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Colorado, Boulder, 80301 Boulder USA

Zeal – Food for Enthusiasts, Boulder

If you love cooking with high quality ingredients from organic farmers, if you value local agriculture and get excited about the possibilities of having your own farm fresh produce to prepare and serve, if you like to know your rancher by their first name and appreciate their efforts because you realize it’s better for the land and the ecosystem supporting it, and if you find inspiration from food cultures all over the world, then you could have the right foundation and principles to be head chef at our new restaurant in Boulder.

Zeal has returned to Boulder with a newly built space and we opened in the middle of this summer during COVID. Brave, right? After getting stabilized with our new team we are seeking an experienced, creative chef who resonates with our concept of sustainable food that is globally inspired. We are seeking a chef to help guide our established brand through the uncertainty of today's restaurant landscape This individual can help carry forward the work we have been doing this since 2014 at this exciting new spot at Boulder Junction on East Pearl.

The Head Chef runs the back-of-house and will manage the daily operations of the kitchen and oversee the kitchen staff to ensure that the highest quality food is served to our guests. The head chef will also take ownership of the kitchen by establishing and maintaining Zeal’s standards for food cost, presentation, portioning and cleanliness while organizing, coaching and coordinating the entire kitchen staff, and will communicate often and effectively with all levels of staff from the owners and GM to new trainees.

Qualifications and Skills

Ability to multi-task with a sense of urgency

Ability to communicate with staff in a direct and sensitive style

Willingness to step up and work through conflict for the mutual benefit of all

Excellent organizational skills

Associate’s Degree in Culinary Arts, plus a baccalaureate degree is preferred

5+ years experience in a back-of-house management position

Proven experience as a chef, in addition to experience as a sous chef or line cook

Ability to remain productive when being pulled in many different directions

Ability to work a 60 hour work week, with hours that may vary depending on the needs of the restaurant, particularly in the first 6 months in this position.

Duties and responsibilities

Complete all food ordering, managing food costs, inventory and small wares. Manage relationships with vendors.

Recruit, hire and manage training of all prep cooks, line cooks, dishwashers and sous chef and participate in coaching and feedback to help staff develop their careers.

Develop seasonal menus in collaboration with owners and management, setting prices and making adjustments as needed. Create special menus for events as needed.

Maintain a high standard of cleanliness in all areas of the kitchen and make sure that all kitchen and wait staff adhere to food safety and hygiene regulations to ensure a clean and sanitary kitchen.

Oversee all direct kitchen operations, assigning tasks to chefs and cooks, including food preparation, cooking and cleanup.

Demonstrate proficiency in all aspects of the line in order to lead by instruction and example

Oversee timing of food preparation and delivery to ensure appropriate coursing of guest meals.

Take ownership of food presentation, managing food quality, consistency and appropriate portioning.

Collaborate with the general manager and owners to align kitchen operations with the overarching goals of Zeal.

Maintain kitchen equipment; schedule repairs and additional maintenance as needed.

Maintain control of the kitchen to ensure that all tasks are carried out efficiently and effectively.

Resolve issues as they arise so that customers continue to receive their orders in a timely manner and at expected quality.

PLEASE SEND RESUME WITH COVER LETTER. We encourage you to share what drives your passion for food and also a favorite cookbook and why we should read it. THANK YOU!

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