Amherst, VA
Requisition #1059


Meriwether Godsey is looking for an Executive Chef responsible for leading and managing a high volume food production program, as well as special events and high-end catering at Sweet Briar College, a private all-girls college serving over 250 students, faculty and staff on a beautiful 3,250-acre campus located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.


What you will do:

  • Communicate daily with production staff on all food production activities.
  • ​Purchase organically and locally produced foods, whenever possible, and work alongside production staff to incorporate these products into recipe and menu offerings on a daily basis.
  • Oversee menu development, purchasing, and production, incorporating the latest trends and practices
  • Ensure proper food temperatures are reached, maintained, and recorded; ensuring daily records of food usage and other compliance regulations are kept.
  • Lead by example; engaging and developing direct reports and team members through ongoing support, monitoring, coaching, and feedback.
  • Establish and maintain strong vendor relationships while researching price variations.
  • Implement and maintain HACCP standard.
  • Maintain effective client and customer-centric relationships
  • Deliver high-end catering
  • Lead all Back of House phases of financial planning, budget/cost analysis and reporting to set, monitor and achieve operating and financial goals


What you need:

  • Associate’s Degree or five or more years of related food service experience.
  • 5+ Years experience in Contract Food Service Operation, High-End Catering Management, and High-Volume Dining, and Multi-Unit experience
  • Application and promotion of current food trends
  • Proficiency and growing knowledge of sustainable practices
  • Participative management style and excellent leadership skills
  • Strong communication and presentation skills
  • Account and Project Management Skills
  • Knowledge of food safety (HACCP), sanitation and overall workplace safety standards.
  • Ability to work in a collaborative team environment while fostering strong client and customer relationships.
  • ServSafe® Food Protection Manager Certification preferred


Meriwether Godsey offers significant opportunities for growth and career advancement. The work environment is fast-paced, team-oriented, and high-energy. You’ll be surrounded and supported by people who are passionate about serving others.

Sweet Briar College prepares its students to be productive, responsible members of a world community through a customized educational program designed to prepare career and individual development. Enjoy a small, community-focused environment where you may grow your leadership and hospitality skills and your career opportunities with an employee-owned, value-based company. Help Sweet Briar College shine and Meriwether Godsey set the standard for hospitality in the Central Virginia education market!




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