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Chef de Cuisine
ilili Restaurant
236 5th Avenue, New York, NY, United States
ilili Restaurant hiring Chef de Cuisine in New York, NY

ilili Restaurant hiring Chef de Cuisine in New York, NY

ilili RestaurantMore Info

Full Time • Salary (Based on Experience)
Expires: Oct 16, 2020


2 years

Job Details

We are opening more locations.....

As the premier institution of Lebanese food culture and hospitality values in the US, ilili has built its reputation sharing the elevated cuisine of Philippe Massoud with New Yorkers. ilili is the city’s go-to restaurant for sophisticated Lebanese and Levantine cuisine, and with its acceptance at the upper echelons of New York’s dining scene has achieved world renown. Located on 5th avenue just north of Madison Square Park and south of the Empire State building, ilili is a vibrant, bustling meeting point of New York savvy and Lebanese generosity.

We are hiring a Chef de Cuisine to lead our BOH team in NYC to reach excellence. We are growing and are currently scheduled to open our first out of state the spring of 2021. We are a high-volume restaurant serving around 600 covers for lunch and dinner, while touching every single plate. Our concept is based on mezze dining, a wide variety of small plates making up a meal.

We have been in New York City for 14 years now and our growth plan is in full throttle with many projects in the pipeline. This position opens the opportunity for rapid growth. All managerial positions will have the chance to grow into higher positions within the company.

As the Chef de Cuisine, you will be working closely with our owner and executive chef, to enhance company standards and be an active part of our growth plans.

We are seeking leaders with the hunger to drive our operation forward while being curious to learn and have a positive, uplifting attitude. There is no chef-ego here, we are all part of a team with a common objective of delivering excellence in food and hospitality.

This position is challenging and rewarding at the same time. You will take the responsibility of:

  1. Assessing our systems and procedures to come up with enhancements.
  2. Evaluating the effectiveness of our BOH operation and make recommendations.
  3. Scheduling BOH staff and maintaining fir working hours.
  4. Review the monthly P&L with the General manager.
  5. Recipe development and testing.
  6. Hiring and training of all BOH positions.


* Competitive salaries 
* Competitive bonus program includes quarterly and annual bonuses. 
* 1 week of paid vacation in your first year. 
* Health insurance. 
* Career growth.

Compensation details

Competitive salaries, competitive bonus program up to 10% of salary, 1 week paid time off in first year, company reimburses gym membership up to $100/month, health insurance, career growth

Required Skills

Enforcement Of Safety / Sanitation Standards


Food Budgeting

Food Cost Optimization

Food Handlers Certificate

Food Safety Knowledge


Kitchen management

Menu development

Ordering / Receiving

Over 300 covers a night


Sauce Development


Staff education / motivation

Up to 300 covers a night

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The story of ilili is embedded in a rich heritage of Lebanese cuisine and hospitality, dating back over 100 years and covering three generations of the Massoud family. A story that begins inside the walls of Beirut’s most iconic hotel and finds its way to the bustling streets of NYC.

Executive Chef & Owner Philippe Massoud and brother/co-owner Alex grew up in Beirut’s Coral Beach Hotel, started by grandfather, Alexander and passed down to father, George. This was Lebanon’s Golden Age, and the Coral Beach was Beirut’s social and cultural hub. It was here that Philippe first developed an interest in food, studying under the hotel’s head chef, and learning the nuances of regional flavors and elevated hospitality.

Philippe and Alex were forced to flee the Lebanese civil war as young teens, leaving their country, family and friends behind to settle in the U.S.. Yet despite the distance, Philippe’s love for the food culture of his homeland grew only stronger, a yearning exacerbated by the poor quality of the Lebanese food on offer.

Soon a clear vision emerged – one where Lebanese food gained the recognition it deserved, and sat alongside the world’s great cuisines as a true equal.

Lebanese cuisine is a sensory experience; an invitation for people to join your table to celebrate. It is about bringing people together around a shared theme of love, celebration, generosity, and care. This is the essence of ilili.

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