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Executive Sous Chef

Posted May 7, 2021

San Manuel Casino
Highland, CA

About This Job


Under the direction of the Assistant Executive Chef, the Executive Sous Chef plans and supervises the daily overall operation of the Main Kitchen (including Garde Manger, Buffet, Catering, Production and Team Dining). They will also be responsible for planning, preparing and cooking food items for all menus associated with the Main Kitchen; they will ensure that quality, variety, recipe adherence and flavor profiles are maintained at all times. The Executive Sous Chef will ensure that all guests receive a high quality dining experience.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

  • Generates menus on an on-going basis based on current food trends, sales and guest feedback.
  • This position is a “Hands-on” Chef position, which supervises assigned staff to ensure they are fully trained, operating in a safe and efficient manner, completing all assigned tasks within the time frame allotted and preparing food that is consistent in quality while meeting presentation standards.
  • Ensures all food is prepared in accordance with operational standards and processes to ensure cost and quality goals are met and in order to minimize waste.
  • Ensures the safety and security of all employees working in the kitchen by ensuring adherence to all policies, procedures and regulatory standards. 
  • Monitors loss time injuries and implements programs and processes to reduce loss time when appropriate.
  • Reviews staffing levels to maintain budgeted cost of labor. 
  • Manages assigned headcount to ensure: 1) expense remains within budget; 2) overtime is minimal; 3) all staff are properly trained to perform their duties; 4) adequate staff is hired, trained and reports to work for all assigned shifts; 5) positive, supportive environment is created with established coaching and counseling practices along with updated performance reviews of all subordinate staff; 6) all required ServSafe, Food Handlers Certifications and Tuberculosis Tests are maintained by assigned staff; and 7) all Hazardous Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) procedures are adhered to.
  • Performs monthly inventory and submits report to Assistant Executive Chef as assigned. 
  • Monitors inventory on a daily basis to ensure adequate supplies are on hand at all times to meet projected needs based upon menu forecasts. 
  • Receives and examines all product and supplies delivered to his/her work area to ensure quantity is accurate and quality meets established standards and specifications.
  • Assists and develops recipes with the Assistant Executive Chef based on type of food to be prepared; develops new menu ideas and processes.
  • Working with assigned venue manager, manages food costs for venue to ensure: 1) food cost remains within budget; 2) menu items remain attractive to customers as measured by customer satisfaction and revenue generated; and 3) presentation meets F&B standards.
  • Manages smooth operational flow with front of the house to ensure guest satisfaction.
  • Interacts with guests on a daily basis to build positive patron relationships.
  • Maintains all equipment in accordance with maintenance schedules, orders repairs as needed and recommends replacement when warranted. 
  • Monitors cleanliness of all work areas under his/her supervision. 
  • Ensures employees comply with all health department and HACCP requirements.
  • Perform other duties as assigned to support the efficient operation of the department.

Supervisory Responsibilities

Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with SMC policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees, addressing complaints and problem solving.



  • Culinary degree from an accredited culinary institute required.
  • Minimum five (5) years of experience in a casino, hotel or other food & beverage operation with comparable volume, and with three (3) years supervisory/management experience.
  • Must be familiar with all cook classifications and with the proper preparation of most international and domestic dishes.


  • At the discretion of the San Manuel Tribal Gaming Commission you may be required to obtain and maintain a gaming license.
  • A qualified candidate/employee must have a valid drivers license with an acceptable driving record as determined by the companys insurance carrier.
  • Must obtain and maintain a ServSafe certification within 90 days of employment.

San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and San Manuel Casino will make reasonable accommodations in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

As one of the largest private employers in the Inland Empire, San Manuel deeply cares about the future, growth and well-being of its employees. Join our team today!

Additional Information

All applicants must be able to demonstrate their US work authorization during the employment verification process.


About this Employer

San Manuel Casino

777 San Manuel Boulevard
Highland, CA 92346


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About the company

San Manuel Casino  is located in Highlands, CA, just 60 minutes from downtown Los Angeles, and a short drive from LA-Ontario International Airport. The gaming facility is operated by the San Manuel Entertainment Authority, an economic instrumentality of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. The casino floor contains over 4,800 of the latest and most innovative slot machines in a state-of-the-art facility. It features over 130 Vegas-style poker and blackjack tables, an exclusive high-limit room, and a designated Poker room.

Food & Beverage venues include Big Mo’ Cafe, Tutu's Food Court with fast-food options around the clock, Rock & Brews with a wide selection of craft burgers and craft beer from around the world, as well as legendary comedian George Lopez's Chingon Kitchen, which provides an authentic Mexican dining experience. Guests can dance the night away with DJ's at Bar Bar Bar, listen to Rock'n Roll tribute bands on stage at Rock & Brews, or enjoy Latin music at George Lopez's Chingon Tequila Lounge.

Indian gaming in California is an exciting, thriving industry. Whether working on the casino floor or providing support to gaming operations as a “behind the scenes” employee, you can contribute to a dynamic and challenging business and have opportunities to learn and grow with the gaming industry. At San Manuel, our team members define us. Working at San Manuel is more than just a job. It is a career that will help you grow into the successful professional you want to be. Apply today to join our team!