PAGU – Chef de Cuisine/Executive Chef

PAGU is currently seeking an experienced chef de cuisine/executive chef to lead their culinary team.

What is PAGU?

PAGU is a Japanese tapas restaurant by James Beard Nominated Chef/Owner Tracy Chang. Located in Cambridge’s innovation hub between Central Square and MIT, they serve lunch and dinner, including takeout and patio dining. The menu highlights local ingredients and celebrates the harmony of techniques and flavors of Japanese and Spanish cuisines inspired by Chang’s experiences with O Ya, Le Cordon Bleu Paris, Spanish three-star Michelin Restaurante Martin Berasategui, Guchi’s Midnight Ramen and Harvard’s Science & Cooking course.

We are a group of loyal, hard-working, detail-oriented team players eager to serve our community. We are building a company that people love and are proud to work with. We are not just chefs; we are not just service professionals; we are collaborators, growing and improving together every day.

PAGU is an equal opportunity employer. Chef/Owner Tracy is fluent in Spanish, Mandarin, English, with mild language skills in French and Portuguese.

We ask ourselves:

How do we better care for our team?
We are dedicated to building a PAGU family that shares core values of education, leadership, teamwork, empathy and passion for serving others. Just as we expect you to carry out your responsibilities, it is our collective duty to create a fun environment for everyone to learn, grow, and thrive together. We look forward to taking care of you with a competitive salary (based on experience), health insurance, vacation mileage, and career growth opportunities.

The safety and well-being of our team and community is our top priority. We provide proper PPE and have made adjustments to keep each other safe.

How do we better care for our guests?
Pagu is more than a restaurant. It is more than an experience. Like our mischievous and resilient pug friend Pearl, PAGU is a dynamic and transformative soul that pushes our friends and guests to live life fully, literally and physically. Through food and service, we aim to celebrate family, friends, innovation, and creativity.

How do we better care for our community?
At Pagu, our community is at the forefront of everything we do. In response to Covid, Chef Tracy co-founded two non-profits prioritizing safety and well-being over profits: Off Their Plate and Project Restore Us. By joining team Pagu, you will be heavily involved in both the operations and continued growth of her non-profit work, where giving back to the essential worker communities is woven into the weekly responsibilities.


Best Restaurant Turned Grocer 2021 // Boston Magazine

Rising Star Chefs Game Changer // Star Chefs 2020

Basque Culinary World Prize Finalist 2020 // Basque Culinary World Prize

Best New Restaurants 2018 // Boston Magazine

Chef of the Year 2017 // Boston Globe

Best Ramen in Boston 2017 // Boston Magazine

As Chef de Cuisine/Executive Chef, you will be responsible for:


  • Scheduling
  • Hiring, training and education
  • Staff management and development


  • Opening/closing
  • Inventory management and procurement
  • Prep, line cooking and expo
  • Waste management
  • Equipment maintenance management
  • Cleaning and organization
  • Communications with FOH managers


  • Recipe knowledge, development, sourcing, costing, pricing
  • Allergy knowledge and ability to train others


  • Food costing/pricing


  • Google Suite
  • Squarespace
  • Toast
  • Doordash/Caviar
  • Craftable/Foodager
  • ServSafe


  • Salary depending on experience ($80k+) + bonus + benefits including parking, health insurance
  • 2 weeks paid vacation

Visit us: 310 Mass. Ave., Cambridge, MA 02139

Get to us:
T: Central Square, Kendall Square
Bus: 1, 47, 77, 83, 91

Employment Type(s): , Full-time

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