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Sous Chef at Union Square Cafe

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Union Square Cafe’s seasonal cuisine draws inspiration from the kitchens and tables of Italy, France, and Northern California. Union Square Cafe—the flagship business that launched Union Square Hospitality Group—has been one of the country’s most beloved restaurants for more than 35 years. In our second home on 19th Street, Union Square Cafe embodies the heartfelt passion and generosity that has been the restaurant’s calling card since we opened in 1985. Designed by Rockwell Group, our new home preserves the restaurant’s signature charm, intimacy, and familiarity in a fresh, contemporary dining environment. Union Square Cafe has won five James Beard Awards and earned Zagat Survey’s #1 ranking as New York’s Most Popular Restaurant an unprecedented nine times. 

Who you are:

The Sous Chef works closely with the Executive Chef to maintain the highest quality and standards in the daily operations of kitchen. They ensure all pars are met in the prep kitchen and oversee execution of the menus throughout service. This position also has an active role in the management and development of Line Cooks, Prep Cooks and all hourly team members. The Sous Chef will be in charge of holding the BOH team accountable to consistent feedback and career development through their performance objectives. 

 What you’ll do:

  • Ensure high performance and maintain excellence & hospitality throughout each day’s specific service periods. 
  • Ensure consistent execution of food and timely flow of service by directing the team and effectively expediting service. 
  • Educate dining room service staff on all aspects of food menu & culinary procedures through tastings and staff presentation 
  • Maintain positive working relationship with dining room leaders and line staff at all times 
  • Ensure that all recipes, product, food preparations and food execution meet restaurant's specifications and commitment to culinary excellence. To the highest degree possible, ensure that kitchen & physical plant is kept clean, safe and up to all “A” level health code standards. 
  • Ensure all team members are appropriately trained to execute station properly, partnering with the Sous Chef team to make sure that all new hires are adequately trained before beginning their new role 

What we need from you:

  • 2+ years of experience in culinary leadership and fine dining
  • Certification in Hospitality-related field, or equivalent (preferred, not required)
  • Demonstrated experience in collaborating and communicating across teams
  • Excellent food & beverage knowledge
  • English fluency and additional languages preferred, but not required

What you’ll get from us:

  • Annual compensation range of $70,000 - $80,000, including bonus potential* 
  • Comprehensive Medical, Dental, and Vision insurance
  • Paid Time Off to support you with an active life outside of work
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Life Insurance
  • Flexible Spending Options (health care, dependent care, transit & parking)
  • Employee Assistance Program to support overall mental wellbeing
  • Exclusive access to primary care, mental health, and other healthcare services through Radish Health
  • Annual dining credit and 51% dining discount throughout the USHG family of restaurants
  • Matched 401(k) to help you invest in your future
  • Access to the USHG HUGS Employee Relief Fund

*The above represents the expected salary range for this position. Ultimately, in determining your pay, we'll consider your experience and other job-related factors.


Union Square Cafe

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