Executive Chef

  Jefferson   |     Type: Management

Department: Food and Beverage

Reports to: Food and Beverage Manager

Location: Wild Rose Casino & Hotel Jefferson, IA

Position Summary: As the Casino Executive Chef, you’ll be the culinary maestro behind our food production and utilities. Your creative flair, leadership skills, and commitment to quality will set the stage for unforgettable dining moments. From banquets to our sports bar, you’ll orchestrate a symphony of flavors that keeps our guests coming back for more!

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Food Preparation and Production:
    • Whip up tantalizing dishes, infusing each plate with flair and flavor.
    • Collaborate with our talented culinary team to create innovative menu items that surprise and delight.
    • Introduce new culinary techniques that elevate our offerings and keep our guests guessing.
  • Cost Management:
    • Help establish food waste and food costs, ensuring we maintain profitability without compromising quality.
    • Review and analyze operational costs weekly, monthly, and quarterly, making data-driven decisions.
  • Department Knowledge:
    • Dive into our Department Operations Manual like a culinary detective, mastering every detail of our Food and Beverage Department.
    • Stay informed about industry trends, ensuring we stay ahead of the culinary curve.
  • Team Leadership:
    • Hire and train kitchen staff, nurturing their talents and fostering a collaborative environment.
    • Expedite orders to maintain a seamless flow of dishes, keeping our hungry guests satisfied.
    • Set item pricing in collaboration with the Food & Beverage Manager, balancing value and taste.
  • Safety and Sanitation:
    • Maintain impeccable health, safety, and sanitation standards in the kitchen.
    • Enforce best practices for food handling, cleanliness, and kitchen maintenance.
    • Ensure our team rocks the proper department uniform, looking sharp and ready to impress.
  • Staff Supervision:
    • Oversee all food venues, from the bustling kitchen to the elegant dining areas.
    • Approve opening and closing duties for line staff, ensuring smooth operations.
    • Be the culinary captain who steers our ship toward culinary excellence.
  • Attendance and Compliance:
    • Meet company attendance requirements because our guests deserve consistency.
    • Comply with all Iowa Health Regulations and any other local, state, or federal guidelines.
    • Show up with passion, creativity, and a dash of casino magic!
    • Conduct regular performance evaluations, provide feedback, and support professional development.

Supervisory Responsibilities:

  • Culinary team

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • To satisfactorily perform this job, the employee must be able to perform all essential duties listed above, with or without reasonable accommodation. Servsafe certification required.

Position Experience: 

  • Hotel/restaurant management experience preferred. Supervisory experience and/or Associates degree preferred. National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) is desirable.


  • Bachelor’s degree in hospitality management, Business Administration, or related field is preferred.

Interpersonal Skills:

  • Excellent internal and external guest service skills are required.
  • High degree of EQ required.
  • Proven and demonstrated organizational and leadership qualities.
  • Must be able to work cohesively, as a team, with members of all levels of the organization including senior leadership-Suite members, and owners.

Work Environment/Physical Demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to bend, walk and stand for periods of time. Required to periodically lift 50 pounds in the course of food preparation using proper equipment. The employee is frequently exposed to cold temperatures and vibrations. Requires working within freezers, walk in coolers, and air conditioning. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderately loud.

Attendance Note:

Wild Rose Casino & Hotels is in operation seven days a week, 365 days a year. Employees can be required to workdays, evenings, weekends, holidays, split shifts and overtime.

Critical features of this job are described under the heading on the job description. Nothing in this job description restricts Wild Rose Casino & Resorts right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

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