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Sous Chef

Posted April 20, 2021

Ventana Big Sur
Big Sur, CA

About This Job


A hallmark of the ALiLA brand is that every resort is deeply and uniquely of its place. For Ventana, that place is Big Sur, along California’s Central Coast, within a 45-minute drive of Monterey. The locale and the property are defined for its pristine, untouched natural surroundings along coastal seaside terrain.

ALiLA Ventana features a restaurant serving classic California cuisine inspired by the local bounty and produce of the Central Coast. The offerings extend throughout this historic property with three main outlets.  From both a full-service restaurant and a central commissary exclusively for resort guests to a roadside smokehouse available to all, the opportunity to showcase the best of what the region has to offer is boundless.

At AliLA, a Hyatt brand, we believe our guests select us because of our caring and attentive colleagues who are focused on providing efficient service and meaningful experiences. The Sous Chef is a plays an interal role on the resorts management team.

The goal of the Sous Chef is to manage a specific department and work with the Executive Chef and/or Executive Sous Chef to create, implement and maintain quality standards. In some instances the Sous Chef will be expected to be responsible for the entire operation in the absence of the Executive Sous Chef and/or Executive Chef. The ideal Sous Chef will accomplish their tasks by monitoring the daily functions of the culinary department, including providing support and guidance to the culinary team, ending in a positive guest experience. 
Responsibilities include: 
  • Support senior leadership by developing and assuming basic management responsibilities
  • Assume the role of liaison between all departments within the culinary division and all other hotel departments
  • Supervise the preparation and cooking of various food items
  • Develop and implement creative menu items that adhere to Alila brand standards
  • Plan, coordinate & implement special events and holiday functions
  • Manage hourly kitchen employees through scheduling, payroll, training, coaching, evaluating and hiring
  • May manage other key culinary leadership rolls including supervisor and other less senior Sous Chefs
  • Lead and coach the team towards achieving exceptional guest service and employee satisfaction results
  • Monitor food production, ordering, cost, and quality and consistency on a daily basis
  • Ensure proper safety and sanitation of all kitchen facilities and equipment


  • In-depth skills and knowledge of all kitchen operations
  • Possess strong leadership, communication, organization and relationship skills
  • Experience with training, basic financial management and customer service
  • Proficient in general computer knowledge
  • A true desire to exceed guest expectations in a fast paced customer service environment
  • Capable of producing a consistent product in a timely manner
  • Strong training and communication skills
  • Culinary education and/or on the job training, hotel experience preferred
  • Geographic and schedule flexibility preferred
Hyatt develops Sous Chefs to progress into the role of Executive Sous Chef through the training of Banquets, Restaurants and Garde Manager. Sous Chefs report directly to the Executive Sous Chef and/or Executive Chef.
Hyatt Hotels & Resorts believes in strong commitment to promotion from within.  Begin your career today as the Sous Chef and find yourself as a Executive Sous Chef within a few years.  70% of management hired is from within Hyatt, 89% of Managing Committee is promoted from within.  The statistics are there; make it your next step!
Hyatt associates work in an environment that demands exceptional performance yet reaps great rewards.  Hyatt has the best to offer in the culinary field. Whether its career opportunities, job enrichment or a supportive work environment, if you are ready for this challenge, then we are ready for you.

About this Employer

Ventana Big Sur

48123 California 1
Big Sur, CA 93920

(831) 667-2331

60 Room Hotel

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A Boutique Hotel in Big Sur, CA

Whether you come to explore, reconnect, or relax, the beauty and tranquility of our luxury boutique hotel in Big Sur will ensure that you will have a transformative experience.

Rediscover your sense of wonder.

Top Reasons to Stay


With weathered-cedar buildings, an on-site spa with Japanese hot baths, and daily California wine and cheese receptions, Ventana Inn & Spa is the epitome of rustic elegance.


Hike gorgeous redwood trails with professional guides or curl up in a hammock with a glass of wine and take in stunning views of the coast, canyons and mountains as deer and wild turkeys roam nearby.


When the fog rolls in over the ocean, you feel as if you are above the clouds. Give in to the magic and serenity and let your daily stresses just drift away.