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Executive Chef 3

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Are you an experienced Executive Chef ready to take your career to the next level? At Sodexo, you will find the ingredients for a great culinary career. With benefits including schedules that encourage work-life balance, reimbursement of association dues and continuing education opportunities, you’ll enjoy an improved quality of life that’s unique in the hospitality industry.


Sodexo is seeking an innovative Executive Chef 3 to oversee all culinary aspects of Sodexo’s Food Service at California Lutheran in Thousand Oaks, Ca – a $7 Million campus "Showcase" account located in Southern California, one hour north of LA and 1 hour South of Santa Barbara. Cal Lutheran is a small, private, close-knit campus with a population of 1100 student residents, 2000 commuters and 400 staff and faculty - serving three meals per day with a late night dinner offering . Cal Lutheran has 5 food locations on Campus; the Resident Dining Hall serving 1800 Resident Dining meals a day - including an allergen free station, Mindful Mondays, a Chef's Action station on Wellness and Healthy Eating; a Convenience store, Retail Cafe, Jamba Juice, Starbucks, "Grab & Go" Kiosk as well as Catering & Catering service at a new Conference Center.


This Executive Chef will need to be very knowledgeable about nutrition, plant based meals and allergen free food – will be highly involved in student education and mentoring on healthy eating. The Executive Chef will be very interactive with students, faculty and staff, be on the floor and daily Action Stations. He/She will also work closely with the sustainability committee on campus and must have knowledge of sustainable foods, including seasonal and local foods. Chef is involved with student organizations, such as fund raising and student gardening.


The ideal candidate will have

  • High volume culinary experience with a nutrition/healthy eating background – from hospital, retirement community or college environments.
  • Creativity to design menus for high end catering and resident dining – bringing expertise of nutrition and healthy eating - vegetarian and vegan menus, allergen free, as well as high end and on trend menu options.
  • Knowledge of sustainability in the food market, understanding purchasing local and using seasonal produce in menus.
  • Experience teaching culinary skills, techniques, menu/recipe options, sustainable values.  This is a VERY HANDS-ON role!
  • Experience with Online systems of Food Mgt, Labor Mgt preferred(Sodexo systems of FMS, LMS, and UFS).
  • Strong culinary and BOH leadership – manage and mentor kitchen staff: Food Safety focus a must with Training in HACCP.
  • Successful Catering/Banquet experience essential to help grow catering business for the new Conference Center and to elevate catering services for across campus.
  • Formal Culinary education/training/certifications preferred.

This is an opportunity for passionate culinarians who love on-trend health and wellness options, love training and mentoring, and who thrive in a fast paced environment with a client with high expectations. You will have the support of a large network of professionals and a variety of career growth options. Sodexo is the 18th largest employer in the world. We are one of "The World's Most admired companies" by Fortune Magazine.

Join the Sodexo Team at Cal Lutheran -  today #LI



Position Summary

Provides culinary leadership within a large sized unit including menu planning, program execution and staff management & training.  Works directly with internal and external clients managing the catering process from beginning through execution. 
Key Duties
- Implements & coordinates the culinary function. 
- Directs & trains cooks & utility workers.
- Ensures food preparation & production meets operational standards.
- Manages catering & retail areas.
- Customer & Client satisfaction.
- Financial management to include food cost & labor management.
- Manages food & physical safety programs.


Qualifications & Requirements

Basic Education Requirement - Bachelor’s Degree 

Basic Management Experience - 3 years   

Basic Functional Experience - 3 years work experience in food or culinary services including restaurants, fast food, vending, catering services, institutional services, mall food courts, etc.

Sodexo is an EEO/AA/Minority/Female/Disability/Veteran employer.


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