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Sous Chef

Company: First Light Resorts Headquarters
Location: Groveland
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:


The Lodge Sous Chef assists the Executive Chef and is a key member of the Food & Beverage department management team. The Sous Chef supports the Executive Chef in menu development, preparation of guest meals, execution of catered events, management of kitchen staff, management of non-restaurant food production, management of daily departmental profitability and delivery of staff meals. Sous Chef responsibilities include management, cooking, prep, ordering, inventory, cleaning and all other duties associated with running a kitchen.

The Sous Chef is in charge of managing the kitchen when the Executive Chef is not present and assists in running the kitchen when he/she is present. This role is 100% hands-on. The Sous Chef works closely with the Restaurant & Tavern Manager to ensure guests have a fantastic all-around food experience. The Sous Chef is also highly involved in supporting our youth program through training and supervision of our kitchen staff.

The Lodge provides full breakfast, sit down and to go lunches, dinner in our main restaurant, tavern and outdoor dining room, outdoor BBQ's, pool area light fare and staff meals. The lodge prides itself in serving fresh, healthful food that far exceeds expectations given our remote setting. Given our location, most of our guests eat with us in our relaxed mountain environment each night, in addition to locals. To learn more about our restaurant and recent menus, please see our website under "Dining & Facilities."

The lodge is a coveted wedding venue, and we cater customized weddings and other special events each year in our outdoor plaza and other venues. This wedding and event focus adds additional challenges and creative opportunities to the Sous Chef role.

The lodge also has live-in staff and over 100 total staff in season, and the Sous Chef supports the Executive Chef in overseeing the staff kitchen and associated 3 meal a day staff dining program in addition to coordination of our guest food service operations.


The ideal individual has significant line cooking experience, restaurant management experience, culinary training (formal or informal), is excited to support a great staff environment in a professional yet "down-home" way, and embraces working in a rustic environment in a relationship-oriented business. Ideal qualifications include:

  • -Prior Sous chef or similar experience (preferred)

  • -Strong culinary training (formal or informal)

  • -Interest in living on-site

  • -Excited about creating a warm family atmosphere for staff while maintaining high standards (& has had prior success managing to these goals)

  • -Strong interest in training/coaching

  • -Hospitality or related experience

  • -Catering experience

  • -Independent thinker with great initiative, but comfortable working within a defined framework

  • -Key personality traits

  • -High integrity

  • -Guest service oriented and staff-focused

  • -Self-motivated (takes initiative) with high standards

  • -Mature, personable leader with a relaxed nature

  • -Execution oriented; enjoys hands-on implementation

  • -Leading a healthy, drug-free lifestyle

  • -Dynamic, fun, and likes the outdoors

  • -Flexible with a "whatever it takes" attitude


  • -Full time salaried position currently available

  • -Position is full time year-round (the lodge closes for 6 weeks in winter)

  • -Room and board are included

  • -Compensation based on experience

  • -Hours variable, including nights and weekends as well as situational/crisis availability; a regular schedule with specific days off will be established

The Evergreen Lodge at Yosemite is located on 22 acres bordering Yosemite National Park. The lodge is highly recommended by Fodor's, called a 'Hidden Gem' by Sunset Magazine, and described by Frommer's as "the classic Yosemite experience." Built in 1921, Evergreen Lodge has always featured cabins in the woods, a retail store, an excellent restaurant and a classic tavern. In 2002, the lodge was purchased and underwent a major expansion and modernization, reopening in 2004 with 48 new guest cabins, guest facilities, recreation programs and both on/off-site staff and manager housing. The lodge again expanded in 2009, adding 24 additional guest cabins (for a total of 90) and completing a variety of facilities and public space upgrades. The expanded Evergreen retains its original warmth, character and personal touch while providing the best all-around lodging and recreational facilities in the Yosemite area. The Evergreen provides great career opportunities for talented staff and managers. Since the lodge has a significant recreational focus, we seek staff and managers who are excited about the outdoors and lead a healthy, active lifestyle.

Rush Creek Lodge is the first new resort to join the Yosemite area in decades, and is located just 1/2 mile from Yosemite's Highway 120 entrance and 7 miles from the Evergreen Lodge. Set on 20 woodland acres, this hillside 'destination within a destination' boasts a grand main lodge and a mix of 143 lodge rooms, suites and two-bedroom hillside villas, all featuring a deck overlooking nature, the majority with sunset views. Rush Creek also offers a restaurant, tavern, expansive pool area with poolside bar, game room, guest lounge, event space, guided recreation and more. Like Evergreen, Rush Creek provides gracious and friendly service, top quality facilities with both private and communal settings, and a wide array of activities for guests to enjoy their time at the lodge and to explore the Yosemite area. Rush Creek is able to expand the Youth Program, environmental mission, and meaningful approach to hospitality that began at Evergreen Lodge. And like Evergreen, Rush Creek offers both on and off-site housing for staff and managers.

In addition to its primary function as tourist Lodges, the Evergreen & Rush Creek run a Youth Employment Program in which 18-24 year-old young adults from urban backgrounds join our staff for a program of career-oriented training and work experience in a healthy, supportive community, coupled with exposure to outdoor and recreational life experiences.

Although providing a great guest experience is our first priority, our Intern Program is central to what we do at the both Lodges, and we are proud to run an enterprise with both a business and a social mission. Our Program's success hinges on our ability to find exceptional managers and hourly staff who provide support and mentoring for our interns. Those who are most successful and happy at the Evergreen & Rush Creek are genuinely excited about helping others and feel our Intern Program enriches their job, rather than adding an additional burden to an already challenging operating role.

Evergreen Lodge is also a founding Certified B Corporation, having met rigorous, independent standards of social and environmental performance. Rush Creek has also become a certified B Corporation as well, working like the Evergreen to use business as a force for good.

Both lodges also host an innovative onsite hospitality apprenticeship degree program in partnership with our local community college, providing yet another vehicle for social impact. The combination of hospitality, recreation, culture, idyllic setting, environmental sensibility and social mission make the lodges very special and unique places.

For more information about the Evergreen, visit our website at
For more information about Rush Creek, visit our website at

Keywords: First Light Resorts Headquarters, Merced , Sous Chef, Other , Groveland, California

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