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The Gourmandise School of Sweets & Savories hiring Cooking School Operations Manager in Santa Monica, CA

The Gourmandise School of Sweets & SavoriesMore Info

Full Time • Hourly ($25.00 - $28.00)
Expired: May 4, 2024

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Required Years of Experience

1 year

Job Details


The Kitchen Manager’s main responsibilities are daily oversight as well as hands-on management of the back-of-house of the cooking school.  Key areas of the job include:  food sourcing; maintenance of the kitchen and classrooms, and its equipment according to cleanliness and safety standards; and managing the kitchen staff.   The overall goal for this position is to keep the classes and kitchen running safely, smoothly, efficiently, and economically. 

PLEASE NOTE: This position is strictly administrative.  There is no creative culinary aspect with cooking or baking. 

Job Skills and Requirements

  • Highly organized and detail oriented.
  • Experience managing people. Prefer minimum of 1 year managing a kitchen staff.
  • Familiar with computer programs including Microsoft Office Suite, and capable of learning new software applications.
  • Occasional heavy lifting.
  • Strong and clear communication skills and follow-up.
  • Ability to be flexible with situations, and creative in problem solving.
  • Ability to shop the local farmers markets and develop relationships with the farmers.
  • Must have valid Driver License and use of a car to shop at specialty markets.


  • STAFF: Manage kitchen staff employees including hiring and scheduling.
  • FOOD & SUPPLIES: Manage the sourcing and inventory of all food items and equipment for all classes and events.
  • KITCHENS: Oversee daily maintenance of kitchens, equipment, and back of house.
  • Manage the process for all ingredients and equipment to be prepared for each class.
  • Developing any beneficial procedures and systems to constantly improve the efficiency of the back of house.

Duties Including but not Limited To:

  • Food Sourcing
    • Manage the process of sourcing food, equipment and supplies for all classes and events.
    • Planning the shopping for the long-term as much as possible by keeping pars for staples; managing the inventory of proteins using freezing/defrosting and ordering cost-effectively in bulk when possible; and long-term planning for orders for Farmers Markets and key vendors. Same applies to kitchen supplies.
    • Manage a Shopper’s Assistant/Coordinator that helps Manager to sort, plan, and inventory.
  • Staffing
    • Staff Schedule:
      • Creating the staff schedule at least 2 weeks ahead using the 7Shifts app
      • Managing the staff Meal Break times, and watching for Overtime, and creating system that enforces them.
      • Identifying the best staff situation for each class based on skill and availability.
      • Approving requested Time Off.
      • Providing last minute staffing for Private Events.
    • Staff Oversight:
      • Managing kitchen employees to ensure they are well-trained and perform accordingly.
      • Clearly communicating their tasks, assignments and method of how they execute their roles, and ensuring compliance.
      • Keeping moral up, encouraging staff, and providing constructive correction when needed.
      • Communicating with Instructors and supporting an environment where they are leading in the classroom, and are clear to the Kitchen Assistants roles.
    • Manage Kitchens
      • Ensure that classes are prepped out for each class or event.
      • Ensure kitchens and BOH are clean and sanitary.
      • Manage the laundry and dish-cleaning process.
      • Clean out all refrigeration weekly.
      • Ensure all equipment is in working order and clean.
      • Overseeing regularly scheduled maintenance of larger equipment or systems: A/C filters and maintenance checks; water heater, filters, floor drains, refrigeration, kitchen hoods, vents and regular deep cleaning.
      • Managing the kitchen supplies including weekly inventory and ordering and managing the weekly Cintas towel deliveries and products.


Thursday – Saturday evenings 2:30pm-10:30pm required, Tuesday – Wednesday some flexibility in shifts according to need. 


  • $25-28/hour
  • Parking reimbursed
  • Vacation time after 1 year service
  • Eligible for bonus
  • Paid sick leave
  • Free cooking classes
  • CalSavers retirement savings


Compensation Details

Compensation: Hourly ($25.00 - $28.00)

Benefits & Perks: Paid Time Off, Potential Bonuses, Free cooking classes, paid parking

Required Skills

Food Handler Certification


Detail Oriented

Kitchen Management

People Management

Team Management

Microsoft Office Suite

Food Safety Knowledge

Problem Solving

Cleaning / Sanitation


Food sourcing


Inventory Management

Positive Attitude

Relationship Building

Attention to Detail


Culinary Skills


Time Management


Staff Scheduling

Cost Management




Inventory Control

Equipment Maintenance

Ordering Supplies

Budget Management

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We focus on teaching classic techniques and use locally sourced ingredients. The school offers baking and cooking classes, professional series and fascinating food workshops. Our private parties are perfect for your next birthday celebration or special event. Our recreational classes are usually 3 hours long. Some of our specialty or technique classes are a bit longer. We also have some series courses that can be anywhere from 2 days to 10-weeks.

The school’s objective is to educate people on how to create amazing meals and treats out of locally sourced and sustainable ingredients… and have fun! We work with the finest instructors who have their own specialties. They teach the very best techniques. Our aim is to help people develop their culinary intuition, and be a resource for at-home bakers and chefs, as well as a key resource for the LA food community.