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Opportunity for an experienced Private Chef to work for a family in their Kitchener Waterloo, Ontario home. The Private Chef should be able adaptable and be able to pivot to changes. This is a full-time and live-out position. The schedule is primarily Monday to Friday, lunch and dinner, however, flexibility to accommodate events is required.

 

The position offers a competitive salary and three weeks' vacation.

Experience as a Private Chef, Personal Chef, and / or Caterer is an asset as is a diploma from a Culinary School. The Private Chef should have a broad culinary repertoire and be able to prepare elevated food when required as well as nutritious family-friendly food.

 

Applicants must hold current status to legally work in Canada. Sponsorship is not being considered. They must also be vaccinated against COVID-19. The Private Chef should have a G-level driver’s license and their own vehicle that can be used for work purposes (mileage will be paid).

 

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Prepare lunch and dinner

  • Provisioning/ shopping for food, and other items for the home 

  • Food inventory management

  • Menu planning

  • Assist in organizing, executing, and cooking for guest events and dinner parties

  • Organise special events such as: dinner parties/ birthday parties, lunch parties, BBQ’s, canapé drinks parties, as well as cooking at secondary property on occasion

  • Responsible for a “grab-and-go” and “heat-and-serve“ fridge program. Provide preparation instructions on how fridge program items. Items should be dated.

  • Produce visually pleasing meals that are nicely plated

  • Menus are to be kept fresh, dynamic, and interesting. They should be balanced and nutritious. Repetition is to be avoided, unless otherwise requested. 

  • Exercise excellent time management. Meals are to be served on time.

  • Responsible for leaving mise-en-place breakfast items for the following morning (i.e. fresh fruit, smoothies, home-made granola, fresh muffins, breads, etc.)

  • Work in a clean and tidy manner with a “clean as you go” work mentality

  • Post meal clean up

  • Table setting and service when numbers permit

  • Ensure that appliances are in working order and call in vendors should a repair be required

  • Maintain food safety, hygiene, and ensure food rotation is managed

  • Maintain cleanliness and sanitation throughout kitchen, which includes regular cleaning of appliances, refrigerator, cupboards, drawers, and pantry

  • Responsible for barbecuing and keeping the barbecue clean

  • Careful attention to maintaining fine kitchen surfaces

  • Management of the kitchen budget and petty cash. Monthly credit card reconciliation with receipts.

  • At some point, there might be a kitchen garden. In such a case, the Private Chef will harvest the kitchen garden on a regular basis. 

  • Maintain a positive and professional manner while at work

  • Management of kitchen garbage and recycling

  • Follow COVID safety protocols

  • Maintain confidentiality at all times

  • Any other duties that may be required from time to time.

 

Qualifications and Aptitudes:

  • A minimum of 3 years’ experience working in a luxury residence as a Private Chef, Personal Chef, and / or Caterer

  • A culinary certificate / diploma is preferred but not a pre-requisite

  • Wine knowledge as well as wine and food pairing knowledge

  • Table setting and service experience

  • Experience in proactively planning, organizing, and executing events

  • Be willing to follow family dietary restrictions and food preferences

  • This is a “no ego” home that suits a Chef who is open to feedback and requests

  • Should be organized and not flustered by a busy household or last minute changes

  • Must have a G-level license, clean driver’s abstract and access to a vehicle (mileage as per Canada Revenue Agency standard will be paid)

  • Ability to offer schedule flexibility

  • Good English communication skills (verbal and written)

  • The ability to work constructively and cooperatively with others

  • The ability to demonstrate an appropriate level of courtesy, integrity, respect, and discretion

  • A polished and professional bearing

  • Someone who is happy, personable, trustworthy, and takes pride in what they do

  • Must be punctual and organized

  • Maintain confidentiality and security of all household information

  • Must be vaccinated against COVID-19, self-monitor, and follow safety guidelines

  • Willing to agree to a background check

  • Willing to sign a confidentiality agreement

  • This is a non-smoking and fragrance free household

  • The candidate must hold status to legally work in Canada. Sponsorship is not being considered.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Please apply with a resume. It will be reviewed and you may be contacted if it is in alignment with the position. Due to response volume, telephone calls are not accepted as a first step in the application process.

PLEASE NOTE: We thank all applicants for their interest, however, only those who meet the position's requirements shall be contacted.

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