Dennis Gutierrez

Chef de Cuisine

Location 15h@2xChicago, IL

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Summary

A creative, reliable, and passionate chef with humble beginnings at Lula cafe. Stepped foot in his first kitchen at the age of 19, and learned the culture and the beauty of a fast-paced, talented kitchen in this small yet renowned Chicago eatery. Learning and growing as a green cook in this environment led to a successful career at Chipotle, Grand... Read more

A creative, reliable, and passionate chef with humble beginnings at Lula cafe. Stepped foot in his first kitchen at the age of 19, and learned the culture and the beauty of a fast-paced, talented kitchen in this small yet renowned Chicago eatery. Learning and growing as a green cook in this environment led to a successful career at Chipotle, Grand Lux Cafe, and most presently Kinmont, quickly rising through the ranks of cook, to Sous chef, to present day title of Chef de Cuisine.

Work Experience
  • Chef de Cuisine

    KinmontChicago, IL, US
    Jan. 2014 to Present (3 years and 8 months)

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    Role & Tasks:

    - Participated in the opening of a new restaurant

    - Offered sous chef position after one year of employment, and offered Chef de Cuisine position nine months after accepting sous chef position

    - Following the acceptance of CDC, brought labor cost down to a steady 15% and after costing out the menu, brought food cost down to 30%

    - Executed large scale parties of 200+ people

    - Created prep lists and check lists to improve efficiency and reduce waste in the kitchen

    - Certified as Serve-safe manager

  • Line Cook

    Grand Lux CafeChicago, IL, US
    Apr. 2013 to Feb. 2014 (10 months)

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    Role & Tasks:

    - Learned to cook in a fast-paced kitchen with 1200+ covers a night

  • Kitchen Manager

    Chipotle Mexican GrillRosemont, IL, US
    May. 2011 to Jan. 2013 (1 year and 8 months)

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    Role & Tasks:

    - Offered kitchen manager position after 10 months of employment

    - Learned the basics of kitchen management, as well as people management; in regards to both guests and employees

    - With the help of the kitchen crew, raised restaurant to “Restaurateur,” the highest level of status a Chipotle can have (in terms of quality of food and cleanliness of the restaurant)

    - Met and worked with C.E.O and founder Steve Ellis, who came into the store to personally congratulate the restaurant on its achievements

  • Prep Cook

    Lula CafeChicago, IL, US
    Mar. 2010 to Jun. 2010 (3 months)

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    Role & Tasks:

    - Discovered passion for working in the kitchen and within the hospitality industry

    - Learned the ins and outs of a smoothly run, successful kitchen

Skills

Advanced Knife Handling

Off-site Event Management

Cheese course

On-site Special Events

Chopping

Ordering / Purchasing

Commissary

Ordering / Receiving

Culinary Menu / Recipe Development

Over 300 covers a night

Dough Making / Portioning

Pasta Cooking

Dressings

Pasta making

Enforcement Of Safety / Sanitation Standards

Pizza Cooking

Equipment Maintenance

Portioning

Expediting

Purveyor/Local Farmer Relationships

Family Meal

Receiving/Organizing

Fish Cookery

Sauce Development

Fish butchery

Saute

Food / Beverage Pairing

Scheduling

Food Budgeting

Servesafe Certified

Food Cost Optimization

Food Handlers Certificate

Smoking

Food Safety Knowledge

Sous-vide

Food Styling

Staff education / motivation

Frying

General knife handling

Ticket Management

Gluten Free

Up to 100 covers a night

Grilling

Up to 200 covers a night

Inventory

Up to 300 covers a night

Kitchen Cleaning/Sanitation

Up to 50 covers a night

Kitchen management

Vegan / Vegetarian Cooking

Vegetable Breakdown

Meat Butchery

Vegetable cookery

Meat Cookery

Menu development

Bread making

Servsafe Certified

Menu development

Conflict Resolution

OpenTable or other

POS Systems

Staff Management of 20

Staff education / motivation

Food / Beverage Pairing

Food Preparation Knowledge

Purchasing / ordering

Food Safety Knowledge

Staff Education / Motivation

Interests
Mycology, cooking, music, bicycling, reading, automovites, world history and National history, record collecting.
Languages
Spanish Fluent
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