Opportunity for a Toronto-based Chef de Cuisine to  work for an UHNW family. This position is ideal for individuals who thrive when given challenges, have a broad culinary repertoire with an understanding of health and nutrition through cooking, and have a commitment to excellence. The Chef de Cuisine will work in Toronto, Muskoka, and Naples with travel to other locations as required.


The Chef de Cuisine will report to the Private Executive Chef as well as the Director of Properties. The position is full-time and permanent. It offers an excellent salary, benefits, vacation, and an RRSP matching plan.


Role Overview:

The individual we are looking for must demonstrate the highest standards of safety, hygiene, professionalism, integrity, and discretion; while also having strong knowledge of health and nutrition as it relates to all aspects of the food sourcing, planning, preparation, and cooking. This role will also require strong interpersonal and communication skills to develop positive working relationships with the principal, culinary team, household staff, contractors, vendors, and others.


This role has responsibility (under the guidance of the Executive Chef) for all aspects of food & beverage provisioning, prep, cooking and service for the Principal as well as family/guests. This role is a critical component of the culinary team and has scope over multiple residences (Toronto, Muskoka, Naples). The Chef de Cuisine will play an active role in managing all aspects of food provisioning, preparation, clean up and service for entertaining and events – including hiring and managing of seasonal staff, caterers, as well as other duties as assigned by the Executive Chef.


NOTE: All applicants must be legally eligible to work in Canada and be COVID-19 vaccinated.


Activities will include:

  • Under guidance of the Executive Chef, responsible for Orchestrate thoughtful menu planning and food sourcing for family meals, dinner parties and private events for small to medium sized groups with potential for additional staff to assist.

  • Ensure impeccable attention to detail and stellar service for all occasions

  • Travel ahead of Principal on occasion offering comprehensive chef services from menu planning to sourcing ingredients, cooking for dinner parties, business events and family events

  • Supervise, train and mentor the Sous Chef


Work Hours and Accommodations:

  • This is not a 9-5 role; the expectation is that this role will be working most weekends

  • There will be extended periods of work in the different locations based on seasonality and the needs of the Principal  

  • Vacation time to be taken in the months of April and November (with some flexibility based on Principal’s requirements)

  • Long hours are expected, especially while the Principal/family/guests are present; however there will be opportunities to balance this out

  • The Chef de Cuisine will have accommodations provided while working in Muskoka and Naples



  • Must have strong previous experience as a Chef de Cuisine/Executive Chef for an UHNW principal.

  • Must have strong knowledge, experience and passion for health and nutrition and translating it into food preparation and cooking

  • Previous experience operating independently without a team in an Chef role is preferred

  • Demonstrable high self-motivation to ensure diligent, thoughtful, high quality and conscientious approach to food

  • Must have exceptional attention to detail.

  • Must be flexible and adaptable to changing work requirements

  • Must be able to travel to the US, have a valid passport

  • Ability to travel to Muskoka and Naples for extended periods

  • Must have valid driver’s license & a clean criminal record and have use of a reliable vehicle

  • Must be physically fit so as to be able to meet physical demands of the role such as setting up large outdoor ovens, large scale barbeques, filleting large fresh fish, long hours of standing work

  • Must be flexible with work schedules for occasional events (pre, during and post event activities)

  • Must be service oriented with strong communication skills

  • Must be gracious and able to handle difficult situations in a professional, calm, solution minded manner

  • Must be highly self-motivated and engaged, fueled with a passion for food, excellence and continuous improvement

  • Must be solution oriented, able to think outside the box, have demonstrated ownership and accountability and be team oriented

  • Must be familiar with self-managing schedules

  • Must be willing and able to go the extra mile, such as working successive long days when required

  • Must be able to anticipate, think ahead and take action towards meeting principal/guest needs

  • Strong ability to multi-task with excellent time management

  • Demonstrated pride and enthusiasm to fulfill requirements

  • A self-starter that can work effectively without constant supervision

  • Individual must have a polished and well-groomed professional appearance

  • Must always exercise complete discretion and maintain confidentiality

Positions We Place
  • Housekeepers

  • Cook/Housekeepers

  • Executive Housekeepers

  • Nannies

  • Laundresses

  • Elder Caregivers

  • Personal Assistants

  • Office Butlers

  • House Managers

  • Private Chefs

  • Butlers (Household & Corporate)

  • Domestic Couples

  • Estate Couples

  • Chauffeurs

  • Companions

  • Corporate Flight Attendants


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