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Resort Chef

Alderbrook Resort & Spa

This is a Full-time position in Olympia, WA posted December 5, 2021.



Pay Range: $70,000-$90,000/year DOE


Successful candidates will either (i) receive a COVID-19 vaccination, or (ii) qualify for exemption from such vaccination requirements for reasons specified in applicable law. (More information below)


The Resort Chef is responsible for the food and beverage product, execution, and service in all F&B Outlets and Banquets for Alderbrook Resort & Spa. Responsible for executing an innovative culinary program and delivering culinary experiences that draw from our natural setting to intrigue and engage guests and media. This position works closely with the Food & Beverage Manager to develop the team needed to deliver this culinary vision and capitalize on Alderbrook Resort & Spa’s authentic differentiating points. The Resort Chef will maintain a culinary program unique in the Pacific Northwest Resort environment.


  • Oversees the operations of the kitchen and back-of-house, ensuring that food is prepared safely, efficiently, and according to specifications or request.
  • Establish a good working relationship with all Front of House team members.
  • Prepare the kitchen and restaurant staff to successfully serve the resort and local guests.
  • Establish yourself with resort and local guests as the chef of Alderbrook Resort & Spa.
  • Provide a regular presence in the Restaurant, with a sophisticated stature, portraying leadership and a possessing a genuine interest in engaging guests and articulating the unique nature of Alderbrook’s culinary program.
  • Ensure that the kitchen produces the product at consistently exceptional standards.
  • Improve the culinary skill set to achieve a level of talent which contributes to the long-term goals for Alderbrook and adds to the reputation of the Restaurant and Catering as a culinary destination.
  • Contribute to and participate in the ongoing food and beverage promotions.
  • Collaborates with specialty chefs on menu items—for example, works with pastry chefs to design an innovative, appealing, and complementary dessert menu.
  • Establish a “lead by example” environment in all aspects of front- and back-of-the-house service. Fosters a good working relationship and teamwork between front and back-of-house.
  • Work with Food & Beverage Manager to accurately forecast food consumption and requisition for accurate food purchasing program.
  • Work with Food & Beverage Manager to select and develop recipes; establish presentation techniques and quality standards.
  • Works with Food & Beverage Manger to create and modify the restaurant’s menu based on food trends, food costs, patron requests, and seasonal availability.
  • Maintains and inspects kitchen equipment and utensils, recommending repairs or replacements as needed.
  • Work with Food & Beverage Manager to plan for long-term capital expenditure needs.
  • Ensures kitchen runs in accordance with all applicable health, safety, and hygiene codes and standards.
  • Adheres to the Resort’s Accounting policies and procedures.
  • Work with Food & Beverage Manager to oversee food cost and quality for all F&B outlets and banquets.
  • Works with Food & Beverage manager to achieve profitability goals by driving revenues and controlling costs.
  • Maintains Kitchen Budget.
  • Work with Food & Beverage Manager to establish and maintain effective standards, measurements, and controls for the Kitchen.
  • Collaborate with local farmers to enhance the culinary program.
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Trains and/or oversees training of kitchen staff.
  • Schedules kitchen staff, assigning roles based on experience and skills.
  • Supervises work product from kitchen and back-of-house staff.
  • Conducts performance evaluations that are timely and constructive.
  • Handles discipline and termination of employees as needed and in accordance with North Forty Lodging policy. Ensure all interactions with and between coworkers are conducted in a highly professional and efficient manner
  • Ensure a safe working environment and attitude on the part of all employees in areas of responsibility

. Requirements:


  • Planning: ability to think ahead and plan over a short- and long-term horizon. Ability to prioritize tasks and duties as well as multi-task and delegate.
  • Initiative: research new techniques and trends in the industry.
  • Management: organize and manage multiple priorities.
  • Leadership: lead by doing, teaching and coaching. Motivate and inspire staff at all times.
  • Personal: Extremely creative, self-reliant, sensitive to needs of guests and coworkers, stress tolerance, initiative, dependability, analysis/judgment, commitment to the Resort and fulfillment of the Alderbrook Promise
  • Knowledge of Work: excellent attention to detail, work standards, professional self-development, problem analysis and problem resolution on both strategic and functional levels.
  • Interpersonal: ability to work/communicate effectively both verbally, nonverbally, and in writing with multiple operating departments as well as Resort guests. Ability to work effectively as part of a team. Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to work well with a variety of personalities under pressure. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers and the general public.
  • Work habits: finds success in a fast-paced environment and works well under pressure. Excels at time management, scheduling, managerial and organizational skills. Ability to work independently, autonomously and without supervision, while also able to follow written and verbal instructions when necessary.
  • Skills: ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions and decimals.


  • Relevant experience or training, which may be demonstrated via degree or certificate, completion of apprenticeship, or other experience necessary to become trained as a highly skilled professional cook.
  • At least two years of culinary managerial experience required.
  • Business and hotel experience preferred.
  • The position requires knowledge of Microsoft Office Products (Excel/ PowerPoint / Word / Outlook).


COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement

North Forty Lodging LLC requires team members to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (fully-vaccinated as defined by CDC). Successful candidates either (i) must receive a COVID-19 vaccination, or (ii) qualify for exemption from such vaccination requirements for reasons specified in applicable law. This requirement applies to all positions unless approved for reasonable accommodation based on disability, medical condition, or a sincerely held religious belief that prevents them from being vaccinated.

  • If you are able to be vaccinated, you must have all shots of your primary COVID-19 vaccine administered by January 4, 2022. You will be required to provide proof of vaccination and declare your vaccination status upon start of employment.
  • If you are unable to be fully vaccinated due to disability, medical condition or a sincerely held religious belief you will be required to apply for an exemption from this policy within 5 days of job offer in order to move forward with employment. As part of this process, you will be required to provide information or documentation about the reason you cannot be vaccinated. If your request for accommodation is not approved, your job offer will be withdrawn.


  • Position reports to: The Food & Beverage Manager
  • Position supervises: Culinary Team
  • Position regularly interfaces with: All Departments


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 job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Work Environment: Conditions are those of a typical of a kitchen/restaurant environment. It is a controlled environment, and the position experiences a moderate level of noise in the work environment.
  • Physical Demands: While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and stoop, kneel, or crouch. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and distance vision.


Requirements are representative of minimum levels of knowledge, skills and/or abilities. To perform this job successfully, the incumbent will possess the abilities or aptitudes to perform each duty proficiently.

A review of this description has excluded the marginal functions of the position that are incidental to the performance of fundamental job duties. All duties and requirements are essential job functions.

This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position. Employees will be required to perform any other job-related duties assigned by their supervisor.

This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an “at-will” employment relationship. Alderbrook Resort & Spa may amend a job description at any time with or without notice.

Our ability to achieve our mission is enhanced by a diverse team and an inclusive culture. We seek candidates who possess knowledge, skills, and lived experience that contribute to the diversity of our team and share a commitment to equity.

Alderbrook Resort & Spa is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, creed, religion, age, marital or nursing mother status, pregnancy, national origin, citizenship, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, status as an actual or perceived victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking, or any other status or characteristic protected by applicable local, state, or federal law.

Applicants who need accommodation in the application process, or who wish to receive this job post in an alternative format, should contact Human Resources at Alderbrook Resort & Spa.