Sous Chef
Westerner Park
Red Deer, AB
SOUS CHEF—Catering & Concessions

FULL TIME

Westerner Park is Western Canada’s Event Centre…Your Home for Celebration! We provide premier

facilities and service for agriculture and trade, sports and entertainment, conferences and meetings. We

are community and team focused and continually growing.

Under the direction of the Executive Chef, the Sous Chef will aid in planning, leading and directing all

aspects and requirements for the Food and Beverage operations. The Sous Chef leads a team

responsible for assisting in coordinating all hospitality requirements at the Westerner Park to ensure

and provide quality service to both internal and external customers. The Sous Chef will give direction

and supervision to all other kitchen positions, coordinates and participates in the activities of cooks and

other kitchen team members engaged in preparing and cooking menu items. Is responsible for

preparation and presentation of full course entrees, soups, sauces, pastries and any other menu items

required in accordance with the Executive Chef’s set quality standards.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Under the direction of the Executive Chef, the Sous Chef duties will include, but are not limited to:

  • Coach and provide leadership to all the staff of the kitchen, either directly or through the Executive Chef,
ensuring the training and development of staff, providing input for performance, appraisals, and disciplinary

action, within the values and guidelines of Westerner Park.

  • Ensure consistent food preparation and the highest caliber of food presentation, taking advantage of all
opportunities to improve upon both, and ensuring communication to the Executive Chef.

  • Training and development of all banquet, catering and concession kitchen employees.
  • Strong and effective communication with all departments specifically Banquets and Catering.
  • Ensure cleanliness and hygiene is maintained in the various kitchen areas including refrigerators and
storerooms and that food products are rotated to ensure high standards of freshness. Ensure refrigerators

and storerooms are organized and maintained in the various kitchen areas on a daily basis and that all food

products are stored in accordance with provincial regulations.

  • Supervise and participate in the production and plating of all food service areas, to maintain the best quality
food style possible.

  • Aid in the transportation of all food products, to be sure it is arranged and presented up to the standards set
by the Executive Chef.

  • Provide input for menus, creating, developing, and recommending recipes, for the use of other staff, to
create a consistent and quality food product.

  • Aid the Executive Chef in ordering and inventory of food products for the preparation and operation, of an
efficiently run kitchen.

  • Conduct yourself as the Executive Chef would in their absence, in accordance with their values and positive
motivation tools.

  • Assist and coach in the organization of other staff to reduce the workload or meet the deadlines of the
department.

  • Ensure food is stored in appropriate containers, labeled, and rotated to ensure high standards of freshness,
minimizing waste and maximizing quality.

  • Aid the Executive Chef in creating, implementing, and maintaining department objectives and to ensure they
are met and exceeded.

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Westerner Park supports diversity in all our human resources practices.

SOUS CHEF—Catering & Concessions

FULL TIME

  • Ensure that the morale of the kitchen staff is maintained by practicing positive strategies to motivate staff,
encourage self-esteem and efficiency.

  • Help to raise the standards within the department and bring new concepts forth.
  • Respond in a positive and timely manner to all internal and external guest requests and complaints, while
meeting Westerner Park's standards to exceed the guest's expectations in addition to remaining budget

conscious, also ensuring that required forms are filled out and submitted to the Executive Chef and the

required department managers whom are notified and communicated with.

  • Strive to uphold a safe working environment and be Health and Safety conscious and actively involved in
maintaining and improving a safe work environment.

  • Prepare weekly staff schedules, and monitor staffing levels in conjunction with determined budgets.
  • Maintain the highest departmental standards as determined by the Executive Chef, and the guests.
  • Seek opportunities to increase food revenue, decrease kitchen expenses and maximize departmental
productivity without compromising our guests' satisfaction.

  • Manage employee performance through training, coaching, or corrective action as required, excluding
termination of employees.

  • Responsible for the complete kitchen operation in absence of the Executives Chef, please refer to his/her
job responsibilities.

  • Carry out other related duties which may be assigned from time to time.
  • Maintain product consistency by conducting inspections of seasonings, portion, and appearance of food.
  • All banquets and caterings functions are to be conducted in a timely fashion with co-ordination involving the
Executive Chef, Banquet and Catering Manager, ensuring readiness to start the event a minimum of fifteen

minutes prior to the service time.

  • Adhere to all Westerner Park Guidelines, Policies, Rules and Regulations.
  • Communicate to the Executive Chef any direct communications involving the Food and Beverage Manager
or The General Manager regarding kitchen operations.

  • Initial any direct changes made to Event Order or Banquet Function Sheets/Contracts.
  • Complete and submit to the Executive Chef any Maintenance Request Forms to have required equipment
repaired or serviced.

  • Meet with the Executive Chef on a daily and required basis as the Executive Chef determines necessary to
discuss any operational aspects of the kitchen.

  • Ensure that the delegation of tasks and food production is organized through the use of prep sheets.
  • Assign work and side duties to staff in accordance with departmental procedures. Communicate additions or
changes to the assignments as they arise throughout the shift. Identify situations which compromise the

Westerner Park's standards and delegate these tasks.

  • Conduct pre-shift meetings with staff to review all information pertinent to the day's business and/or events.
  • Inspect grooming and attire of staff; rectify any deficiencies.
  • Inspect prior to the service time of the function any banquet or function setups; inform the Banquet and
Catering Manager and ensure that any deficiencies are rectified.

  • Complete departmental filing.
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Westerner Park supports diversity in all our human resources practices.

SOUS CHEF—Catering & Concessions

FULL TIME

  • Oversee food deliveries to ensure the products have been delivered and stored according to the standards
set by the Executive Chef and provincial health regulations, and informs the Executive Chef of any

discrepancies.

  • Follow any and all recipes as they apply to any food products that you prepare, as determined by the
Executive Chef.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

  • Occasional lifting up to repetitive arm, hand and finger movements, occasional bending and reaching
  • Sense of taste, smell, and hearing is required as well as adequate visual acuity
  • Color vision is required
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time
  • Constant pushing/pulling up to 25 lbs. Occasional pushing/pulling 26 – 100 lbs.
  • Constant lifting/carrying up to 20 lbs. Frequent lifting/carrying 21 – 100 lbs. Occasional lifting/carrying over
100 lbs.

EXPERIENCE & QUALIFICATIONS

  • The ideal candidate must be motivated, enthusiastic, and able to multi-task in a fast paced environment
  • Ability to communicate effectively with guests, clients, and staff members
  • Demonstrated experience in public relations
  • Candidate must have Red Seal Certificate
  • Basic supervisory skills, capable of motivating, leading and developing associates
  • Must possess good organizational, communication and problems solving and decision-making skills
  • Ability to work conscientiously and with minimal direction
  • 3-5 years experience in a Kitchen environment as a Sous Chef preferably with catering background
  • WHMIS certification is required
  • Computer skills are required including knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Able to work flexible hours to accommodate business requirements, will require evening and weekend work
schedules

  • Basic accounting knowledge is an asset
AFFILIATIONS Westerner Employees Association — Exempt

TO APPLY Please email your Cover Letter and Resume to Human Resources with your name and

the name of the position you are applying for in the subject line to

HR@westernerpark.ca

This job description is not intended to be all inclusive. Personnel may perform other related duties as

requested to meet the ongoing needs of the organization.

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Westerner Park supports diversity in all our human resources practices.