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Head Chef to develop and lead an exciting new concept

posted March 6, 2018

Banksia (the new look of Sasha's Baking Co.)
Kansas City, MO
Head Chef role to help build an exciting new cafe and bakehouse concept that is rolling out across the Mid-West.
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About This Job

BANKSIA is an exciting new concept that brings an Australian influence to the classic European Cafe and Bakery.  We have brought the modern fusion of multi-cultural cuisine from Australia to fill a niche that the Mid-West is crying out for; a sophisticated cafe dining concept that serves amazing breakfast, brunch and lunch with the added convenience of grab-and-go gourmet sandwiches and salads.  Our bakery produces artisanal breads, delicious pastries and tarts catering for the casual diner and specifically targeting the corporate and event catering market.

You will be an integral part of the development, management and roll out of this exciting new concept, initially in our down-town location (the old Sasha's Baking Company) and will quickly grow as we roll out new stores in Kansas City and franchises across the mid-west.

As Head Chef you will work as the conduit between ownership and kitchen staff ensuring that the end product adheres to the high quality standards our clientele expect.  You will have a flair for sophisticated flavor profiles and the ability to deconstruct classic dishes from around the world and transform them into casual eating options.

You will be a hands on Chef, working in the kitchen alongside your team providing clear direction, strong motivation and consistency of quality.  You will also be able to manage the wider day to day operations.  In time you will oversee the development of an industrial scale kitchen to supply  outlets and franchises and grow your team accordingly.

This is a truly exciting opportunity to come in at the development stage of a new concept and bring your talents to ensure its success.


  • Oversee all day-to-day operations of the kitchen
  • Work with management in the development of menu items for the bakery and cafe
  • Standardize recipes and ensure scale-up for multi-location supply
  • Work with management to create standard operating procedures
  • Manage all inventory and supply aspects of the kitchen
  • Develop strong supplier relations that are cost efficient and quality consistent


  • 10+ years of experience in culinary arts at a senior level
  • Experience with baking, pastries and cooking required
  • Strong staff management capabilities
  • Passion for new flavor profiles and cooking techniques
  • Knowledge of cost and labor processes

Personal Skills:

  • Strong communication skills with management, co-workers and customers
  • Strong work ethic, willingness to roll up sleeves and get the job done
  • Reliable, with a sense of urgency
  • Energetic
  • Capable of being flexible within the role

If this sounds like you and your next career path, apply now.

Due to the number of applications, only successful candidates will be contacted for an interview. No recruitment agencies please.

Compensation: Based on Experience


About This Employer

Banksia (the new look of Sasha's Baking Co.)

105 W 9th Street

Kansas City, MO 64105

Telephone (816) 474-9935

About Us

Banksia is an Australian Bakehouse and Cafe concept rolling out across the Mid-West bringing sophisticated flavors and modern interpretations of classic flavors in a casual cafe setting.  We have taken over Sasha's Bakery downtown as our first location and we are full steam ahead bringing our new concept to life.