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The Culinary Institute of America at Copia (CIA) hiring Sous Chef in Napa, CA

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Full Time • Salary ($75k)
Expired: Jun 19, 2024

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Required Years of Experience

3 years

Job Details

The salary for this position is $70,000 per year. 

The CIA offers a substantial benefits package that includes medical coverage available at no cost to qualifying employees, dental insurance, vision insurance, life insurance, short and long term disability insurance, retirement savings plan with high employer contributions, a generous paid time off program, and more!

As the benefits package at the CIA results in a significant value above the base salary for this position, we encourage you to apply so that our recruiters can share more information with you about the benefits of working for the CIA.



The Sous Chef – Copia will be responsible for efficiently managing and delegating all kitchen activities, culinary production and scheduling as directed by the Chef de Cuisine in support of special events, retail, restaurants, and festival dining.  This includes managing labor costs, ensuring quality food product, organization and cleanliness of the kitchen, storage, and auxiliary culinary kitchens all while exceeding customer satisfaction.



  • Directs culinary team in the performance of their daily duties across Copia’s range of food & beverage outlets, with a focus on attaining the highest quality of food preparation, presentation, consistency, accuracy, and timeliness.
  • Runs assigned outlet effectively while keeping guest satisfaction as the focus. Provides constructive feedback during service as needed.
  • Communicates directly with front of the house staff in relation to time guidelines, counts and special dietary restrictions during execution of service.
  • Oversees the cleanliness and organization of all culinary workstations, ensuring compliance with all procedures and sanitation standards. Oversees and ensures proper cleaning and sanitation of all kitchen equipment including refrigerators, freezer, rolling cages, dry storage, and surrounding work areas.
  • Works with the culinary management team to attain and maintain food cost goals.
  • Assists Chef de Cuisine with training and evaluating culinary staff.
  • Reports incidents of performance deficiencies, insubordination, and injuries to the Chef de Cuisine.
  • Conducts pre-service meetings with Front of House team, when appropriate, to review menu items, ensuring the serving team has the information needed to properly execute service.
  • Organizes, produces, and executes all events, special programming, and restaurant services assuming full responsibility in the absence of Chef de Cuisine.
  • Educates and coaches all culinary team members in all aspects of cooking skills, ingredients and recipe requirements as documented by Chef de Cuisine.
  • Monitors and ensures proper inventories of all cooking stations.
  • Oversees proper data entry for ordering, receiving, inspecting, repackaging, and storing of all food orders.
  • Responsible for ensuring all opening and closing procedures are properly completed by assigned team members.
  • Manages full and proper uniform appearance of back of house staff.
  • Responsible for monitoring posted work schedule.
  • Responsible for assisting with special events as needed.
  • Any and all other duties as assigned.




  • Associate's degree or graduate of an accredited culinary school, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.


  • Minimum of three (3) years of cooking experience in full-service restaurant, hotel, or resort.
  • Background in a catering, high volume or fine dining restaurant establishment.
  • Minimum of one (1) year of supervisory experience.


  • HACCP or ServSafe Certified, or California Food Handler’s Certificate or ability to obtain within 30 days of hire.



  • Understanding and ability to calculate and manage food and labor costs within a set budget.
  • Culinary Institute of America graduate preferred.



  • Expert knife skills.
  • Advanced level of culinary skills.
  • Advanced butchery skills.
  • Excellent written, verbal communication, and presentation skills required. Must have demonstrated ability in organizational, time management, problem solving and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to monitor, evaluate and solve operations problems as they arrive.
  • Strong teamwork and interpersonal skills; ability to be adaptable, dependable and handle multiple priorities simultaneously.
  • Demonstrated ability to show a high level of service responsiveness to customers.
  • Excellent logistical planning and delegating skills.
  • Must display a high level of energy and self-motivation.
  • Must have a demonstrated history of improved guest experience with measurable results.



  • Must be available to work a flexible schedule, including nights and weekends based upon business needs.
  • Regular work requires a great deal of standing, lifting, bending and stretching.
  • Must be able to stand for 8 hours.
  • Ability to work in extreme temperatures hot and cold for extended periods.
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 25 pounds.
  • Must be able to lift up to 40 pounds, or more with assistance.
  • Must be able to work at both locations of the CIA California Campus (Copia in Napa, CA and Greystone in St. Helena, CA). Must possess own transportation in order to travel between locations during the work day as required.

Compensation Details

Compensation: Salary ($75,000.00)

Benefits & Perks: Health Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, Paid Time Off

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Part of The Culinary Institute of America (CIA)

The CIA at Copia is the ultimate Napa Valley destination for experiencing the world of food, wine, art, and community.
Presented by The Culinary Institute of America, Copia combines everything you love about the CIA—culinary expertise, gracious hospitality, and unforgettable flavors—all for you! Indulge your passion for food and wine in one of our classes, taste your way around exclusive food festivals, dine on delicious local ingredients, explore curated art collections, or plan your next wine country event, all in one beautiful location in downtown Napa—the epicenter of food and wine. Whether you have just an hour or a lifetime, there’s an experience at CIA Copia waiting for you!

About The Culinary Institute of America

Founded in 1946, The Culinary Institute of America is the world’s premier culinary college. Dedicated to developing leaders in foodservice and hospitality, the independent, not-for-profit CIA offers bachelor’s degrees in management, culinary arts, culinary science, and applied food studies, and associate degrees in either culinary arts or baking and pastry arts. The college also offers executive education through its Food Business School along with certificate programs and courses for professionals and enthusiasts. Its conferences, leadership initiatives, and consulting services have made the CIA the think tank of the food industry and its worldwide network of nearly 50,000 alumni includes innovators in every area of the food business. The CIA has locations in New York, California, Texas, and Singapore.