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Sous Chef Job Ad Template

What is in a Sous Chef's job description?

A Sous Chef is a skilled and confident member of the kitchen staff, with in-depth knowledge of kitchen operations, safety protocols, and some managerial skills. They will have a great holistic knowledge of stock levels, how to reorder stock, and how to arrange a staffing rota. 

Essential parts of a Sous Chef’s job description:

  • Sous Chefs will work closely with Head Chefs, Restaurant Managers, Kitchen Staff, and Porters to ensure food is prepared and delivered to customers in a timely manner and of high quality.
  • Due to their second-in-command position, they may also work directly as a manager to Kitchen Staff when the Head Chef is unavailable.
  • Sous Chefs will help to improve everything from the items on the menu to current kitchen processes, thanks to their expert knowledge and experience.
  • Typical employers include restaurants, hotels, cruise ships, and catering companies.

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Sous Chef Job Description Example

  • Be clear in your description. Know the tasks of the role and ideally who the candidate should be.
  • This means you won’t need to read through too many CVs to find your superstar.
  • You might be tempted to use bullet points in this section, but resist the urge! Tell a story, show off all the cool things they would be responsible for, and get them excited to apply.
  • You should be more focused on your company culture and what your mission is, instead of their daily tasks.

About the role

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Are you a skilled chef with the ability to confidently test, trial, and tweak recipes until they’re perfect? Do you have experience guiding a team to help produce the best quality cuisine possible? If you can answer these questions with a yes, as well as have an excellent understanding of food health and safety, we want to hear from you.

We’re looking to hire a confident Sous Chef with experience working with different culinary styles. You’ll be joining an expert team, working in a fast-paced environment to provide brilliant tastes and experiences to our customers. You’ll need to be confident with helping to lead the team, communicate with the Restaurant Manager to fix any problems that arise, as well as report and track stock levels.

You’ll perform frequent checks and fixes to keep the restaurant standards high and ensure best practices are followed.
Du bist ein erfahrener Küchenmeister mit der Fähigkeit, Rezepte selbstbewusst zu entwickeln, zu testen und zu perfektionieren? Du hast Erfahrung darin, ein Team zu leiten, um die bestmögliche Qualität in der Küche zu erreichen? Wenn du diese Fragen mit "Ja" beantworten kannst und außerdem ein ausgezeichnetes Verständnis für Gesundheitsvorschriften und Lebensmittelsicherheit mitbringst, möchten wir dich kennenlernen.

Wir suchen einen engagierten Sous Chef (m/w/d) mit Erfahrung in verschiedenen kulinarischen Stilrichtungen. Als essenzieller Teil unseres Expertenteams wirst du in unserem rasanten Tagesgeschäft hervorragende Geschmackserlebnisse für unsere Kunden kreieren. Du leitest das Küchenteam, kommunizierst und kooperierst mit dem Restaurantleiter, um auftretende Probleme zu lösen, und stellst die stetige Verfügbarkeit der benötigten Lebensmittel sicher.

Du führst außerdem häufige Qualitätskontrollen und Korrekturen durch, um die hohe Standards des Restaurants aufrechtzuerhalten und sicherzustellen, dass die bewährten Best Practices eingehalten werden.
  • This section is all about your candidate's experience and responsibilities. You should outline very clearly what they should expect from the job role, not from the company itself. 
  • You should use language that speaks to the candidate directly, use of “you”, “we” and “our” are all positives. 
  • Hard skills in this section are important, but don’t overlook the significance of soft skills, like communication and being a team player, these can make a huge difference to the way people work alongside each other and gel professionally. 
  • What do you believe in, and what are your core values?

Sous Chef Responsibilities

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The following points are simply examples of Sous Chef responsibilities. Please be sure to edit this list to properly match your company’s needs.

• Testing and trialling new recipes.
• Improving and maintaining current menu offerings.
• Reviewing and maintaining health and safety levels in the kitchen.
• Guiding kitchen staff to meet performance targets without compromising quality.
• Problem-solving any kitchen issues as and when they arise.
• Constantly assessing and improving kitchen processes.
• Attending frequent industry events for inspiration.
• Assisting with inventory checks and stock orders.
• Taking command position if and when the Head Chef is unable to.
Die folgenden Punkte sind lediglich Beispiele für die Aufgaben eines Sous Chefs. Bitte stellen Sie sicher, dass Sie diese Liste an die Bedürfnisse Ihres Unternehmens anpassen.

• Du entwickelst und testest neue Rezepte, um unser Angebot optimal abzurunden.
• Du stellst die Verbesserung und Aktualisierung des aktuellen Speiseangebots sicher.
• Du kontrollierst und sicherst die Einhaltung der Gesundheits- und Sicherheitsstandards in der Küche.
• Du leitest das Küchenpersonal an, und sorgst dafür, dass es die Leistungsziele ohne Qualitätseinbußen erreicht.
• Du löst alle Probleme in der Küche, sobald sie auftreten.
• Du verantwortest die kontinuierliche Bewertung und Verbesserung unserer Küchenprozesse.
• Du nimmst regelmäßig an Branchenveranstaltungen teil, um Food-Trends aufzunehmen und dich inspirieren zu lassen.
• Du unterstützt uns bei der Überprüfung des Inventars und der Bestellung von Vorräten.
• Du übernimmst das Kommando, wenn der Chefkoch verhindert ist.
  • This section is essential to finding the candidate with the skills and qualifications that will help them in their job role.
  • This should be clear and concise and set boundaries for submissions.
  • The more information you add to your skills section, the less candidates you’ll have to sift through to find the right one.
  • This would waste both your time and the potential candidate so avoid being wordy as much as possible. Think about what would be an essential part of this role, and what would the applicant need to be successful in the job?

Sous Chef Requirements

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Please remember, these are example Sous Chef requirements and may vary from your company’s actual needs. Be sure to review the list and make any adjustments where needed.

• About 3 to 4 years in a Sous Chef position or similar role.
• Proven experience with food safety training.
•Strong understanding of food preparation methods.
• Moderate level of experience with managing and guiding a team.
• Excellent team working ability.
• Rapid problem-solving skills.
• Proven experience with kitchen equipment.
• Culinary related degree would be an advantage.
Bitte denken Sie daran, dass es sich hierbei um Beispielanforderungen für Sous Chefs handelt, die von den tatsächlichen Bedürfnissen Ihres Unternehmens abweichen können. Überprüfen Sie die Liste und nehmen Sie bei Bedarf Anpassungen vor.

• Du bringst etwa 3 bis 4 Jahre Berufserfahrung als Sous Chef oder in einer ähnlichen Position mit.
• Du kannst einschlägige Schulungszertifikate für Lebensmittelsicherheit vorweisen.
• Du besitzt fundierte Kenntnisse über Lebensmittelzubereitungsmethoden.
• Du bringst Erfahrung in der Anleitung und Führung eines Teams mit.
• Du bist ein ausgezeichneter Teamplayer.
Schnelle Problemlösungsfähigkeiten sind deine Superkraft.
• Du bist erfahren im Umgang mit Küchengeräten aller Art.

Need inspiration?

Your job description will not attract talent all on its own. So when putting together your job post, be sure to show what it's like working at your company not just textually but visually!

  • Remember, attracting a candidate is just as much about your company culture as the job role itself. Make sure to include points that make you seem desirable too!
  • Add photos that show off your office space, team events and your team having a great time.
  • Maybe you could include a video of some team members explaining why they love coming to work, or why they like their role.
  • Include a grid of attractive perks with some nice illustrations. Maybe you have unlimited holidays, or you have an attractive parental leave cover - show off!
  • Why not embed your company's Instagram feed to give a IRL overview of the day-to-day.

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