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Now Hiring: Kitchen Lead for new French wine bar opening late May

About Us:
We are a small group of passionate professionals opening a French wine bar in Shaw (NW DC, right off Green/Yellow line metro). In addition to the wine, we will also have a full bar (French spirits only), and will be serving a small menu consisting of cheese & charcuterie and a few salads and sandwiches to start. We hope to start offering brunch later in the summer.

Our ideal kitchen leader meets the following criteria/requirements/responsibilities
- Knowledge of French cheeses and European charcuterie
- Knowledge of French food/wine pairing
- Ability to execute menu, including full prep of all items, as we will not be utilizing a freezer for daily menu items. Prep will be done on a daily basis to ensure freshness and quality.
- Able to lead a small kitchen team, including scheduling of BOH staff, ordering, inventory, setting and maintaining par levels, dating/labeling, etc., prepare daily/weekly prep sheets
- Work with ownership/management to continually develop menu regarding seasonality, guest satisfaction, and brunch menu development
- Work within limited space and with limited equipment - kitchen manager must be highly organized and able to execute all tasks within these limited constraints
- Awareness of daily/weekly/monthly food and BOH labor costs
- Communication with ownership/management regarding all manner of BOH operations on a daily basis
- Adherence to all health code standards
- Full open availability, including nights/weekends/holidays
- Ability to lift 50 lbs.; able to stand for long periods of time
- Ability to operate all kitchen equipment, including slicer and panini machine, as well as maintain and keep all equipment clean and fully operational
- Future responsibilities MAY include: coordination with ownership management on comprehensive private event food package including BEO food costing; brunch execution (plus prior menu development/tasting/food costing); catering menu

Bonus qualities:
- Culinary school degree or some formal training
- French wine knowledge
- Previous experience with preparation of French foods
- Advanced knowledge of cheese/charcuterie
- Current DC Food Handler’s license

*This is a small wine bar with a small kitchen, and a very close-knit ownership/management team. If you are looking for a corporate environment with corporate pay, this is not the position for you. But if you would like to be on the ground floor of this exciting new concept, and have your ideas heard, then we would like to hear from you. Please, only serious candidates apply.

Compensation: DOE
*La Jambe is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Please send resume to [email protected] List job title in subject.


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