Jr. Sous Chef (Estate)

  • Paso Robles, CA 93446, USA
  • Full-time

Company Description

At JUSTIN Vineyards & Winery, we offer guests the ultimate California food and wine experience with world class service. Our award-winning culinary team takes advantage of farm to table offerings, using fresh local ingredients that reflect the changing seasons. 

We are seeking a Jr. Sous Chef to join our Restaurant Team! The Jr. Sous Chef is responsible for all culinary dishes that are prepared in their section/ department focus. Because of this, a successful person in this role must be very knowledgeable about his or her specialty, as well as culinary functions in general. This candidate must also be very organized and comfortable working in a high-pressure environment. A Jr. Sous Chef must also be able to give clear orders within their section, as well as reliably carry out orders handed down to them by the Chef de Cuisine and Executive Chef. This person must be able to exhibit leadership, mentorship and train staff and will be able to multitask and plan for the future while managing simultaneously day by day projects.

Job Description

A Day in the Life at JUSTIN:

  • The Jr. Sous Chef’s primary role is to oversee the preparation, cooking, and presentation of food related to the day program at the Downtown Tasting Room location
  • Assist with daily kitchen prep work and station set-up prior to service and maintaining the highest quality food preparation standards
  • Duties associated with this role: preparing, cooking, and presenting culinary dishes; enforcing strict health and hygiene standards in the kitchen; and trouble-shooting any problems that may arise
  • Works with TRM Manager & Assistant Manager to build and maintain a cohesive program between the front and back of the house
  • Controls cost, efficiency, inventory & places orders with Exec Chef and or vendors
  • Works with Executive and Sous Chef to build and develop events and grab and go
  • Assists with training staff in their department 
  • Responsible for maintaining organization of walk-ins, dry storage and other kitchen storage areas
  • Responsible for ensuring that needed ingredients are ordered
  • Collaborates with Executive Chef and Chef de Cuisine to create seasonal appropriate dishes
  • Supports the Restaurant with prep & execution of Events, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast and Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday programs
  • Proactively selects seasonal plantings for the garden based on Restaurant menu
  • Maintains the JUSTIN garden and harvests vegetables & fruits for use in the kitchen and communicates what is available in the garden and what will be ready soon to the culinary team

Qualifications

Your Contribution to JUSTIN:

  • 1+ years fine dining culinary experience
  • 1+ years management experience preferred
  • Culinary Degree Required
  • Serv-Safe Certified
  • Proficient in Menu design and Cost Control
  • Demonstrated strong ability to work well under pressure
  • Ability to establish direction, obtain commitment and execute appropriate logistical processes
  • Comfortable in dealing with guests and purveyors on a daily basis
  • Exceptional attention to detail, and be passionate about food and wine
  • Must thrive in a fast paced working environment
  • Have a calm and approachable demeanor
  • Superb time management and organizational skills
  • COVID vaccination will be required for this position unless candidate has a legally valid exemption

Additional Information

JUSTIN's Dedication to You:

  • Competitive benefits package including Medical (including 24/7 online access to a physician), Vision, Dental and 401k with match eligibility
  • Opportunities for development and internal mobility
  • Manager and leadership training, biweekly L&OD webinars, and eLearning offerings
  • Companywide problem solving and continuous improvement training
  • Wonderful Giving (wonderfulgiving.com) - allowing you to donate company money to a cause of your choice
  • Company focus on wellness and health including virtual yoga and mindful meditation classes

Located in Paso Robles, JUSTIN® Vineyards & Winery was founded in 1981 and is known for crafting world- class wines using Bordeaux grape varieties, including the iconic ISOSCELES® blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. The Vineyard estate, located at 11680 Chimney Rock Road, features a Tasting Room, luxury five-star accommodations at the JUST Inn®, and a Restaurant—making it one of the only wineries on the Central Coast to offer all three options.  In September 2018, a new second location, the JUSTIN Downtown Tasting Room opened introducing an expansive wine-tasting bar, lounge, and a full dining room that’s situated prominently on the square along Downtown City Park in the heart of Paso Robles. In addition to its stellar hospitality, JUSTIN consistently receives top honors around the world, establishing itself as a leader in New World Bordeaux-style winemaking. JUSTIN wines are available through discerning fine wine retailers and restaurants throughout the United States, or directly from the Winery via JUSTIN’s Tasting Room, online store or to members of the exclusive JUSTIN Wine Society wine club. To discover more about JUSTIN, visit www.justinwine.com.

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