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Sous Chef
Café Tartine – Silver Lake
3921 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90029, USA
Café Tartine – Silver Lake hiring Sous Chef in Los Angeles, CA

Café Tartine – Silver Lake hiring Sous Chef in Los Angeles, CA

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Full Time • Salary (Based on Experience)
Expired: Nov 14, 2019

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5 years

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Job Summary

Expanding on the Tartine classics, from country bread to our croissants and morning buns, our All-Day Cafes are bakery forward. Featuring an extensive bread, pastry and viennoiserie program, with an expanded savory offering of seasonal tartines, smorrebreads, salads, soups and more. Serving Coffee Manufactory beverages, and a bar program curated by Nick Meyer. A cafe, the Tartine Way. Our Silverlake outpost is right on Sunset in the heart of the Silverlake neighborhood. This location will feature a full service dining room most akin to our Tartine Manufactory in SF.


The role of our Sous Chef is to prepare culinary delights for our guests and owners and execute the menu, ensuring a high level of performance and guest satisfaction. Guest satisfaction in our dining room revolves around the food appearance, high quality of the food and overall dining experience. The Sous Chef is responsible for creating daily menus, preparation of food items and maintaining cleanliness in all areas of the kitchen.


Activities & Responsibilities


  • Promote, work, and act in a manner consistent with the mission of TARTINE.
  • Comply with Standards of Service and assists in assuring the same from all kitchen employees.
  • Assists in manage a day-to-day operation of the kitchen, coordinate food production schedules and ensure highest level of food quality, taste and presentation.
  • Participate in actual food preparation, produce food consistently high quality, taste and presentation and expedite during peak meal periods as needed.
  • Control food cost by assisting in training kitchen staff on the proper methods of food preparation and handling, by training kitchen, restaurant and steward employees on how to handle leftover food items.
  • Ensures that all kitchen employees consistently adhere to uniform, grooming and appearance standards.
  • In conjunction with the Executive Chef & Chef de Cuisine, establish goals for the kitchen, anticipate and resolve problems concerning all facets of the kitchen, anticipate trends, enact approved profit-oriented and cost saving ideas/activities. Establish and require strict adherence to health department and food handling guidelines
  • In conjunction with the Executive Chef and Chef de Cuisine, develop menus & create and ensure adherence to recipes and product specifications. Train kitchen staff on all new menus.
  • The Sous Chef must maintain effective communication within the kitchen and dining room, be responsive to staff suggestions and concerns and work to resolve problems
  • Maintain effective working relationship with dining room manager, staff and all other ranch departments.
  • Assist in food orders based upon projected levels of business.
  • Conduct regular inspections of the entire kitchen/dishwashing areas and coolers and promptly act to correct deficiencies found during inspection.
  • Ensure that all restaurant policies, procedures, standards, specifications, guidelines, and training programs and followed and completed on a timely basis.
  • Monitor compliance with health and fire regulations regarding food preparation and serving and building maintenance.
  • Achieve company objectives in sales, service, quality, appearance of facility and sanitation and cleanliness through training of employees and creating a positive, productive working environment.
  • Monitor food preparation methods, portion sizes, and garnishing and presentation of food to ensure that food is prepared and presented in an acceptable manner.
  • Ensure compliance with all federal, state, county and municipal regulations that pertain to health, safety and labor requirements of the restaurant, employees, and guests.
  • Control cash and other receipts by adhering to cash handling and reconciliation procedures in accordance with restaurant policies and procedures.
  • Investigate and resolve complaints regarding food quality, service, or accommodations.
  • Coordinate assignments of cooking personnel to ensure economical use of food and timely preparation.
  • Ensure that all products are received in correct unit count and condition and deliveries are performed in accordance with the restaurant’s receiving policies and procedures.
  • Review financial statements, sales or activity reports, or other performance data to measure productivity or goal achievement or to identify areas needing cost reduction or program improvement.
  • Schedule and receive food and beverage deliveries, checking delivery contents to verify product quality and quantity.
  • Monitor budgets and payroll records and review financial transactions to ensure that expenditures are authorized and budgeted.
  • Maintain food and equipment inventories and keep inventory records.
  • Schedule staff hours and assign duties.
  • Establish standards for personnel performance and customer service.
  • Perform some food preparation or service tasks, such as cooking, clearing tables, and serving food and drinks when necessary.
  • Plan menus and food utilization, based on anticipated number of guests, nutritional value, palatability, popularity, and costs.
  • Keep records required by government agencies regarding sanitation or food subsidies.
  • Test cooked food by tasting and smelling it to ensure palatability and flavor conformity.
  • Organize and direct worker training programs, resolve personnel problems, make hiring and termination decisions, and evaluate employee performance.
  • Be knowledgeable of restaurant policies regarding personnel
  • Administer prompt, fair and consistent corrective action for any and all violations of company policies, rules and procedures.
  • Continually strive to develop staff in all areas of managerial and professional development.
  • Order and purchase equipment and supplies.
  • Review work procedures and operational problems to determine ways to improve service, performance, or safety.
  • Assess staffing needs and recruit staff.
  • Arrange for equipment maintenance and repairs, and coordinate a variety of services, such as waste removal and pest control.
  • Record the number, type, and cost of items sold to determine which items may be unpopular or less profitable.
  • Review menus and analyze recipes to determine labor and overhead costs, and assign prices to menu items.
  • Attend all scheduled employee meetings and offers suggestions for improvement.
  • Coordinate with and assist fellow employees to meet guests’ needs and support the operation of the restaurant.
  • Fill-in for fellow employees where needed to ensure guest service standards and efficient operations.
  • Protect the safety of self, co-workers ranch guests at all times.
  • Report any potentially harmful equipment or situations to the immediate supervisor without delay.
  • Report safety-related accidents and incidents at once to immediate supervisor.
  • Follow all company and department safety policies and procedures.
  • Operate equipment in a safe manner that will not lead to injury of yourself or others.
  • Drive in accordance with the law and resort policies.
  • Assist Dining Room Manager/Executive Chef/Chef de Cuisine with training of kitchen staff.
  • Assist Dining Room Manager/Executive Chef/Chef de Cuisine with food management/menus.
  • As a Sous Chef you will be expected to work with Associates to ensure satisfaction. A Sous Chef will have to take initiative and get creative in resolving challenges and involve a Manager only when previous methods have been unsuccessful.


  • Monitor employee and guest activities to ensure liquor regulations are obeyed.
  • Schedule use of facilities or catering services for events such as banquets or receptions and negotiate details of arrangements with clients.
  • Develop, plan, and implement restaurant marketing, advertising and promotional activities and campaigns.
  • Estimate food, liquor, wine, and other beverage consumption to anticipate amounts to be purchased or requisitioned.
  • Create specialty dishes and develop recipes to be used in dining facilities.
  • Establish and enforce nutritional standards for dining establishments, based on accepted industry standards.
  • Take dining reservations.

***Other Duties Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice. 


Minimum Qualifications

  • Five or more years of experience in varied kitchen positions including food preparation, line cook, fry cook, and expediter
  • At least 6 months experience in a similar capacity
  • Able to communicate effectively with managers, kitchen and dining room personnel, and guests
  • To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • Advanced understanding of professional cooking and knife handling skills. Understanding and knowledge of safety, sanitation and food handling procedures. Previous kitchen management/supervisory experience required.
  • Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos.
  • Ability to write simple correspondence. Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to customers, clients, and other employees of the organization.
  • PHYSICAL DEMANDS The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and smell. The employee frequently is required to walk; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to sit. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly exposed to outside weather conditions. The employee is frequently exposed to high, precarious places and fumes or airborne particles. The employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts, toxic or caustic chemicals, risk of electrical shock, and vibration. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

Tools & Technology

  • Blast freezers and chillers
  • Cappuccino or espresso machines
  • Carbonated beverage dispenser
  • Commercial use:

- blenders, choppers, cubers, dicers, graters, grinders, peelers, processors, and/or slicers

- broilers, deep fryers, griddles, grills, heat lamps, high pressure steamers, microwave ovens, ovens, pizza ovens, ranges, rice cookers, rotisseries, smokers, steamers, toasters, waffle irons

  • coffee grinders
  • coffee or iced tea makers
  • cotton candy machines or accessories
  • cutlery
  • dishwashers
  • dough machines
  • food warmers
  • juicers
  • measuring cups
  • mixers
  • pasta machines
  • popcorn machines
  • rolling pins
  • scales
  • woks
  • Domestic tools:

- apple corer

- double boilers

- garnishing tools

- kitchen or food thermometers

- kitchen tongs

- knife sharpeners

- mandolin

- melon or butter baller

- sifter

- strainers or colanders

- trash compactors

- vegetable brush

- whipped cream maker

  • Fire blankets
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Ice dispensers
  • Ice shaver machines or accessories
  • Non-carbonated beverage dispenser
  • Notebook computers
  • Personal computers
  • Point-of-sale terminals and workstations


Elisabeth Prueitt and Chad Robertson opened Tartine Bakery in 2002 in San Francisco’s Mission District.  The two met while attending the Culinary Institute of America (they were seated alphabetically) and together developed their love of baking. Over 17 years later they continue to make their coveted morning buns and country loaves -  and also continue to push the boundaries around sustainability, ingredient sourcing and improving the artisanal process through innovation. Together they have published 5 award-winning books with 2 more in production. 


In 2015, Tartine partnered with coffee veteran Chris Jordan to build Coffee Manufactory, a sister brand that would source and roast coffee mirroring the same sustainability principles of Tartine. In 2016, Tartine Manufactory SF opened its doors and in 2018 Tartine launched its first international location in Seoul, Korea and expanded to Southern California opening The Manufactory Los Angeles. We are poised for growth, but ensuring we are doing so at a human scale - continuing to invest in our partners, our people and our supply chain. 



Chad and Elisabeth are multi-time James Beard Award Winners and Nominees for their work at Tartine Bakery as well as their cookbooks.  

Tartine Manufactory named one of America’s 50 Best New Restaurants in 2017

Coffee Manufactory named “Best Coffee” in Food & Wine in 2019


TARTINE Philosophy:

Tartine is committed to creating a lasting legacy in our communities through hospitality and experience. Delivering things you have seen before in a way you have never experienced, from a warm loaf of bread to a hot cup of coffee. 

Our core values: 


We are committed to transparency and approachability every step of the way. We define ourselves by our open kitchens, shared practices and collaboration with partners and suppliers.


Baking requires careful balance. Tartine is built on the balance of flavors, the balance of ideas and the balance between our founders. We bring together a diversity of people, ingredients and approaches.


Patiently pursuing the best possible solution for our guests. We are united by a common high standard. In each space, in each meal, each loaf.


AAP / EEO Statement:                                                          

The Manufactory is an equal opportunity employer and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions), national origin, ancestry, age, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, family care leave status, marital status, sexual orientation, veteran status or political ideology, as these terms are defined by state, federal and local law. The Manufactory also makes reasonable accommodations for disabled employees.

To comply with applicable laws ensuring equal employment opportunities to qualified individuals with a disability, The Manufactory will make reasonable accommodations for the known physical or mental limitations of an otherwise qualified individual with a disability who is an applicant or an employee unless undue hardship would result. Any employee who requires an accommodation in order to perform the essential functions of the job should contact their supervisor or Human Resources and request such an accommodation. 

Finally, The Manufactory prohibits harassment of any individual on any of the bases listed above. For information about the types of conduct that constitute impermissible harassment and internal procedures for addressing complaints of harassment, please refer to the restaurant's policy against harassment.

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