Sous Chef - Hòa Lạc Campus


Department: Kitchen
Reporting to: Executive Chef
Number of direct reports: CDP, Commis

Job Purpose

  • To assist the Executive Chef to set and maintain standards for TH School
  • To ensure the smooth operation of the department by optimising the use of materials and human resources
  • To coordinate and execute training of the kitchen staff
  • To be able to motivate colleagues
  • To assume the role of Executive Chef

Areas of Responsibility

  1. Help in the preparation and design of all food and drinks menus.
  2. Help to direct, control and coordinate the activities of all chefs and commis, engage in preparing and cooking food, so as to ensure an efficient, profitable and smooth food service at all times.
  3. Develop attractive menus and create standard recipe cards with pictures according to the Executive Chef’s policy.
  4. Develop new dishes and products.
  5. On a daily basis, inspect storerooms, refrigerators and freezers to ensure no wastage.
  6. Assist the Executive Chef to control costs by minimizing spoilage, utilizing food surpluses and portion control.
  7. Check the quality and quantity of food received from the markets and stores.
  8. Is always looking for cost-saving and environmentally friendly ideas.
  9. Maximize employee productivity in order to minimize payroll cost.
  10. Monitor all kitchen operating costs and takes corrective action when necessary to reduce expenses.
  11. Supervise all colleagues engaged in the kitchen together with the Executive Chef.
  12. Attend daily meetings with Executive Chef and all other Senior Chefs regarding updates for the day, and review the list of things to do for 2 days at most thereafter.
  13. Hold meetings with colleagues in each particular kitchen to discuss what has been carried out in the Chef’s meeting along with other issues.
  14. Twice a day, inspect all food stores and refrigerated areas and suggest, where necessary, correct storage methods to comply with Health and Safety regulations.
  15. Check for any spoilage, ensuring regular turnover of food items and inform the Executive Chef.
  16. Check on a daily basis food preparation, individual costs, quality, quantity inventories and portion control.
  17. During service periods, personally run the hot plate and assist when needed; and to ensure that the presentation as well as quality of the food is in accordance with the established standards.
  18. Conduct training and thorough briefing on the correct usage of kitchen equipment and machinery and to check that this is carried out in the correct manner by all kitchen colleagues.
  19. Ensure the personal hygiene of colleagues is to standard.
  20. Ensure that the daily logbook is utilised and complaints are immediately reported to the Executive Chef.
  21. Ensure that all points mentioned in the log book have been carried out, ie. mis en place and other instructions to complete the operation.
  22. Maintain, record and follow up documentation, checklists for control purposes.
  23. Monitoring of extra hours.
  24. Maximize employee productivity and morale, whilst consistently maintaining discipline, following school guidelines and local legislation.
  25. Motivate all staff through professionalism, organizational skills and team spirit to perform their duties.
  26. Ensure all staff is in proper uniform, well-groomed and properly disciplined.
  27. Reports all accidents and health and safety hazards to the Executive Chef.
  28. Any other duties as may reasonably be requested by the management.

Job Specifications

Minimum academic/professional qualifications

  • Vietnamese national
  • Completed at least a one-year kitchen apprenticeship or chefs training course
  • Health and Safety Certificate


Related experience

  • At least 5 years experience working a 5-star international chain hotel or similar position

Competencies (knowledge, skills & abilities)

  • Good knowledge and understanding of how a kitchen operates
  • Ability to create standard recipes
  • Ability to establish culinary standards
  • Good training skills, leadership skills, team player, and flexible
  • Computer knowledge: Word, Excel, PowerPoint


Competencies (behavioral)

  • Excellent appearance and presentation
  • Positive can-do attitude
  • Hardworking
  • Self-motivated
  • Works well under pressure and able to work long hours if required
  • Multi-tasking
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