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Chef / Kitchen Manager

Cedar Rapids, IA

Job Information:

Position Summary: 

The Kitchen Manager/ Chef plays an integral role in creating Lion Bridge Brewing Company’s reputation for high customer satisfaction and achieving our mission of creating and providing food that is a catalyst to conversation and community.  The Chef is responsible for the kitchen operation including leading the kitchen team, creating and maintaining an artisan inspired beer friendly menu and managing costs while building and maintaining community.  Performs duties that comply with local health codes, safe food handling procedures, and Lion Bridge policies and procedures.

Essential Duties: 

 Essential job duties for this position include the following items:

  • Supervises food preparation and cooks ensuring Lion Bridge high quality standards are met
  • Prepare food as required to meet patron standards and train kitchen team in processes and procedures to eliminate inefficiencies, error and waste of product and time
  • Creates recipes, enforces portion control and presentation specifications.  Train and hold staff accountable on same
  • Develops artisan inspired special dishes and special event menus that create conversation and community
  • Set expectations and create a culture of high quality and safety of food preparation and storage.  Hold staff accountable to these standards
  • Responsible for appropriate use of facility supplies and equipment to minimize loss, waste and fraud.
  • Anticipate and appropriately address concerns and complaints with staff. Hire, discipline and terminate staff as appropriate
  • Create and oversee kitchen equipment maintenance, cleaning and repair schedule and logs
  • Oversee kitchen budget and sales forecasting
  • Responsible for back of house labor percentages and budgets, inventory, cost of goods sold and all kitchen related expenses in line with Lion Bridge quality standards
  • Responsible for recruiting, hiring, coaching and developing talent to exceed customer expectations and create food that is a catalyst for conversation and community
  • Demonstrates excellent customer service standards
  • Works toward continuous quality improvement
  • Upholds, supports and promotes all company policies and procedures
  • Other duties as assigned

Supervisory Responsibilities: 

The Chef has supervisory responsibility for all kitchen functions including approximately 3 direct reports.


To perform this job successfully, the individual in this position must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the minimum knowledge, skills and ability required.


  • Associate's degree (A. A.) or equivalent from two-year college or technical school in culinary arts or a related field; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • At least three years progressive experience working in and leading a kitchen team
  • Proven ability to implement create menus using various cooking methods, ingredients utilizing appropriate equipment in a safe and cost-effective manner

Language Skills:

  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.  
  • Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.  
  • Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.

Mathematical Skills:

  • Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume.  
  • Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.

Reasoning Ability:

  • Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.
  • Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:

  • Serve Safe Certification, Required

Physical Demands:  The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

  • Standing – Approximately greater than 2/3 of on-the-job time.
  • Walking – Approximately greater than 2/3 of on-the-job time.
  • Sitting – Approximately less than 1/3 of on-the-job time.
  • Use of hands to finger, handle or feel – Approximately greater than 2/3 of on-the-job time.
  • Reaching with hands and arms – Approximately greater than 2/3 of on-the-job time.
  • Climbing or balancing – Approximately less than 1/3 of on-the-job time.
  • Stooping, kneeling, crouching or crawling – Approximately less than 1/3 of on-the-job time.
  • Talking or hearing – Approximately greater than 2/3 of on-the-job time.
  • Tasting or smelling – Approximately less than 1/3 of on-the-job time.
  • Travel- Approximately less than 1/3 of on-the-job time.
  • Weight lifted/Force exerted – An average of approximately 50 pounds, 1/3 to 2/3 of on-the-job time, non-continuously.
  • Vision
    • Close vision (clear vision at 20 inches or less)
    • Color vision (ability to identify and distinguish colors)
    • Depth perception (three-dimensional vision, ability to judge distances and spatial relationships)

Work Environment:  

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of the job.

  • Environmental – Exposure to potentially hazardous environmental conditions may include the following:
  • Use of knives and other sharp instruments
  • Use of stoves and other heat producing equipment
  • Use of cleaning solutions and products
  • Noise –  Moderate to loud noise (restaurant environment, food preparation equipment)

Lion Bridge Brewing Company provides equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of their race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by state, federal, or local law.

Application Instructions:

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Chef/Kitchen Manager

Lion Bridge Brewing Company

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Posted 05/29/18

Job ID: 43125365