Under direct supervision of the Surf Ranch Director of Hospitality the Full-Time Sous Chef is responsible for all culinary activities occurring at Surf Ranch, including the quality of food and beverage that is prepared and served to guests. The position is responsible for ensuring quality meals and service for Surf Ranch guests during their stay. The Sous Chef oversees the F&B Operations to ensure that all guest needs are being satisfied. The Surf Ranch Sous Chef must have a thorough understanding of the guests that are coming to visit Surf Ranch and be knowledgeable of any dietary or allergy restrictions. This position will oversee all activities in the kitchen, educate and train personnel, plan menus, oversee and product purchases and deliveries.

Responsibilities include (but not limited to):

  • Purchasing food/supplies from vendors approved by the company and monitor inventory
  • Develop menus and item pricing
  • Ensure that the kitchen and surrounding areas are sanitized and clean in accordance with company standards and health code regulations
  • Prepare food/maintain facility in accordance with company and health code regulations
  • Hire, train, and supervise kitchen personnel, including the Food &Beverage Ops team
  • Stay current on restaurant industry trends
  • Identify new culinary techniques and presentations
  • Assist kitchen staff with food prep and recipe creation
  • Ensure quality meals and interact with guests on a regular basis, even preparing meals with guests at times 


  • 5+ years of previous experience serving as Chef, Cook or Sous Chef in commercial kitchen operation
  • Degree in Culinary Arts preferred
  • Food Safety Manager Certification and/or CA Food Handler Permit
  • Experience with ordering systems and delivery logistics
  • Experience in “5-star” hospitality services environment
  • Knowledge of guest menu requests and ability to work around allergy or dietary restrictions

Personal attributes

  • Exceptional work ethic
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Optimism and energy for the brand and its future
  • An open and collaborative nature

Physical Requirements

  • This position is very active and requires standing, walking, bending, kneeling, stooping, crouching, crawling, and climbing all day.
  • Must be physically able to chop and prepare produce, wipe down surfaces, reach, twist, bend and be able to pick up debris from floor or items from storage spaces; able to carry 25 or more pounds.
  • Ability to work and maneuver in small or confined spaces, such as cupboards, refrigerators, and food storage areas.

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