• Cornman Farms
  • $50,000
  • Salary
  • Full Time


Zingerman's Cornman Farms is hiring a Chef De Cuisine!


This is a unique opportunity for a culinary entrepreneur to oversee our private dining experiences at Cornman Farms, as well as build a niche high-end catering operation for our exclusive clientele.   

If your culinary desire is to...

  • take your prior experience as a high-end private chef to the next level
  • build upon or create your own culinary story
  • augment our niche' farm-to-table culinary experience
  • develop an exclusive off-site Service de Restauration (catering)

...we would love to talk with you and consider you for this once-in-a-lifetime position.


This position manages the kitchen operations of Cornman Farms on an event based schedule, including nights, weekends, and holidays.

This position will focus on the culinary program including managing & teaching staff working in a culinary role This position oversees:Food PreparationStaff ManagementVendor relationsSystems DevelopmentAnnual planning, budgeting, billing/costing, inventorySafety / Sanitation



Full time, Salaried - Days, Nights, Weekends, flexible hours required.

$50,000 annual salary; this position reports to the Managing Partner(s)


Performance Expectations - Essential Functions:

  • Provide Zingerman's Cornman Farms 'look and feel' through culinary experiences
  • Oversee all kitchen production
  • Prepare meals for 4-100 people for private events
  • Lead, manage and train non-culinary staff to work in the kitchen
  • Develop and oversee culinary education program
  • Create elegantly plated dishes while providing exquisite service
  • Provide menu consultations and tastings with guests
  • Maintain high food quality through tasting and scoring
  • Create seasonal recipes and menus for our private dining clients
  • Collaborate with beverage manager to create seasonal cocktail menus
  • Create, implement and lead private/public culinary classes/workshops
  • Plan and launch an exclusive off-site catering operation
  • Manage the Chef's garden
  • Create, maintain and improve task card systems and standard operating procedures (SOPs) for kitchen related work
  • Oversee the purchase of food supplies, including researching vendors and ingredients and building relationships
  • Develop recipe archives for our online presence and tell our culinary story through blog posts
  • Work with marketing team to develop food and beverage related content for marketing and press purposes  
  • Manage and maintain costing, pricing and all things finance for the kitchen, including using ChefTec
  • Drive revenue (package upgrades, special menus, retail products, guest tastings, etc)
  • Plan and forecast department costs, set costs of goods and work to consistently meet or exceed financial goals
  • Participate in the annual planning process (ZAP)
  • Communicate and provide cost of goods information
  • Responds quickly to requests from guests, co-workers, supervisors and managers while being accurate, polite and enthusiastic
  • Create systems and documentation to collaborate with all of our continuous improvement work
  • Integrate and participate in the local community as a representative of Cornman Farms and Zingerman's

Everyone at Cornman Farms is a Process Engineer in addition to their primary role!  Process engineering involves translating the needs of the guest into tasks and then the tasks into SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures), then executing the SOPs focusing on the value added steps the guest needs and wants to reduce the 8 forms of waste.  Each use of a task and SOP focuses on continuous improvement to make these steps better for the guests, employees and the business.


Success Patterns:

  • Experience as a private chef preferred
  • Formal culinary training, specifically French classically trained, preferred
  • Experience working in catering preferred
  • Experience working with finance, operations, and business fundamentals
  • Experience writing cohesive menus
  • Manager level Serv-Safe certified
  • Has a reputation for excellent relationships with coworkers
  • Can safely lift and carry 30 pounds and move product up and down stairs
  • Able to work a variety of shifts, especially nights, weekends and holidays
  • Able to follow established systems or solving problems on the fly, depending on the situation
  • Has experience using Google docs and spreadsheets


Desired Characteristics:

  • Passion for food and horticulture
  • Passion for events
  • Has a "soup to nuts" work mentality
  • Loves to work with people
  • Self motivated with a drive for greatness
  • Strong attention to detail and organized
  • A leader at heart but loves to work alongside a team
  • A decision maker - in-the-moment, short-term and long-term
  • Loves to organize
  • Experienced in scheduling labor based on events
  • Excited about managing in an open book environment
  • Excited about experiments, visual management, continuous improvement and systems
  • Maintains a professional image at all times through actions and appearance
  • Loves coaching staff to peak performance
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