AC Hotel Portsmouth – Executive Chef

AC Hotel Portsmouth Downtown, Home to Rooftop at the Envio, a Colwen Hotels property, is seeking a dynamic and experienced Executive Chef to join our team. In this role you will be responsible for leading the kitchen operations, creating innovative menus, and preparing food for the restaurant and events. The ideal candidate will enjoy working in a fast-paced, team oriented environment, like to be challenged, and value the opportunity to make a difference. This position ensures the culinary team is balanced by focusing on an exceptional culinary experience for every guest and maximizing department profitability.

Colwen Hotels is a hospitality group built on hard work, character and authenticity. We cultivate ideas and empower individuals to bring forward- thinking concepts to life to enrich guest experiences. Staying ahead of the curve is what has made us who we are today and we strive to keep our ideas fresh. We currently have 40 hotels in our portfolio operating across 10 states. With our continued growth and project pipeline, we are able to provide our associates with exciting career advancement growth and opportunities.

Primary Contributions:

  • Ensure that the culinary team is continually balanced by focusing on an exceptional culinary experience to every guest and maximizing department profitability
  • Oversight of all Culinary operations
  • Work closely with sales teams and Hotel General Managers at assigned hotels
  • Recruit, interview and hire culinary associates for assigned hotel
  • Train and support all culinary associates and ensure performance in accordance with established hotel brand and Colwen standards
  • Conduct performance management reviews and follow ups
  • Create and implement new menus and individual menu items based on current food trends and regional tastes
  • Develop innovative menu selections for special events and functions in accordance with client dietary and budgetary considerations and expectations.
  • Recipe documentation and training of new recipe items
  • Coordinate, plan, participate and supervise the production, preparation and presentation of food for restaurants, events and lounge areas
  • Ensure a clean, safe and sanitary kitchen in compliance with all local, state, OSHA and federal food safety standards
  • Ensure proper portion sizes, garnish, presentation and safe preparation of food
  • Work the kitchen line as needed
  • Ensure that all required associates have current ServSafe certification
  • Inspect food storage rooms and walk ins/refrigeration to maintain high quality product and to ensure food safety standards
  • Calculate accurate theoretical and weighted food costs
  • Estimate production based on forecast and Banquet Event Orders (BEO) needs daily and weekly
  • Follow proper ordering procedures based on business demands
  • Continuous analysis of labor and food cost to meet/exceed budget
  • Schedule and receive food deliveries, check deliveries for product quality and quantity
  • Perform other duties as assigned

We’ve got you covered: Benefits & Perks

  • Medical Insurance with Company-Funded HRA
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Wide-Array of Supplemental Insurance Offerings
  • Paid Time Off Programs
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • 401K Plan – Traditional & Roth Options with Employer Match
  • Hotel Discount Travel Program for Associates & Family
    Exclusive Associate Discounts – Travel, Entertainment, & Retail
  • Training and Development Programs
  • Career Advancement Opportunities

Colwen Hotels is an equal opportunity employer. EEO M/F/D/V


  • Able to understand financial goals and accomplish them
  • 5 years of F&B experience (hotel experience preferred)
  • 4 year culinary degree
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills
  • Proven track record in social and corporate catering
  • Strong knowledge of HACCP procedures and application
  • Knowledge and prior experience with outside vendors and associated ordering systems
  • Strong Leader of people
  • Strong presentation skills
  • Intermediate to advanced computer skills
  • Ability to learn computer systems and operate POS system
  • Willingness to work rotational work schedule including nights, weekends, and holidays

To apply, please use the application link below.

Employment Type(s): Full-time

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