What does a Kitchen Manager do?
As a Kitchen Manager you will manage the back of the house in a fine dining establishment. You will hire and train the kitchen staff and ensure ServSafe protocols are followed. You will be responsible for ordering food and supplies and negotiating with vendors to achieve optimal pricing and meet budgeted costs. You will ensure the food is prepared correctly and quickly. Additionally, you are responsible for maintaining the cleanliness of the kitchen area.
The ideal candidate is a skilled negotiator with a bachelor's degree in hospitality management or related field with 5+ years of experience working in a fine dining restaurant and a ServSafe certification. You must have the flexibility to consistently work weekends, holidays and frequent late nights.
- Responsible for hiring all kitchen staff
- Conduct training on restaurants procedures and expectations
- Develop schedule for kitchen staff to ensure coverage and maximize operational efficiencies
- Coordinate with the General Manager and the Chef on the menu offerings
- Establish relationships with vendors
- Place food and supply orders as necessary
- Ensure the kitchen is cleaned and meets all regulations
- Ensure the food is prepared to order and in a timely manner
- 5+ years of experience working in a fine dining restaurant
- Valid ServSafe certification
- Excellent customer service skills
- Ability to effectively communicate with the kitchen staff
- Superior attention to detail
- Proficient with budgeting
- Skilled negotiator
- Available to work weekends, holidays and frequent late nights
- Expert in hiring kitchen staff for a fine dining restaurant
Kitchen Manager Salaries
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Kitchen Manager Career Path
Learn how to become a Kitchen Manager, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.
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Kitchen Manager Insights
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“Diversified place to work and friendly”
“Great leaders and team ethic motivated.”
“You get to work alongside some of the best restaurateurs in the world and meet some incredibly influential people.”
“The pay was decent but not livable”
“I don't really know I'm an overnight manager nights are the best for me”
“Good pay – started at $11/hour and worked my way up to $14”
“I was overwhelmed and overworked”
Kitchen Manager Interviews
Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of a Kitchen Manager
When working as a Kitchen Manager, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Dexterity, Time Management, English Language, Positive Attitude and Irish.
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The most common qualifications to become a Kitchen Manager is a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.