties
You will lead planning and/or execution of VIP, opening, new business and other large events. Identify resources required, support and coordinate all aspects. Oversee business plan for culinary in new unit openings (new account) and ensure proper planning and integration across culinary and F&B

Gaming Division Business Objectives
Work with Gaming Leadership to establish division development goals, menu roll out targets and design implementation plan utilizing internal/external resources to accomplish stated goals and objectives.
Assist the Business Development team in the development of sales proposals and presentations.
Assist in strategic planning to retain at risk accounts.
Primary liaison between Gaming and the Culinary and Hospitality Council focused on driving key initiatives in cost and productivity, compliance and standards within the following areas:Food management process: master the menu, perfect purchasing, power up production and wipe out waste
Labor management process: smart scheduling, handle on headcount, wages that work and tackle turnover
Support all food and labor (with respect to culinary areas) related standardization and compliance initiatives
Ensures proper workplace safety, food safety; HACCP and sanitation programs are in place and are regularly monitored across the Gaming portfolio
Collaborate with the other Delaware North Subsidiaries to ensure best practices are identified and implemented.
Select and develop recipes as well as standardize production recipes to ensure consistent quality
Establish presentation technique and quality standards
Plan and price menus
Ensure proper equipment operation/maintenance, and ensure proper safety and sanitation in kitchen
You may cook selected items
You may oversee special catering events and may also offer culinary instruction and/or demonstrate culinary techniques
Directly leads/supports local culinary leaders with additional support for hiring, discipline, performance reviews

Review culinary vision with Executive Chefs as it relates to the over-all corporate focus, including, purchasing, labor management, sustainability, team development, operational structure, revenue enhancing initiatives, and standardization.
Support corporate team to insure all food and team safety initiatives meet or exceed corporate criteria
Support culinary leadership training programs, including recruiting and retention programs

Developing the Gaming Chef Team
Responsible for culinary and talent development at all Chef levels.
Provide consistent assessment of property executive chef performance and provide feedback and mentoring as needed.
Assume oversight for the development and execution of targeted culinary programs, events, reward and recognition programs.
Encourage a learning environment by ensuring our chefs are always training and teaching all levels of culinarians.
Create a passionate culture in which people love to cook and feed others - and experience that joy every single day.
Translate business trends into innovative menu dishes and specials that our chefs can execute to drive their business forward.
Train our culinary leaders how to efficiently run the business, cook delicious food, and serve our guests.

Qualifications10 + years running high-volume, multi-unit operations with high food quality standards and strong financial performance.
The ability to manage in a diverse environment with focus on client and customer services is essential to success in this role.
Previous experience with control food & labor cost, demonstration cooking, menu development and pricing and development of culinary team preferred.
Possess the culinary technical skills indicative of a senior leader of a multi-million-dollar F&B leader.
Possess proven track record in managing down food and labor cost while exceeding quality and presentation objectives.
Demonstrate the ability to create profitable menus grounded in insights and analytics.
Demonstrate the ability to understand the dynamics of multi-unit and multi-business operations.
Demonstrate a strong aptitude for leadership, communication skills, personnel development and training.
Exhibit an aptitude and track record of being able to influence others without formal authority.
Have an understanding of corporate hierarchy and corporate support divisions and working in matrix environment.
Be willing to travel up to 70%-75% of the time.
Project a high level of maturity and leadership skills.
Manage projects to meet objective, budget and timeline goals.
Strong work ethic and an obsession for getting the job done well.
Ability to problem solve in situations involving many moving parts.
Creativity, an open mind.
ACF and ProChef Certifications preferred

Who We AreAt Delaware North, you'll love where you work, who you work with, and how your day unfolds. Whether it's in sporting venues, casinos, airports, national parks, iconic hotels, or premier restaurants, there's no telling where your career can ultimately take you. We empower you to do great work in a company with 100 years of success, stability and growth. If you have drive and enjoy the thrill of making things happen - share our vision and grow with us.
Delaware North Companies, Incorporated and its subsidiaries consider applicants for all positions without regard to race, color, religion, creed, gender, national origin, age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other legally protected status. Delaware North is an equal opportunity employer.
Associated topics: deli chef, kitchen, lead, pastry, prep chef, salad chef, service manager, sous, sous chef, sushi

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