Do you enjoy working in a fast paced kitchen environment? Do you enjoy being a positive and creative leader through culinary arts? Are you interested in working within the beautiful coastal environment Heritage House Resort & Spa offers? Consider applying for our Executive Chef position to experience this magical place within our historical Reception and Restaurant building that was built in 1877. 

As a member Sea Shadows Inn Management LLC, the Executive Chef at 5200 Restaurant & Lounge will demonstrates extraordinary and positive leadership, while being responsible for all culinary operations.  The Executive chef proactively collaborates with all departments to provide a world class guest experience Core responsibilities include management of the kitchen staff to ensure optimal department efficiency, productivity and quality standards; keeping all menus and outlets up to date on culinary trends, best practices and creative opportunities for growth; document and record all recipes and procedures in an easily accessible and timely manner; be responsible and in charge of kitchen.


  • Menu Development

    • Develop, test and implement new menu items with Kitchen management team; coordinate menu item tastings with team
    • Update menu recipes and changes within recipe training guides
    • Develop pairings and special amuse items
    • Ensure that breakfast, lunch and dinner menus are creative and unique for the guest experience
    • Stay current on restaurant industry and culinary trends, and presentations
  • Operations

    • Understand and respond to all guest needs and requests in a timely and professional manner
    • Manage Kitchen staff and food costs to assure most efficient practices are in place and budget expectations are being managed / exceeded; maximize resources
    • Oversee proper and efficient preparation of food for all meal periods, employee meals, special events, room service, ensuring that quality and quantity standards are being met
    • Maintain pars, orders and monitor pricing for all items as directed; ensure kitchen storage areas and walks are stock and organized
    • Maintain relationships with vendors and solve issues in a timely manner; keep current listing of all partners and preventative maintenance schedules
    • Assign and follow all specified procedures to open or close the kitchen
  • Staffing and Safety

    • Hire, train, schedule, support, supervise, review, and hold accountable, all culinary employees, to maintain highest possible levels of employee morale and department productivity
    • Ensure clean and safe work practices, including compliance with company, local and state health department safety and food handling regulations; and the proper use and handling of all relevant equipment
    • Approve time & attendance for payroll processing, and document all personnel/payroll transactions by completing a PAF


  • High School diploma or equivalent required; college or vocational training highly preferred
  • 3 years of experience as an Executive Chef or Executive Sous Chef within a refine dining environment ideal
  • Desire to keep abreast of food and beverage trends
  • Strong personnel development and coaching skills
  • Self-motivated, organized, detail orientated and composed
  • Ability to make impactful and effective decisions regarding profitability, service, waste control, and working environment standards
  • Well groomed, professional image
  • Flexible schedule; able to adjust to the needs of the guests and staff
  • Ability to obtain CA Food Handler Permit within 30 days of hire
  • Ability to communication, infer, read materials and recipes in English and/or Spanish
  • Ability to use repetitive hand and body motions on a regular basis such as grasping, listening, hearing and visual acuity
  • Ability to stand and walk for extended periods of time on varying ground levels with stairs on a regular basis
  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs. on a regular basis, and be able to bend, stoop, stretch, climb and squat frequently to fulfill a range of manual tasks

WORK ENVIRONMENT:  The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee will be working within a well-lit and medium sized work space and may occasionally be exposed to outside weather. Business levels may require a fast work pace within a humid, warm, and odorous cooking environment. Frequently exposed to colder refrigerator, freezer, and storeroom temperatures for short periods of time as well as slippery floors and hot grease. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to loud.

ABOUT US: Situated on 37 oceanfront acres draped in cypress, eucalyptus, and lavender, Heritage House Resort & Spa is truly paradise on the Pacific. Our award-winning resort is more than a place to work. It is an opportunity to connect with people and nature. As an employee, you'll enjoy working with a team of hospitality professionals who are dedicated to welcoming and sharing this special place with our guests. 

This is a full time position

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