Director of Culinary

Cincinnati, OH 45202

Job Function: Food & Beverage & Lodging Job Number: JN -032023-105657 Salary: $110,000 - $120,000 Experience Level: Director / Multi-Unit Managers

Job Description

We are looking for an experienced Director of Culinary for our upscale restaurant group. Our ideal candidate has multi-unit culinary management experience in an upscale or fine-dining setting and can hold their own in a high-volume kitchen.

Director of Culinary Responsibilities:
  • Oversight of all culinary operations for 5+ restaurants
  • Hold teams accountable to a high level of quality
  • Develop SOPs and standards for sanitation, safety, preparation, and presentation
  • R&D for new menu items and new concepts
  • Up to 50% travel to work side by side with the teams

Director of Culinary Qualifications:
  • Must have at least two years of multi-unit culinary management experience, no exceptions
  • Must have upscale dining experience
  • Must be willing to relocate to Cincinnati
  • Must have Latin American and/or TexMex cuisine experience

Director of Culinary Benefits:
  • Excellent salary and benefits package
  • Creative freedom within the scope of the existing restaurant concept
  • Mentorship
  • PTO
  • Paid travel and continuing education opportunities

Additional Information

At Goodwin Recruiting we are committed to our core values. We take our value, Dedicated to Diversity & Inclusion, very seriously and will never discriminate against a candidate or client based on any protected classes. Our clients seek qualified candidates, and that is what we deliver. A person's age, gender, race, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status, or arrest or conviction record has no bearing on whether he, she, or they are able to do the job. We evaluate the knowledge, skills, and abilities that meet the requirements of the position and aim to open doors and change lives. We value all people, understanding that uniqueness and diversity foster a stronger team that is innovative and brings varying perspectives to the table. We put our money where our mouth is and are proud of our efforts to identify a broad slate of candidates, with many hiring success stories to share.

Recruiter Managing this Job

Melissa Montero
Senior Recruiter

Melissa Montero joined Goodwin Recruiting in June 2021 to help businesses and candidates find the best match possible. Melissa has committed her professional life to serving the communities and people around her, and she is a passionate advocate for social justice and improving opportunities for all people. She wants to help each candidate and client be the best.
Melissa entered the working world as a Research Technician at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle after graduating from the University of Washington with a bachelor's degree in Zoology and Genetics. She helped in the study and search for new treatments for cancer, hearing loss, and Alzheimer's disease over a seven-year career in Biotech and Clinical Research. Melissa published first-author scientific journal articles and contributed to several other publications in health science before taking time off to become a mother.
In 2010, Melissa switched gears completely, pursuing her lifelong love of cooking by joining the culinary world as a line cook at Commander's Palace in New Orleans. With no formal culinary education, she threw herself into learning as much as possible from the chefs who guided her along the way. Melissa went on to work in some of the city's top fine-dining kitchens as a Sous Chef and Purchasing Manager. She also contributed to the #MeToo movement by detailing the gender discrimination and sexual harassment she experienced as a female chef.
After a series of injuries sidelined her from continuing to cook professionally, Melissa moved to the Nashville area with her family. She joined the team at Goodwin to stay connected to the hospitality industry and help be an advocate for change in the professional world.
Outside of work, Melissa enjoys raising her two incredible daughters with her husband, cooking for friends and family as much as possible, and exploring nature through camping and many outdoor adventures. Born in Iowa, Melissa has lived in almost every corner of the US, including Washington State, Miami, New Orleans, and now Nashville.
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