Sofra – Junior Sous Chef

We love and respect the regional food traditions of the Eastern Mediterranean. Sofra Bakery & Cafe is about reinterpreting those traditions to make them accessible and inspiring for our guests. Our Executive Pastry Chef, and James Beard nominee Maura Kilpatrick is renowned for demystifying unique ingredients and finding an affinity between cultures. Kilpatrick and co-founder Ana Sortun (also of Oleana, Sarma & Siena Farms), approach cuisine with a Middle Eastern sensibility by creating delicious food featuring unique spices and spice blends.

In Turkish, Sofra is synonymous with generosity and hospitality. At Sofra, we focus on high-quality food production and quick service. We are committed to building long-term relationships with our employees and supporting individuals’ professional and personal growth that wish to further their career development within the food industry.

LOCATION Cambridge, MA
CATEGORY Foodservice operations, Culinary
JOB TYPE Full-Time, exempt


The Junior Sous Chef supports the Sous Chef and Chef de Cuisine in leading the savory department. These duties include but are not limited to staff training, maintaining standards, and executing daily production. The Junior Sous Chef will contribute to Sofra’s shared hospitality goals of improving co-operation and communication amongst departments to deliver the guest the best experience.

At Sofra, you will –

  • Work with high-quality ingredients, including unique spices, hand-selected artisan ingredients, and Siena Farm vegetables.
  • Assist in managing daily kitchen operations and supervising kitchen staff. Solve problems and assist CDC and Sous Chef as needed.
  • Assist in ensuring quality and consistency of all food prep and ingredients including but not limited to proper rotation, appearance, and seasoning.
  • Assist in ensuring daily production is finished in a timely manner and lists are adjusted as needed. Assist in completing prep lists for the next day.
  • Assist in proper stocking, rotation, organization, and cleanliness of kitchen and all storage areas on a daily, weekly, and monthly basis.
  • Assist in ordering product and maintaining pars. Familiarize with vendors and pricing.
  • Work with the team to achieve the highest level of efficiency.
  • Assist in communicating new menu items, menu changes, and allergy information to front of house staff for tastings and FOH pre-shift notes.
  • Assist in training new hires and creating effective training strategies.
  • With direction from CDC and Sous Chef, assist with inventory management, portion control, and food waste to achieve financially healthy operations.
  • Assist in upkeeping equipment with managers and chefs.
  • Assume duties of Sous Chef tasks in their absence.
  • Provide leadership, model appropriate behavior, enforce company policy and procedures, and uphold quality standards.
  • Maintain company culture to champion vision, values, and uphold staff morale.

Qualified candidates will –

  • Have at least 3 years working in a professional kitchen
  • Be able to work full-time (roughly 45 hours/week)
  • Be available weekends and holidays
  • Work in a clean and organized fashion
  • Follow clearly documented food safety procedures
  • Work as a team and take direction from multiple managers
  • Be able to read and follow written recipes, deal successfully with multitasking and be comfortable in a fast-paced work environment
  • Exhibit a desire to learn and be challenged creatively
  • Have a strong attention to detail and a positive attitude
  • Have excellent attendance and punctuality
  • Have a desire for long-term employment


  • Competitive salary based on experience
  • Free meal per shift
  • Employee discounts at our sister businesses—Oleana, Sarma and Siena Farms
  • Partially subsidized health insurance, with an option to add dental, vision, and other voluntary benefits (including accident, disability, critical illness, and life)

Please email a cover letter explaining your interest in the job and your resume, to the email address below.

Sofra is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to a diverse workforce and support an environment that is inclusive and respectful.

Employment Type(s): Full-time
Base Pay: $57-60k/year

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