Sous Chef

Reports to: Executive Chef

Status: Exempt

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Job Summary:

The Sous Chef will be responsible for preparing the kitchen for a multitude of tasks to include the day to day preparation of the meals within all of the F&B outlets and to continually uphold the standards in accordance to the Autograph Collection standards under the franchise of Mainsail.

**Please note, Mainsail is a drug-free workplace.  Pre-employment screening, to include a background test and drug screen, is required for all candidates offered a position.

Essential Functions

  • Assist with the day to day managing of the kitchen staff
  • Assist the Executive Chef with scheduling of kitchen staff
  • Basic vegetable prep to include peeling, slicing, dicing, and portioning
  • Basic and advanced sauce prep to include stocks, salad dressings, vinaigrettes,       emulsifications
  • Butchering – processing whole poultry, fish, and primal cuts of larger animals
  • General cleaning to include equipment, floors, walls, coolers, and freezers
  • Dishwashing – all kitchen team members wash dishes
  • Line cooking – working with other cooks under the supervision of the chef
  • Plating dishes – presenting food for guests to the chef’s specifications
  • Expediting – assisting chefs in directing the flow of service from the kitchen to the dining room
  • Demonstration cooking – assisting chefs and guest chefs with presentations
  • Assist with banquet plate ups, presenting food for guests to the chef’s specifications
    • Ability to understand and communicate kitchen orders
    • Ability to work efficiently and effectively
    • Ability to perform all functions in the kitchen and assist where needed
    • Ability to work under pressure
    • Ability to work long hours standing over hot stoves and grills


  • Ability to work as a team in a stressful, fast-paced environment


  • Knowledge of different cooking recipes and all kitchen equipment
  • Able to make great quality food
  • Follow SafeStaff sanitary compliance throughout every area working in the kitchen
  • Follow all safety procedures to include knife safety
  • Restock clean dishes, flatware, and all cooking equipment to the appropriate storage areas
  • Maintain the kitchen work area in an orderly and clean condition
  • Follow proper hand washing procedures
  • Stock supplies for the kitchen in specified locations and maintain area in order
  • Sort and remove trash and clean the garbage cans / whales daily
  • Maintain trash area and place in proper area for pickup
  • Assist with loading and unloading of food deliveries and supplies
  • Maintain a professional presentable uniform and personal grooming
  • Able to effectively communicate with the team on a daily basis
  • Maintain a sense of ownership for the hotel / restaurant


Hotel Performance

  • Ensure successful performance assisting guests with an exceptional experience to ensure high performing scores on the GSS according to Marriott


Qualification Standards

Education & Experience

  • High school diploma or equivalent or higher
  • Minimum of 2 years’ experience in restaurant
  • Excellent customer service skills
  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written


Physical Demands

  • Ability to sit or stand for extended periods of time
  • Ability to communicate clearly
  • Corrected vision to normal range
  • Ability to use knives and kitchen machinery safely and effectively
  • Ability to lift 20 lbs.
  • Ability to work long hours as needed


Mental Demands

  • Make sound judgments quickly
  • Ability to work with others in a high demand kitchen
  • Work on multiple tasks, making appropriate progress towards deadlines
  • Able to work independently, take direction, and provide direction to others
  • Manage differing personalities within the kitchen, the hotel, and the community
  • Maintain the highest degree of confidentiality
  • Ability to work effectively in stressful, high pressure situations
  • Ability to effectively handle challenges in the workplace, including anticipating, preventing, identifying, and solving problems as necessary

Career Information

Date Posted:
November 16, 2019

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