Culinary Director

Date received:
Wed, Aug 7th
Date closed:
Sun, Oct 6th

Summerfield Senior Living is seeking a Culinary Director who is accountable for developing a culinary menu and culture worthy of a five-star dining experience as well as developing the staff initiative to exceed expectations and to provide five star customers service. The Culinary Director reports to the Executive Director and oversees the Cooks and Culinary Prep


  • Duties
  • Present a professional demeanor the communicates a corporate philosophy of service, goodwill, and genuine interest in each residents needs,
  • Hire, train, and supervise food preparation and kitchen staff, hold weekly and monthly meeting as necessary.
  • Assure employees have current Food Handlers certification for state and/or county. 
  • If the employee designated in a facility for 50 or more clients is not a nutritionist, dietitian, or a home economist, provision shall be made for regular consultation from a person so qualified (85555(17)).
  • Train kitchen staff in policies and procedures to maintain the highest quality standards in cooking, presentation, and sanitation.
  • Produce work schedule, maintaining correct staff needs.
  • Maintain proper management of ordering systems, shipping, and receiving, inventory management, and stock rotation, using approved vendors, in order to eliminate waste and theft.
  • Maintain a month-end inventory to compute monthly food costs and submit invoices with documentation for payment to Business Director in a timely fashion.
  • Prepare meals using pertinent dietary guidelines and standardized menu preparation materials.
  • Monitor and consider resident preferences when making menu choices.
  • Create menus, recipes and production notes as required for food preparation and maintain active involvement in preparation of food.
  • Ensure proper meal portions are served to avoid waste.
  • Record water and refrigerator temperatures and verify appropriate holding procedures are being followed.
  • Maintain pertinent safety certifications.
  • Maintain working knowledge of all state and county regulations for food ratings from all inspections for cleanliness, efficiency, and safety.
  • Maintain a safe and orderly working environment.
  • Report potential maintenance and hazard issues immediately
  • Operate the Food Service Department within budgeted guidelines.
  • Prepare any requested reports, including but not limited to: resident meal summary, food and kitchen temperature logs, and food service meeting minutes.
  • Maintain proper operation and sanitation of large food service equipment, including but not limited to: ovens, slicers, mixers, steam tables, steamers, toasters, coffee pots, refrigerators, and freezers.
  • Oversee the Dishwasher and staff to ensure the proper handling of all chinaware to minimize potential damage.
  • Familiarize yourself with residents of the Community.
  • Ensure complete cleaning after each meal service.
  • Participate in resident orientations by explaining amenities, routines, and expectations of the community and your department.
  • Observe residents’ ability to perform daily ADLs and social skills, communicate potential difficulties or opportunities to the appropriate team member.
  • When called upon, participate in care planning and other meetings, formal and informal.
  • Encourage and motivate residents in all areas, providing assistance when necessary.
  • Plan daily schedule to maximize interactions with residents.
  • Participate in all training offered by employer.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • Requirements
  • Be at least eighteen (18) years of age.
  • Has a current Adult First Aid card upon hire and maintains current status throughout employment.
  • At least three (3) years of total experience in senior housing or a related field is preferred.
  • Has demonstrated skills, knowledge and competency in the areas of leadership, training, and supervision.
  • Proficient written and oral communication skills with other members of management, professional, and support staff are also required.
  • Completion of formal culinary, food service or restaurant training or an equivalent amount of full-time supervisory or management-level work experience.
  • Must pass post offer health physical clearance, TB test and drug screen.
  • Criminal record clearance prior to initial working presence in the community.
  • Computer literacy sufficient to create, modify and print word processing and spreadsheet documents using Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel.  Able to send, receive, and forward e-mail.

Please send resumes to cgildea [at] summerfieldal [dot] com to apply.