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Sous Chef
Plenty Goods
1000 N Damen Ave floor 1, Chicago, IL 60622
Plenty Goods hiring Sous Chef in Chicago, IL

Plenty Goods hiring Sous Chef in Chicago, IL

Plenty GoodsMore Info

Full Time • Salary ($55k - $65k)
Expires: Jul 21, 2024

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Required Years of Experience

3 years

Job Details

About the Company:

Plenty Goods is a healthy and functional foods focused cafe & meal dellivery company focused on creative salads, soups, and sides in Chicago. 

Job Summary:

The Sous Chef will ensure excellence in culinary operations at our commissary kitchen in Ukranian Village for our weekly meal service, cafe, and catering.  The Sous Chef is responsible for providing strong leadership to the culinary team and continuously improving operations.  The Chef is responsbile for keeping the products' tastes, standard, and health goals at the forefront of what they do. The Chef is also responsible for continuously developing new products and recipes per evolving nutritional and dietary trends, product sourcing, and customer feedback while maintaining the standards of high quality and care. 

Key Responsibilities:

  • Oversee culinary operations for our Weekly Member Meal Delivery
    • 150+ meals delivered every Sunday/Monday to over 35 memebers
    • Ensure consistent, high-quality execution of daily production
    • Understand current production system and daily operations to improve
    • Establish and optimize organizational methods and standard operating procedures
    • Work with culinary team to optimize processes
    • Develop, implement, and track culinary operational improvements to support and grow the business
  • Leadership & Employee Development-
    • Provide exceptional leadership to the culinary team through personnel training and development, fostering a culture of feedback, respect, accountability, and collaboration
    • Work closely with Executive Personal Chef, Owner, and Leads
    • Act as a connection point between the Operations team and the kitchen to communicate customer concerns and kitchen needs and support big picture objectives
  • Financial Responsibilities-
    • Responsible for cost management of Cost of Goods Sold (COGS), labor, food cost; support kitchen management to meet/exceed targets
    • Meet with Director of Operations and Owner to review weekly COGs
    • Assist in developing budgets, forecasts, and operating plans for future periods and initiatives
  • Develop and track Kitchen Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)
    • Analyze data gained from these and use it to strategize or modify kitchen behaviors
  • Assist with personnel management, to include scheduling, onboarding, and general management of kitchen staff
  • Assist with promoting the maintenance of a clean kitchen and kitchen equipment

Work Schedule-

  • 5 Day Work Week : 8am-6pm - Sunday - Thursday (Fri & Sat OFF)


  • At least 2-3 years’ experience as a Sous Chef, Corporate Chef, Private Chef or similar role
  • Degree in Culinary Arts, Hospitality Management, or related field preferred
  • Experience managing culinary operations
  • Experience creating new dishes, developing recipes, and designing menus
  • Experience managing and developing kitchen staff
  • Procurement experience required- analysis, negotiation, relationship building
  • Previous experience in catering, production kitchens, high-volume preferred
  • Familiarity with cooking with dietary restrictions (gluten free, dairy free, corn free, soy free, paleo, etc.)
  • ServSafe Manager certificate preferred; ServSafe Allergens certificate required
  • Proficient in Google Suite (especially Excel/Sheets)
  • Experience working within a budget
    • Familiarized with the concept of COGS, and the ways in which it is affected by food and labor costs
  • Must have a personal affinity for operational improvement, timeliness, cleanliness, organization, and efficiency, and a willingness to help foster these qualities in the rest of our kitchen staff
  • Strong sense of compassion and a willingness to teach those of various backgrounds
  • Good at working with others and generally embraces a team-centric approach to tackling large projects and problem-solving
  • Specifically embraces technology as a method for problem solving


Plenty Goods Sous Chef Total Rewards Package:

  • 55-65k per year depending on experience level
  • Medical, dental, and vision (after 60 days)
  • Free Lunches
  • 401(k) plan (after 90 days)
  • 10 days PTO (after 90 days)
  • Opportunity to have an impact on Plenty Good's growth
  • Equity Opportunity

Plenty Goods is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity and creating a place of belonging. PG does not discriminate in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, military or veteran status, genetic information, or any legally protected characteristic.

Compensation Details

Compensation: Salary ($55,000.00 - $65,000.00)

Benefits & Perks: Health Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, Paid Time Off, 401k, Commuter Benefits, Potential Bonuses, Dining Discounts, Wellness Program

Required Skills

Knife Work

Culinary Operations Management

Food Scaling

Menu Development

Recipe Costing

Recipe Creation

Recipe Writing

Kitchen Staff Management

Recipe Testing


Kitchen Management

Experience With Dietary Restrictions

Hiring Staff

Budget Management

Team Leadership

ServSafe Certifications

Professional Communication

Proficiency in Google Suite

Google Suite

Operational improvement

Spreadsheet Software


Prep List Creation

Problem Solving

Labor Costing

Technology Utilization

Menu Writing

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