Upward Projects LLC

  • Executive Chef

    Job Locations
    Upward Projects Lab (Main Office)





    Become a passionate leader for a dynamic restaurant brand creating authentic connections with team-members, guests, vendors, and our communities. Become relentless in pursuing operational excellence and achieving desired results. Enjoy mentoring other team members and investing time in developing clear career pathways. Strive for intellectual humility and understand the best solutions come from collaboration and open communication from all team members.




    We are a restaurant group that thrives on creating authentic and inspiring experiences for the communities we serve. Through the contributions of countless incredible people, past and present, we’re headed to the moon with a simple mission — to make people feel good.



    Be your true self and courageous to represent your believes while being coachable and open to feedback. 


    Do the right thing always. Be accountable and trustworthy. 


    Bring passion for hospitality to every shift. We love smiles and positivity.  


    Be part of a winning team that is committed to delivering hospitality at the highest level. 


    We take pride in the pursuit to be the best, but we can only do that as a collaborative team.


    This position performs and enhances the completion of the daily functions of the assigned restaurant through delegation and development of the culinary managers and teams. This position is responsible for meeting and exceeding company financial results assigned to the position while maintaining a positive work environment, high levels of product quality, cleanliness, productivity and efficient use of company resources.


    Specific Job Duties

    • Inspects the delegated tasks of all kitchen employees, supervisors, and managers to ensure company standards are met in an efficient manner.
    • Inspects the sanitation, cleanliness, and safety of the kitchen equipment and facilities. Actively solves any issues immediately and provides systems to maintain company standards in the future. Actively develops systems to increase productivity, safety, and efficiency in the kitchen
    • Reviews past orders of product and ensures items have been received, inspected, and stored correctly. Works with vendors to correct any issues in a timely manner.
    • Mentors and develops leaders through side-by-side engagement in tasks and duties of staff, supervisors, and managers actively providing positive coaching and correcting behaviors that do not achieve appropriate results
    • Promotes and ensures the use of company training schedules and materials for all kitchen employees.
    • Endorses cross training as part of developing additional skills in staff upon completion of training to improve the flexibility and versatility of the staff.
    • Responsible for reviewing, creating, and investigating the organization, creation, and communication of scheduling for the kitchen staff according to past sales, trends, events, and providing guidance when shortfalls are present.
    • Involved in research and development phases while promoting creativity and stimulating kitchen staff to gain new skills and training.
    • Ensures kitchen managers are following recruiting procedures and utilizing interview cards.
    • Actively involved in the recruiting, hiring, and promoting of kitchen managers, supervisors, and employees.
    • Involved in implementing and communicating performance reviews, salary increases, counseling, and termination of kitchen salary and hourly positions.
    • Determines financial accuracy of sales records, expenses, and inventories through pro-actively researching, reviewing, correcting discrepancies, and maximizing profitability of kitchen products.
    • Inspects delivery of products and ensures proper quality of goods for production while pro-actively solving any shortfalls through communicating and following-up with vendors.
    • Ensures the quality of kitchen food and beverage is produced at a high level and meets company standards at all times.
    • Maintains company culture and product knowledge through providing and completing direction of pre-shift meetings on a daily basis.
    • Maintains a safe, secure and healthy facility environment by establishing, following, and enforcing sanitation standards and procedures, complying with health and legal regulations and maintaining security systems when applicable.
    • Investigates and actively resolves kitchen product issues.
    • Maintains proper professional conduct and uniform appearance of all team members and provides the example in their own behaviors.
    • Promotes a supportive, respectful and inclusive work environment.
    • Ensures proper holding, cooling, and cooking temperatures, storage, rotation, handling, of food and beverage products within the kitchen.
    • Provides a vision for the kitchen team and mentors each through development and playing an active role in their acquiring of new skills and turning them into talents.
    • Continually stay aware of trends in the industry and actively pursues information to improve performance and implements solutions from them.
    • Demonstrates a confident command of knowledge regarding kitchen products and services and ensures staff knows, demonstrates, and communicates products and service to our guests confidently.
    • Follows company policies and standards and holds staff accountable to do the same.
    • Provides constant professional feedback with documentation to all team members to meet company service and job expectations.
    • Places orders for product in a timely and efficient manner and minimizing shortages or issues regarding access to needed product.
    • Educates staff on proper safety within the kitchen and best practices when producing food items.
    • Actively tastes production of goods and provides solutions to correct the issues.
    • Manages the proper cleanliness, organization, rotation, and storage of walk-ins, reach-ins, and other food storage areas.
    • Keeps all chemicals labeled and updated in GHS MSDS. Recognizes employee hazards and reports them to the general manager.



    Experience and Education


    • The position requires 1 year of full-service restaurant Kitchen Manager experience or 3-5 years of service industry management experience. Internal candidates must be in good standing and free of performance issues within 1-year time-period. Combined work experience and education will be considered in decisions.
    • Associate’s degree in Culinary, Hospitality, Management, or Business preferred.
    • State Food Handler’s Management Certification is required. 

    Other Duties


    Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.




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