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Sous Chef - Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Sous Chef - Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

Responsible for the daily operations of the kitchen, and provides professional leadership and direction to the kitchen personnel. The sous chef will ensure that all recipes, food preparations, and presentations meet Crystal Bridges Culinary Services specifications and commitment to excellence. He or she will also maintain a safe, orderly, and sanitized kitchen; and demonstrates this by example, using proper food handling techniques.

Kitchen Responsibilities

In collaboration with the Executive Chef and Director of Culinary Operations:

  • Assist with Kitchen Management – Co-management of kitchen staff, inventories, policy, and procedures.

    • Kitchen Safety – Ensure safe work environment for all kitchen staff as well as all restaurant patrons.

    • Kitchen Standards and Practices - Manage protocols, daily production lists, checklists, and standards to ensure high quality of food at all levels of the production process.

    • Kitchen Training – Assist in the kitchen and food service training programs to ensure high standards of quality.

    • Staffing Levels – Manage and set staffing levels to ensure profitability and maximum customer satisfaction.

    • Purchasing and Receiving – Assist with procedures related to the purchasing, receiving and movement of food and beverage raw products and ingredients. Requisition and purchase of all raw product based on understanding patron consumption and eating trends.

    • Food Waste Accountability - Develop and implement procedures to minimize food waste and shrinkage.

    • Equipment Maintenance - Ensure kitchen equipment is properly maintained in coordination with museum facility management.

    • Cleanliness Accountability – Assist in the Development and maintenance of proper procedures for ensuring compliance with applicable sanitation, cleanliness, and health requirements as determined by local, state, and national governing bodies.

  • Fiscal Responsibility – Assist in the development and maintenance of financial tracking and reporting systems for effective inventory management, cost control, and profitable operations. Also, Develop supplier relationships to enhance quality of product and to help ensure healthy leverage for purchasing.

  • Assist in Menu Development – Assist in the development and implementation of an artful and cost effective menu of offerings taking advantage of, and informed by, fresh local ingredients. Select and develop recipes as well as standardize production recipes to ensure consistent quality.

Minimum Qualifications

Education, Training, and Traits:

  • High school diploma or GED.

  • AOS Culinary Arts Degree preferred

  • Strong background in food service management including implementation of effective inventory and cost analysis programs.

  • Must be familiar and comfortable working with computer applications including the Microsoft Office suite of programs as well as standard POS systems.

  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common technical publications, financial reports, and legal documents.

  • Ability to work with basic mathematical concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, probability, and proportions.

  • Creative skills in areas such as food presentation, menu development, and writing.

  • Good communication skills including internal and external presentations as well as general guest relations.

Work Experience:

  • Minimum of 2 years related experience and/or training in the culinary/restaurant field with at least 1 year of management experience

Physical Requirements and Work Environment:

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individual with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Physical demands: In the work environment described below, position requires working in a high functioning kitchen for prolonged periods of time and good eye/hand coordination, bending and stretching for prepping, and physical stamina to lift a minimum of 25 pounds. Visual acuity to review written materials is required for this job. Additionally, this position requires meeting the public and the organization in a professional and courteous manner. Occasionally, while performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to independently travel in the local area.

  • Work environment: Work will be performed in an office environment, museum spaces, and in communities served. The physical arrangement of the office may require the position to work in an open environment within close proximity to other colleagues. Work space must be organized and reflect efficiency. The noise level in the Museum work environment is usually low to moderate. Frequent evening and weekend work hours and some local travel are required.

Application and Additional Information


To be considered for this position, please apply through this posting. Applications must be complete and include a resume and cover letter.

No phone calls please.

The successful candidate will be required to pass a routine background and consumer credit check and drug screen.


Crystal Bridges is committed to creating an institution that reflects the diversity of our region and nation. We are especially mindful of those in our community impacted by inequity due to ability, language, class, age, gender, religion, sexuality, race and ethnicity, and are working diligently to address perceived and real barriers that keep anyone from fully experiencing the museum as a guest, volunteer, or employee. To achieve true reform, we must have a diverse, highly qualified team. Crystal Bridges is proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and is committed to creating a diverse environment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

We actively encourage minority candidates to apply for this position.

Museum Overview:

Crystal Bridges is a museum of American Art located in Bentonville, Arkansas. We explore the unfolding story of America by actively collecting, exhibiting, interpreting and preserving outstanding works that illuminate the American heritage and artistic possibilities.

We are passionate about transforming lives through experiences that encourage the discovery of new ideas, expanded dreams and inspired actions.

As an employee at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, you will be empowered to think creatively, ask questions, and make suggestions to help move the institution forward.