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Sous Chef
Emma's Torch
Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, NY, USA
Emma's Torch  hiring Sous Chef in New York, NY

Emma's Torch  hiring Sous Chef in New York, NY

Emma's Torch More Info

Full Time • Salary (Based on Experience)
Expired: Sep 19, 2019

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3 years

Job Details

Who we are:

Emma’s Torch is a non-profit social enterprise that empowers refugees through culinary education. Based in Brooklyn, we operate a restaurant in Carroll Gardens, a growing catering business, and a cafe at the Brooklyn Public Library. More information can be found at 


The Position:

The Sous-Chef will work alongside the Culinary Director to provide a safe and constructive work environment for the students, teach the students all aspects of production and service in a restaurant environment, maintain a high standard of cleanliness, organization, and food quality, manage the day-to-day back of house and service operations.  The Sous-Chef will also be the point of contact when the Culinary Director and/or GM is not present.


  • Culinary Arts degree
  • 1-3 years progressive experience in the Back of House
  • Committed interest in teaching, mentoring, and the advancement of culinary arts in the restaurant industry
  • Knowledge in the Google Suite / Microsoft Office
  • Outstanding communication, supervisory, and problem-solving skills
  • Experience with all meal periods (breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner)
  • Experience with events and catering
  • Self-motivated with an excellent work ethic
  • Able to work Full-Time, mornings, nights, and weekends
  • Able to lift up to 50 pounds
  • Able to stand/walk for at least 8 hours


  • Teach and manage all kitchen staff
  • Mentor and support students throughout their apprenticeship 
  • Operate as the primary manager of day to day operations in the restaurant or cafe
  • Be an example and mentor for work ethic, conduct, training, organization, sanitation, and professionalism
  • Assist with scheduling, menu development, costing, inventory, labor control, and DOH guidelines
  • Family meal and creation of specials
  • Respond to guest inquiries as needed


  • Advanced knife skills
  • Butchery
  • Meat and fish cookery
  • Vegetable cookery
  • Recipe development
  • Food safety & DOH Standards
  • Expediting
  • Smoking
  • Sous-Vide Cooking
  • Ordering & Inventory
  • Scheduling
  • Food & Labor Cost Control
  • Cooking for over 200 Covers/service
  • Events for up to 150 guests
  • Microsoft Office programs (or equivalent)
  • Foreign Language

Interested applicants should send a cover page and CV to [email protected] 

Emma’s Torch is an equal opportunity employer. Emma’s Torch does not discriminate based on age, race, ethnicity, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, veteran status, genetic predisposition, or carrier status.

Required Skills

Advanced Knife Handling


Culinary Menu / Recipe Development


Enforcement Of Safety / Sanitation Standards

Equipment Maintenance


Family Meal

Fish Cookery

Fish butchery

Food Budgeting

Food Cost Optimization

Food Handlers Certificate

Food Safety Knowledge


General knife handling



Kitchen Cleaning/Sanitation

Kitchen management

Meat Butchery

Meat Cookery

Menu development

On-site Special Events

Ordering / Purchasing

Purveyor/Local Farmer Relationships





Staff education / motivation

Up to 200 covers a night

Vegan / Vegetarian Cooking

Vegetable Breakdown

Vegetable cookery

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Emma’s Torch is a non-profit social enterprise that trains and empowers refugees in the culinary arts. By investing in our refugees’ potential, we prepare our students for successful employment in an industry in which their culinary heritage can be celebrated. Emma’s Torch is named for Emma Lazarus, poet of the Statue of Liberty and a staunch advocate for refugee rights.

We offer two programs: a culinary and an ESL program. Students can participate in one or both.

Refugees in our 100-hour culinary program:
• Receive technical culinary training and licensing
• Get individual attention since each cohort is comprised of two students and one instructor
• Gain work experience at the Emma’s Torch Classroom Café
• Apply and land jobs in the culinary industry
• Are connected with a welcoming, supportive community as they adjust to life in the U.S.

Refugees in our ESL program:
• Learn English tailored to the culinary industry
• Practice with a small cohort of ten students
• Are connected with a welcoming, supportive community as they adjust to life in the U.S.

We also collaborate with some of New York’s most renowned chefs, industry leaders, and restaurant groups to facilitate employment opportunities for our students after graduation.