PAGU – Executive Chef

What is PAGU?

PAGU is a Japanese tapas restaurant located in Cambridge’s innovation hub between Central Square and MIT at 310 Mass. Ave by Chef/Owner, Tracy Chang. It is a restaurant and cafe serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, 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. The menu highlights local ingredients, with a focus on seafood, celebrating the harmony of techniques and flavors of Japanese and Spanish cuisines.

They ask themselves:
-How do they better care for the team?
-How do they better care for the guests?
-How do they better care for the community?

They are a group of loyal, hard-working, detail-oriented team players eager to serve the community. They are building a company that people love, that people are proud to work with and collaborate with. They are not just chefs; they are not just restaurant people; they are movers and shakers making improvements every day.

They are seeking an organized, reliable, executive chef to lead the back of house team. The appropriate candidate is:

  • a motivating team leader who is respectful of all kinds of people and recognizes how to engage different personalities
  • enthusiastic about improvement and finesse in a high-volume environment (a “how do we make it better” attitude vs. “good enough” attitude)
  • eager to execute the day-to-day BOH operations as well as coordinate events with guest chefs and other collaborators (entrepreneurs, professors, artists, et. al.)
  • physically and emotionally energized to endure long hours (3 meal periods, 7 days a week requires stamina!)

Responsibilities include:

-training/hiring/scheduling BOH team
-developing engaging education programs for BOH / FOH on product, technique, execution
-coordinating with GM and other FOH managers
-recipe development and coordination with chef/owner

-maintaining food, health, sanitation and safety
-recipe development, portion control, consistent execution, quality control

-maintaining food and waste costs, payroll
-coordinating with GM

-CPR certification
-ServSafe certification

-Microsoft Excel
-Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Cal
-OpenTable, Quickbooks, POS system

They are dedicated to building a PAGU family that shares core values of education, leadership, teamwork, empathy and passion for serving others. Just as they expect you to carry out your responsibilities, it is their collective duty to create a fun environment for everyone to learn, grow, and thrive together. They look forward to taking care of you with a competitive salary, health insurance, vacation mileage, and career growth opportunities.

Restaurant details: 310 Mass. Ave., Cambridge, MA 02139

Closest T Stations:
Central Square
Kendall Square
Bus: 1, 47, 77, 83, 91

PAGU believes in prioritizing public health as well as the health, safety and welfare of their employees. They require proof of full vaccination for indoor dining as well as temperature checks and masks when not eating or drinking. All employees are fully vaccinated.

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