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Sous Chef

Company: Smithfield Foods
Location: Smithfield
Posted on: May 12, 2022

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Sous Chef



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The Taste of Smithfield Restaurant Located in downtown Smithfield Virginia, you know from the moment you enter our doors, we have one goal in mind - HOSPITALITY! Our staff is here to make your experience the absolute best it can be. Come relax with us and enjoy some of our many menu items including half-pound 100% Certified Angus beef burgers, signature sandwiches, fresh salads with seasonal greens from local growers, homemade soups, delicious sides and homemade desserts. You can complement your meal with a pint of one of our ten craft beers on draft from some of Virginia's best micro-brewers, a glass of wine from our meticulously chosen wine list, or one of our signature craft cocktails. The Sous Chef assists the Assistant Manager-Kitchen as backup lead in managing the kitchen operation on a day-to-day basis. The Sous Chef ensures service is prompt and courteous, while meeting customer's meal expectations. The Sous Chef will assist in developing menu items, recipes, and structure processes to implement new food items. The position will oversee activities of the kitchen staff when the Assistant Manager is busy planning, ordering, or absent. The Sous Chef will ensure deep cleaning schedules are maintained and executed.

Core Responsibilities

  • Creates Daily Specials for lunch and dinner with the Assistant Manager-Kitchen and ensures proper food presentation. Incorporates local ingredients in menu items, when possible.
  • Works with the management team to control and manage day-to-day labor costs.
  • Promotes teamwork among Kitchen staff.
  • Assists with training of new personnel.
  • Responsible for overseeing line cooks adhere to all Food Safety aspects - maintains health standards according to state and local guidelines.
  • Responsible for overseeing line cooks adhere to all aspects of kitchen cleanliness, including scheduled detailed cleaning.
  • Maintains clean and safe kitchen.
  • Capable of working and teaching all kitchen positions.
  • Discusses food items and menus with staff to extend education so Front of House staff can adequately sell when leading the kitchen. The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. May perform other duties as assigned.


    To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals to perform the essential functions.
    • Two-year culinary sciences associate degree preferred and 2+ years related experience and/or a combination of education and experience.
    • Formal training in food preparation and culinary management preferred.
    • Excellent understanding of various cooking methods, ingredients, equipment, and procedures.
    • Strong work ethic and commitment to uncompromising quality.
    • Strong interpersonal relations and communication skills.
    • Ability to work well with others in fast paced, dynamic environment.
    • Strong time management skills.
    • Team player with a willingness to help other employees when needed.
    • Ability to work shifts with long periods of walking and standing.
    • Must be able to work a flexible schedule, including weekend evening, and holiday shifts.

      Supervisory Responsibilities

      • Fills in as #2 lead in absence of the Assistant Manager-Kitchen in directing kitchen staff activities.

        Work Environment & Physical Demands

        The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.The majority of the time is spent in a hot environment.Occasionally lift and/or move up to 40 pounds.Frequently required to bend, twist walk and stand for long periods of time; use hands to reach or feel, and talk or hear.Fast paced, high pressure environment requiring the ability to spend significant time moving between different areas of the establishment. Repetitive lifting and carrying open boxes up to 40 lbs.Gathering trash, breaking down cardboard boxes and walking to dumpster to dispose of trash daily.

        Careers and Benefits

        To learn more about Smithfield's benefits, visit PEOPLE MATTER More than 63,000 employees globally drive our success. We strive to create a fair, ethical and rewarding work environment. GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT Working at Smithfield isn't just a job - it's the foundation for a lifelong career with training designed to help you advance professionally. BENEFITS Our people matter. That's why we offer excellent, comprehensive benefits packages to our full-time employees. SUSTAINABILITY PLEDGE Sustainability is ingrained in our culture and guides how we operate. We believe in innovating for the future.

        About Smithfield Foods

        Headquartered in Smithfield, Va. since 1936, Smithfield Foods, Inc. is an American food company with agricultural roots and a global reach. With more than 60,000 jobs globally, we are dedicated to producing "Good food. Responsibly" and serve as one of the world's leading vertically integrated protein companies. We have pioneered sustainability standards for more than two decades, including our industry-leading commitments to become carbon negative in our U.S. company-owned operations and reduce GHG emissions 30 percent across our entire U.S. value chain by 2030. We believe in the power of protein to end food insecurity and have donated hundreds of millions of food servings to our communities. Smithfield boasts a portfolio of high-quality iconic brands, such as Smithfield, Eckrich and Nathan's Famous, among many others. For more information, visit, and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.

        EEO/AA Information

        Smithfield is an equal opportunity employer committed to workplace diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, gender identity, protected veterans status, status as a disabled individual or any other protected group status or non-job characteristic as directed by law.

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