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Corporate Chef - Shaner Hotels

Company: Shaner Hotel Group HQ
Location: State College
Posted on: September 18, 2023

Job Description:

What drives us We believe that authentic and genuine connections and experiences improve people's lives, which goes double for those who work here. Shaner doesn't believe in the humdrum of traditional hospitality that is impersonal, generic, and transactional. Lance Shaner started with a vision to create a new way of operating hotels and building unique food & beverage experiences. A way that was not only inspirational to our associates but built real long-lasting relationships through all levels of Shaner. While working here we are all charged and empowered with improving the lives of our coworkers, guests, owners, and the communities in which we operate. Every day you come to work you have the opportunity to make an impact, and you can expect the same in return from all those around you. How we are different Our entrepreneurial spirit in Food and Beverage cultivates our zeal and passion for everything we do. Some would call it 'aggressive hospitality' a passion for hospitality that flows through everything we do with a relentless pursuit of continuous improvement. It all flows from you, and that's where we shine; finding the best of the best and letting them do their thing, live their lives where they can be the same person they are at home as they are when they come to work... anything different is the definition of schizophrenia after all. We seek out and celebrate those who want to make an impact in their own way, those who love the challenge and thrill of getting things done while building toward a vision unlike any other in hospitality. All this adds up to an exciting, inspiring, emboldening work environment, a bit quirky, and downright life changing. What you will do Some of your responsibilities will include: Rapid Response: Quickly assess and address culinary needs at various company locations, especially in emergencies or transitions. Operational Assessment: Evaluate the efficiency and effectiveness of kitchen operations across multiple locations, identifying areas for improvement. Temporary Leadership: Step into leadership roles in kitchens facing vacancies, ensuring smooth operations and service continuity. Training & Mentorship: Provide training to staff at various locations, ensuring they're equipped with the skills needed for their roles and adhering to corporate standards. Quality Assurance: Ensure the consistency and quality of dishes across different locations, implementing corrective actions as necessary Menu Adaptation: Adjust menus as needed based on location-specific feedback, ingredient availability, and local preferences. Team Collaboration: Work closely with local kitchen teams and managers, building rapport and ensuring open communication. Vendor Liaison: Establish or strengthen relationships with local suppliers to ensure the continuous supply of quality ingredients at favorable terms. Feedback Collection: Gather feedback from staff and guests at different locations, recommending long-term improvements to the corporate team Crisis Management: Lead the kitchen team during unexpected situations such as equipment breakdowns, large event bookings, or staff shortages Financial Oversight: Monitor the financial performance of the kitchens under supervision, ensuring cost-effective operations while maintaining quality Reporting: Provide regular updates to corporate management about the performance, challenges, and successes of the locations visited. Continuous Learning: Stay updated on culinary trends, techniques, and best practices to incorporate into training and operations What you bring to the table Education and Experience Culinary degree or something similar. Maybe you've just spent a lot of time in kitchens. Some fancy culinary certifications? Cool but not required. A few years in the kitchen, the more varied the better. Ever juggled multiple kitchens or food brands? That's a plus. Global Cuisine and Travel Know a little about a lot of different foods from around the world. Used to living out of a suitcase? That's what we're talking about. Got a favorite international dish? You might get to make it! Comfortable jumping into different kitchens and whipping up magic. Unfazed by jet lag? You might be a superhero. Skills in the Kitchen Good at making and standardizing recipes. Love crafting menus? Even the weird dietary needs ones? Awesome. Bonus if you can haggle with local suppliers for the best ingredients. Can you operate a modern oven and a smartphone? We're halfway there. Any culinary apps you swear by? Bring them on. Know the basics of not giving people food poisoning. Keeping kitchens clean is your thing. Leadership and People Skills Good at chatting with different types of people. Chefs, suppliers, maybe even a CEO. Born leader or just good at faking it? Either works. Can you teach someone your kitchen secrets? Perfect. Ever tried a dish and thought, "What's in this?" That kind of curiosity. Staying Current Stay updated on food trends. Even if it's just from foodie Instagram accounts. Willing to try cooking something you've never heard of? Perfect. Cost and Management Good at not overspending on ingredients and tools. Can handle the whirlwind life of cooking and hopping on planes

Keywords: Shaner Hotel Group HQ, Altoona , Corporate Chef - Shaner Hotels, Hospitality & Tourism , State College, Pennsylvania

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