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Full Job Description

The sous chef assists the executive chef in coordinating and supervising the food production activities for a servery. These activities include supporting the preparation of food products within a servery, assisting the food production staff with culinary training for recipe and menu development, coordinating special functions, guiding cooking staff in the proper methods of food appearance, preparation, sanitation, safety, and assisting in the development of menus, standardization of recipes, and product specifications. The sous chef also provides leadership and maintains a high level of staff morale, assists with meeting unit budgetary objectives for food, labor, and supply costs, and assists the executive chef in the preparation of annual written performances reviews for the production staff.

Essential Functions

  • Supervises all food production for assigned server
  • Supports the preparation of food products within a servery by guiding the production staff through culinary training in the proper methods of food preparation, appearance, portion control, and presentation techniques
  • Coordinates staff and oversees food preparation, delivery and setup for special catering functions as needed
  • Assists the executive chef with the planning and scheduling of production and labor
  • Assists the executive chef with yearly performance appraisals for the production staff
  • Assists the executive chef in maintaining product rotation and inventory
  • Assists the executive chef in creating servery budgetary objectives for food, labor and supply costs
  • Maintains unit in full compliance with City Health Code and guides cooking staff in the proper methods of sanitation and safety
  • Works with the executive chef to create recipes and menus as well as upgrade menu files
  • Performs all other duties as assigned

Additional Functions / Information

Physical Demands/Working Conditions

  • LIGHT – Exert up to 25 lbs. of force occasionally. Requires walking or standing up to 8 hours per day. Other physical requirements of the job include manual dexterity and the ability to see, hear, reach, climb, and balance. Must be able to detect scents and discern flavors.
  • Work environment is a commercial kitchen and includes exposure to temperature extremes. Work hazards include exposure to chemicals, wet floors, dangerous equipment (fryers, dough sheeter, tortilla machine, stoves, ovens, knives, slicers, etc.), and hot oil, steam, and water.

Work Schedule

  • Weekly schedule will vary and will include working on weekends and holidays
  • Must be available to work any shift required.

Essential Personnel

  • This position is considered essential during a campus emergency. The incumbent in this position is expected to report to campus, provide the essential services designated and work under the overall direction of the Crisis Management Team for the duration of a campus emergency.

Required Qualifications

  • Associate’s Degree
  • Three years related experience in commercial hospitality or similar field
  • Certified Food Handler’s Permit as issued by the City of Houston Health Department within 30 days of hire
  • Skills Required
    • Excellent attention to detail with a focus on accuracy, being exact, and an
      eye for detail
    • Demonstrated strong business sense
    • Proven record of cleanliness ensuring safety and sanitation habits
    • Excellent creativity and organizational skills to cook precisely and efficiently
      with good presentation keeping order and structure
    • Expert in culinary with demonstrated ability to cook, knowledge of the
      kitchen, possess knife and tasting skills, ability to recognize flavors and to
      judge the balance of seasonings
    • Sound decision making and agility skills to make multiple decisions quickly,
      efficiently, simultaneously and at the last second
    • Ability to motivate staff to keep everyone working at a fast, efficient pace as
      a team including the cooks, bussers, waiters, other staff and management
    • Strong multitasking ability to address staff issues while working on other
      elements of a event, meal or project
    • Excellent verbal and written communication skills


  • In lieu of the experience requirement, additional related education, above and beyond what is required, on an equivalent year for year basis may be substituted
  • In lieu of the education requirement, additional related experience, above and beyond what is required, on an equivalent year for year basis may be substituted

Preferred Qualifications

  • A Certified Sous Chef Certification from the American Culinary Federation

Rice University is an Equal Opportunity Employer with commitment to diversity at all levels, and considers for employment qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status.

Current Rice University COVID policies, which include vaccination, face mask, testing, gatherings, occupancy limits, and travel policies can be found here: https://coronavirus.rice.edu/policies

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