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Executive Chef

Posted February 1, 2021

Best Western University Inn
Canton, NY
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About This Job

The County Seat Restaurant located in the Best Western University Inn is seeking an Executive Chef to lead our culinary operations.   Bring your talent and leadership to Canton, New York’s only full service hotel.   

Our full service hotel is located in the beautiful foothills of the Adirondacks and adjacent to St. Lawrence University and Clarkson University.  Our hotel offers 98 rooms, a restaurant and lounge, 4,000 square feet of banquet space, 18 hold golf course and clubhouse. 

As the Executive Chef, you will be responsible for development and enhancement of food product that is presented to our guests.  Develop menus for the restaurant and banquet facilities that respond to the local marketplace.  And lead from a positive perspective that will inspire the culinary team to have a passion for “Creating Great Guest Memories”.  

Skills  Required

Core Skills:
  • Leadership – ability to effectively motivate, mentor, coach & counsel others to perform well (including appropriate documentation)
  • Customer Service – deliver hospitable service that is attentive, friendly, efficient and courteous; demonstrate patience, tact and diplomacy
  • People Skills – ability to collaborate, create rapport, and work effectively with others
  • Communication Skills – ability to effectively listen & communicate professionally, both verbally and in writing
  • Problem-Solving & Analytical Skills – ability to identify the issue, collect and analyze information to understand the problem and effectively resolve. Identify, recommend, and implement best practices
  • Judgment & Discretion – appropriately handle confidential and sensitive information
  • Organizational & Time Management Skills – ability to appropriately schedule time to meet job demands, multi-task, prioritize, follow through, and work efficiently with limited supervision
  • Aptitude & Adaptability – ability to learn quickly and adapt to changing priorities and business needs
  • Composure – ability to maintain composure and work under pressure, managing stress to meet business demands. (Calmly handle all customer and employee interactions & issues)
  • Attention to Detail – ability to follow instructions and achieve thoroughness and accuracy when accomplishing tasks
  • Computer skills/ Technical Aptitude – proficiency in computer technology, i.e. e-mail, MS Word, Excel, & other hotel related systems. Utilize technology to enhance organizational efficiency
  • Training – ability to share knowledge and act as a resource in teaching others to perform tasks efficiently and safely
Technical Skills:
  • Must have strong Culinary/cooking skills - skilled in different styles of cooking
  • Food cost analysis, i.e., knowledge of food ordering, inventories, labor control
  • Thorough knowledge and understanding of kitchen equipment use and operation
  • Knife skills, grill, broiler, sauté and Expediter skills; garde manger experience
  • Financial understanding of food costs and minimizing waste in the kitchen

Experience / Education:         

Minimum 2 years’ of high volume kitchen management; catering/banquet experience, management or previous supervisory experience in food and beverage operations preferred; Culinary degree desirable or equivalent combination of education and work; previous experience with employee coaching and counselling as well as documentation; experience with establishing, documenting and enforcing food safety procedures and workplace safety procedures, as well as purchasing, receiving and inventory control. Serve Safe Certification and Allergy Awareness Training strongly preferred.

Physical Demands:

Work is performed in a hotel environment; This position is physically demanding as it requires extended periods of walking, standing, bending, and lifting up to 50 pounds.  Moderate levels of computer keying using both hands and viewing material on a computer screen.   Requires flexible working hours including nights and weekends; Extended workdays may be required to accomplish tasks and meet workload demands during peak periods.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

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About this Employer

Best Western University Inn

90 East Main Street
Canton, NY 13617

(315) 386-8522

98 Room Hotel

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About the University Inn

Enjoy all of the four seasons in the beautiful North Country here at the BEST WESTERN University Inn of Canton, NY.

With easy access off of Route 11, this 98 room property is surrounded by a championship golf course and groomed cross-country ski trails Whether you are planning a meeting, banquet, conference or wedding, the BEST WESTERN University Inn is here ot serve you. Our friendly staff, personalized service, and meeting spaces make this an ideal location for any special event.

Near St. Lawrence Univeristy

The BEST WESTERN University Inn is conveniently located adjacent to St. Lawrence University and several minutes from Clarkson University and Corning Incorporated. Families will especially enjoy an afternoon exploring nearby St. Lawrence Court House, Eisenhower Locks and St. Lawrence Seaway. Guests can also enjoy a short trip to Lake Placid, 1000 Islands or Ottawa, Canada.

Your Home Away From Home, in the North Country

Whether you are traveling to the Canton, New York area on business or pleasure, the BEST WESTERN University Inn is proud to offer comfortable guest rooms, outstanding customer service and an array of remarkable amenities, including a stunning 18-hole golf course and driving range on premises. Guests also enjoy cable satellite television with HBO', an inviting indoor swimming pool and a well-equipped fitness center. With an on-site restaurant, business center and high-speed wireless Internet throughout the hotel, it is the perfect destination for those traveling on business or leisure.