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Vanderbilt University Executive Chef (Catering) in Nashville, Tennessee

Executive Chef (Catering) (Job Number: 1901231)


The Catering Executive Chef will produce a wide variety of food from casual coffee services to plated fine dining for 500. The Executive Chef works directly with other catering staff and assists in the development of menus and strategic culinary directions for the team. The chef de cuisine will develop and maintain effective working relationships with various campus departments. The Chef is responsible for the execution of daily catered meals as requested, including but not limited to; Chancellor receptions, private high level receptions, seated dinners, buffet lunches and dinners, continental breakfasts, breakfast buffets, and coffee breaks.

Vanderbilt Catering delivers the excellence expected from Vanderbilt University. As a division of Vanderbilt Campus Dining, we are engaged with our campus community. Whether the function is a continental breakfast for ten, a buffet for one hundred or a gala dinner for one thousand, Vanderbilt Catering will provide the caliber of food and distinction of service the University expects from its on-campus caterer.

Duties andResponsibilities

  • Be a hands-on, working chef, this position is 50%administrative and 50% hands-on.

  • Oversee kitchen activities, including food preparation,food presentation, and food portioning, kitchen organization andsanitation.

  • Creative and inspired menu writing and development.

  • Coordinate training and professional development ofkitchen staff.

  • Supervise and train staff in the preparation andpresentation of plated, buffet, and reception foods.

  • Supervise and train staff in proper food handling,kitchen sanitation and safety and federal, local and state health codecompliance

  • Supervise staff with responsibilities for planning,coordinating, and controlling work schedules, and following departmentalprocedures and policies

  • Coordinate activities of one or more functions toeffect unity and efficiency of the operation

  • Select recipes and cost out food to achieve thenecessary profit margins

  • Monitor inventory levels to determine when toreorder/requisition

  • Monitor distribution systems of supplies, materials,equipment, services, etc. to determine if delivered/available whenrequired.

  • Forecast annual kitchen budget, and analyze P&Lspreadsheets to track progress and proactively implement solutions to anyproblem areas

  • Coordinate and perform inventories

  • Manage and utilize the menu/recipe/ingredient/eventplanning system

  • Manage equipment and facilities maintenance, andrequisition services as needed

  • Participate in professional associations andprofessional development activities and to remain informed of newdevelopments in the culinary field

  • Supervisor hourly union staff and follow CBA guidelines


This position has supervisory responsibility and has direct oversight of (2) exempt Sous Chefs and up to (3) hourly culinary positions.

Profile of an IdealCandidate

  • A Culinary Arts degree from an accrediting culinaryinstitution or qualifying apprenticeship program.

  • Experience and comprehensive knowledge of culinarytechniques in food production for high-end catering operations.

  • Minimum of 3 years management experience in a highvolume production kitchen

  • Minimum of 5 years of progressive supervisoryexperience.

  • Off-premise catering experience.

  • Kitchen management with strong supervision andleadership skills

  • Demonstrated skills in planning and execution ofconferences services and special events for groups from 1-to 500+.

  • Ability to teach, coach, mentor and assess performance;take corrective or disciplinary action when needed.

Skill Specifications

  • Comprehensive knowledge of culinary techniques withfood production in catering operations and knowledge of healthy, local,modern foods. This includes knowledge of vegetarian/vegan andcurrent food trends.

  • Recipe and menu development with the ability to becreative and flexible in meeting the needs of our diverse and demandingcustomer base

  • Costing and cost control methods, and experience inforecasting budgets and analyzing P&L spreadsheets

  • Kitchen management with strong supervision andleadership skills and the ability to communicate effectively with alllevels of personnel and customers

  • Ability to train staff on correct culinary techniquesas it relates to a professional kitchen to maintain high quality andservice standards

  • Computer experience in Microsoft Word, Excelneeded. Experience in CaterEase and Kronos (timekeeping)desired.

  • Servsafe Certification

About VanderbiltUniversity

Vanderbilt University, located in Nashville, Tennessee, is a top-15 private research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Vanderbilt is situated on a 330-acre campus near the thriving city center, serving more than 12,000 students and employing almost 7,000 faculty and staff. The university’s students, staff, and faculty frequently cite Nashville and the surrounding area as one of the many perks of being a part of the Vanderbilt community. Vanderbilt University is a place where your expertise will be valued, your knowledge expanded, and your abilities challenged. It is a place where your diversity is sought and celebrated. Vanderbilt was recently named as one of “America’s Best Large Employers” and the top employer in Tennessee and the Nashville metropolitan area in 2019 (Forbes).

About Vanderbilt Benefits

Vanderbilt University offers a competitive, flexible benefits package including health, dental, vision, life, accidental death & dismemberment, disability insurance, paid time off, and a 403(b) retirement plan with employer match. Vanderbilt offers tuition assistance to employees, spouses, and dependent children.

Commitment to Equity,Diversity and Inclusion

Vanderbilt University is committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff, and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our campus values.

Vanderbilt University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

Primary Location: United States-Tennessee-Nashville

Organization: 36520 - Catering Services

Job: Service/Maintenance Supervisor

Vanderbilt University is committed to principles of equal opportunity and affirmative action