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Chef de Cuisine

Posted April 15, 2021

La Fonda on the Plaza
Santa Fe, NM
Fantastic Opportunity with one of the most prestigious hotels in Santa Fe, La Fonda on the Plaza. A wonderful opportunity to become a leader and trail blazer in Santa Fe's culinary scene!

About This Job

Chef de Cuisine

Department: Food & Beverage 

Reports toExecutive Chef / Food and Beverage Director

Purpose To achieve food & beverage revenue, profit and customer satisfaction goals by developing and implementing a menu that creates a luxury dining experience


  • Guests
  • Employees
  • Hotel owners
  • Management team
  • The local community
  • Vendors

Indicators of Success

  • Achievement of customer satisfaction and loyalty goals
  • Achievement of food and beverage revenue, profit and customer satisfaction goals
  • Achievement of employee satisfaction and retention goals
  • Achievement of the hotel’s financial goals

Areas of Responsibility

  • To develop and implement business strategies for the hotel that are aligned with the company’s overall mission, vision, values and strategies
  • Participate in the development of the hotel’s business strategies.
  • Develop and implement strategies for the kitchen that support achievement of the hotel’s goals.
  • Monitor status regularly and adjust strategies as appropriate.
  • Develop the annual budget in conjunction with the controller and Director of Food and Beverage.
  • Create an environment for employees that is aligned with the company culture through constant communication and reinforcement.
  • Deliver the company experience for guests and employees.
  • Communicate and reinforce the service vision for the hotel to managers and employees.
  • Create an environment at the hotel designed to stimulate all senses through personal services, amenities and experiences provided by employees.
  • Ensure that the hotel delivers the company experience by reviewing hotel operations from the customer’s perspective as well as from a business perspective.
  • Keep current on pulse of the guests, constantly seeking opportunities to follow up on their experience.
  • Provide employees with the tools and environment they need to deliver the company experience.
  • Develop and implement strategies and practices that support employee engagement.
  • Create luxury for the senses by developing and implementing a fine dining experience.
  • Research customer preferences and develop a menu that incorporates local foods and flavors in a fine dining experience.
  • Seek out sources for fresh food; monitor all produce and meat for freshness.
  • Tailor menu based on product availability; create distinctive daily specials that incorporate seasonal or special order ingredients.
  • Maintain product consistency by conducting inspections of seasonings, portion, and appearance of food.
  • Coordinate service with restaurant and banquet operations.
  • Manage the kitchen operation and ensure all labor and food cost items are in line with budget.
  • Develop and implement annual budget; monitor actual versus budgeted expenses.
  • Recommend menu pricing.
  • Oversee the inventory, purchasing and disbursement of all supplies.
  • Ensure that proper sanitation practices are followed.
  • Recruit and select staff.
  • Schedule staff based upon forecasted volumes.
  • Prepare reports summarizing food and beverage profitability, customer satisfaction, etc.

Success Factors

  • Focus on the customer: Seek to understand the internal/external customer and meet the needs of both the customer and the company.
  • Think creatively: Develop innovative approaches and imaginative solutions that meet real needs.
  • Apply professional, product or technical expertise: Demonstrate the ability to apply technical, professional or product expertise to real world situations.
  • Improve continuously: Constantly assess and adapt to current practices to perform a task better, faster or more efficiently.
  • Attend to detail: Ensure that data is accurate and work is thorough, meeting the highest standards.
  • Build strong relationships: Foster trust and cooperation among coworkers, customers and suppliers; develop and sustain personal contact in order to provide mutual benefit.
  • Share information: Provide information so that coworkers, customers and suppliers understand and can take action.
  • Drive for results: Work to achieve high levels of personal and organizational performance in order to meet or exceed objectives.
  • Foster teamwork: Work well in a team environment and motivate teams to sustain exceptional levels of performance.

Key Skills and Requirements

  • Delegation: Assign tasks using such techniques as needs analysis, individual skills assessment, objective setting and communication.
  • Organization: Demonstrate ability to proactively prioritize needs, put first things first, and effectively manage resources.
  • Performance management, supervisory: Demonstrate ability to relate to, communicate with and motivate employees to sustain high performance and quality levels.
  • Planning: Skillfully determine whether tasks should be attempted, identifying the most effective way of completing the task, and preparing to overcome expected difficulties.
  • Six years experience or more in cooking and managing a culinary team in an upscale food and beverage operation.
  • Degree from internationally recognized culinary institution preferred.

compensation: 60K plus benefits and potential bonus structure


About this Employer

La Fonda on the Plaza

100 E. San Francisco Street
Santa Fe, NM 87501

(505) 995-2334

180 Room Hotel

Our Hotel

Vibrant decor and authentic New Mexican architecture intermingle with indulgent amenities including complimentary Wi-Fi, concierge services, free water, Nespresso machine, complimentary art & history tours 4 days a week, a business center and much more. Each of our 180 beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites present an opportunity to experience the elegance of our property, boasting original artwork and hand-crafted furniture and luxury amenities.

An authentic example of one of Santa Fe's 4-Diamond hotels, La Fonda on the Plaza offers three classic New Mexican dining experiences including a one-of-a-kind, seasonal, outdoor cocktail bar. Breathtaking event venues showcase views of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, creating an idyllic location for Santa Fe weddings and events while stately meeting rooms and a complimentary business center make La Fonda the ideal solution for your business meetings and corporate travel. Our central location on the historic Santa Fe Plaza provides guests with unsurpassed access to original local artwork, entertainment and attractions. And as the Travel + Leisure's Readers' Choice Destination of the Year 2017 and Condé Nast Traveler's Top Ten Reader's Choice Awards in the Southwest and West 2018, Santa Fe and La Fonda's distinction as an unforgettable destination has never been clearer.