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Executive Chef

Portland, OR

At Deschutes Brewery, we unapologetically make award-winning, damn tasty beer and food. We are determined to innovate, challenge the status quo, and be thought leaders at every turn. Our company culture bonds us together and creates conditions for success. It is lived daily as a behavioral expression of our collective set of core values: Love It or Dump It, One Team One Dream, Blow Our Customers' Minds, Time for Better Is Now, Celebrate, Crafted for Community and Own It! If you are on our team, it means you are part of creating something extraordinary. You're part of Deschutes.

We are looking for an Executive Chef to lead culinary execution at our Portland Public House! As Executive Chef you will lead and develop our kitchen team, overseeing the daily culinary operations and directing menu planning and development. In this role it is critical to possess a strong knowledge of culinary techniques, various cuisines, and cooking styles, as well as a solid understanding of labor and food costs to achieve financial and profitability goals. Creating efficiencies and ensuring consistency in the kitchen is key, as is having the skills to mentor and teach your team. We are looking for someone who will inspire the team through a creative, innovative, and collaborative approach, with a commitment to quality and guest experience. 

This role will operate out of our Public House in Portland, Oregon and candidates will need to live in the Portland-Metro area.

Ideal candidates will possess:

  • 7-10 years experience in a culinary role, with at least 3 years in an Executive Chef or Sous Chef role; preferably in a high-volume, full service restaurant
  • 2-year degree, certifications, or equivalent education in Culinary Arts, Business, Restaurant Management, or related field; Culinary or business degree strongly preferred 
  • Required health and safety permits; Serve-Safe, OLCC, etc.
  • Strong communication skills
  • Creative and collaborative problem solver
  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Office programs
  • Front of House (FOH) management experience is a plus
  • Industry specific specialty training such as Cicerone, financial management, human resources, communication, wine and spirits, culinary, etc. is a plus.

Physical Requirements: 

This position works in a kitchen environment, which requires the ability to work in warm, humid, wet, cold, and busy conditions. 

  • Exposure to common kitchen cleaning chemicals
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds
  • Manual dexterity to handle knives and other kitchen implements
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time
  • Repetitive movements of hands, wrists, shoulders, etc.
  • Ability to bend, stoop, kneel

Working at Deschutes Brewery includes a competitive compensation and total rewards package consisting of, but not limited to:

  • Comprehensive medical, dental and vision insurance.
  • Value for work-life balance with paid time off including; vacation time, sick leave, and holidays.
  • 401k with a 4% company match, vested immediately!
  • Employee stock ownership - be a part owner of Deschutes Brewery! We are 100% Family and Employee owned
  • Collaborative and passionate co-workers. Locally voted as one of the "Best Places to Work".
  • Free award-winning beer and discounts on merchandise from Deschutes Brewery, Boneyard Brewery, other partnering companies and so much more!

Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they meet every one of the qualifications as described in a job description. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may be one who comes from a less traditional background.

We would encourage you to apply, even if you don't believe you meet every one of our qualifications described. If you are unsure whether you meet the qualifications of this position, or how this would be determined, please feel free to contact to discuss your application.

Salary: 75.000-90.000 per year

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