Chef de Cuisine - Full Time
Calgary Stampede
CALGARY, Alberta, Canada
5h ago

Why the Stampede?

The Calgary Stampede celebrates the people, the animals, the land, the traditions and the values that make up the unique spirit of the west.

The Calgary Stampede contributes to the quality of life in Calgary and southern Alberta through our world-renowned Stampede, year-round facilities, western events and several youth and agriculture programs.

Exemplifying the theme We’re Greatest Together, we are a volunteer-supported, not-for-profit community organization that preserves and celebrates our western heritage, cultures and community spirit.

All revenue is reinvested into Calgary Stampede programs and facilities.

Position Summary

Chef de Cuisine, reporting directly to the Executive Sous Chef, is responsible for overseeing the day to day culinary activities, ensuring that our Culinary Vision, food safety, preparation, presentation and cost standards are consistently met.

Culinary Vision

Engage the passion and diversity of our culinary team to create an artistically-presented, multi sensory, made from scratch menu using locally sourced products that will lead to industry award winning achievements and provide our guests with lasting memories

Our people are the cornerstone for all our accolades, we will create a work environment and training processes for our employees that will see us become a top 10 employer worldwide.


Responsibilities of this role include, but are not limited to :

Culinary Expertise :

  • Overseeing event operations ensuring food preparation standards are met at all times
  • With a hands-on approach, creates exceptional, timeless inspirational signature dishes
  • Maintain detailed knowledge of all current menus and ingredients
  • Communication Expertise :

  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills to lead, influence and encourage the culinary team
  • Demonstrates honesty and empathy
  • Frequent communication with all front of house teams, kitchen staff, and leaders to ensure consistent operations and internal / external guest satisfaction
  • People Leadership :

  • Create a working culture that promotes teamwork, performance feedback, recognition, mutual respect and employee satisfaction
  • Champion employee onboarding and training
  • Assist with staffing and scheduling as per the demands of events
  • Assist Executive Sous Chef with performance reviews, coaching, corrective disciplinary actions and related documentation
  • Direct reports include Sous Chefs and Chef de Partie
  • Culinary Safety Leadership :

  • Ensure compliancy with the organization’s policies and procedures
  • Monitor and oversee sanitation practices in accordance with Alberta Health Services to ensure that employees strictly adhere to the standards and regulations of cleanliness
  • Ensure continued compliance with environmental policies, best practices and legislation
  • Financial Acumen :

  • Lead monthly inventory processes for the culinary department
  • Manage monthly Food and Labour costs, as directed by Executive Sous Chef
  • Recipe menu development, costings and library
  • Minimize operation costs by optimizing production schedules, standardizing recipes, waste management and detailed processes
  • Qualifications

  • Ability to display organizational, time management and work priority skills
  • Red Seal, Alberta Food Safety Certification, Sec. 31
  • Culinary graduate at a recognized post-secondary Hospitality school
  • Minimum of 5 years culinary leadership experience, ideally within hotel or convention center settings
  • Must be able to travel internationally
  • Must posses excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent communication, coaching and supervisory skills in a team environment
  • Ability to work flexible shifts as dictated by event schedules
  • Experience working with Microsoft Office programs, payroll administration software and inventory management software
  • Working Conditions

  • Occasional lifting and carrying up to 50 lbs., continuous arm, hand and finger movements; crouching, kneeling, reaching and bending;
  • exposure to dust, fumes, gases, odors and animal dander. Visual and color acuity required.

    Please note : Successful candidates will be required to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination as per the Calgary Stampede’s COVID Vaccination Policy.


    The Calgary Stampede offers a unique and exciting work environment, an excellent total compensation package and the opportunity for advancement and employee training.

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