COMPANY DESCRIPTION

Philo Ridge Farm is a beautiful, productive, diversified farm at the forefront of innovation and conversation around our food system. Our practices are founded in regenerative agriculture to facilitate soil revitalization and repair the ecosystem of Vermont’s Champlain Valley. We aspire to support the food, farmers, and the incredible bounty of the region.

The 400-acre property is used for a mixture of activities and operations including: fruit, vegetable and flower production; a diversified livestock and haying operation; and a growing food service and hospitality program. We are in our fourth year of production at the farm, and beginning our second calendar year of operating an on-farm market, production kitchen, event space and processing facility located in the Farm Commons Barn.

The Farm Commons Barn is our primary point of connection with our community and guests, providing an outlet for all that we grow and raise on our farm. We serve breakfast, lunch and dinner in a casual yet welcoming counter-service style. Alongside seated farm meals, our retail Market includes prepared and value-added foods, a coffee program, in-house butcher shop, and fresh farm produce year round. Additionally, we are securing our 1st Class Liquor License and developing a beer and wine program to compliment our existing foodservice offerings. Beyond our farm products, the Market sells a selection of grocery and specialty housewares that highlight and support Vermont’s artisans. In combination with our adjacent terrace, outdoor event space, and restored historic farmhouse, the Farm Commons Barn hosts educational workshops, meetings, fundraisers, and events that further the conversation around food while providing fun and engaging activities for our community.

We believe in treating our employees, animals, and the soil with respect and care, and we strive to foster a supportive and flexible work environment. We encourage the open exchange of ideas amongst our staff, as we want each member of our team to be able to contribute to the growth and direction of Philo Ridge. All of our employees embody the spirit of sharing, growing together and learning.

JOB DESCRIPTION

The Head Chef is the creative lead at the intersection of our farm and Market. They will be responsible for all aspects of the back-of-house (BOH) operations of the market, and all culinary activities. The foundation of this position is the creation and execution of both a prepared foods and value-added products, both of which are driven by what we grow on our farm. This person thrives in a dynamic environment where the seasonality and the unpredictable nature of farm products are a catalyst for culinary creativity. This is a fast-paced position that requires the Head Chef to develop a balanced mix of seasonally driven dishes using simple cooking techniques and nose-to-tail and root-to-fruit principles. 

The Head Chef is responsible for maintaining quality control; BOH staff management and leadership; maintenance of facilities and equipment; management and reporting of inventory; and working in conjunction with the Food & Beverage Manager on the sales and financial performance of the Market. The Head Chef will directly supervise all kitchen personnel and will support the Market Manager in ensuring front-of-house (FOH) personnel provide an excellent guest experience. The Head Chef reports directly to the Food & Beverage Manager and also works closely with the Market Manager to create a cohesive leadership team that supports the Philo Ridge Farm mission statement, service mission, and core values.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • At least three years of kitchen management experience in a similar role.

  • Ability to develop, set up, and implement kitchen systems and protocols.

  • Sees problems as creative challenges and opportunities for growth, not roadblocks or excuses.

  • A passion for food and farming with experience creating a dynamic and exciting menu.

  • Proven ability to hire, develop and motivate team members.

  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced environment and able to lead team with poise under pressure.

  • Experience and understanding of both FOH and BOH dynamics.

  • Strong communication, organization, and problem-solving skills.

  • Proven ability to build and cultivate strong, positive relationships with guests, vendors, and team.

  • Driven by a commitment to creating excellent product and providing seamless service.

  • Flexibility and patience within a growing business.

  • Proficient in computer skills, including Microsoft Office products, POS systems, ChefTec or equivalent food costing software.

  • Demonstrated skills in accounting, cost control, and financial analysis.

  • Solid foundation of knowledge in food products and cooking; beer and wine knowledge a plus.

  • Knowledge and understanding of local liquor laws, health and safety regulations, and employee on the job injury reporting requirements.

  • Valid Driver License.

  • Minimum of two professional references.


COMPENSATION


this position is : salaried, 50k to 100k 

APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

Online: 
https://www.philoridgefarm.com/join-our-team

Candidates should send a cover letter illustrating experience, resume, available start date, contact information, and reference contact information to jobs@biologicalcapital.com. Qualified candidates will be contacted directly. No phone calls please.

For full job description and more company information, visit www.philoridgefarm.com and www.biologicalcapital.com

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Philo Ridge Farm is a beautiful, productive, diversified farm at the forefront of innovation and conversation around our food. We support farmers and our local economy, managing our natural resources with a holistic and lasting system of regenerative agriculture, research, education, and inspiration. We want to support food, farmers, and the incredible bounty of the region.
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