Kitchen Manager


The Background

We're looking for an amazing Kitchen Manager for our cafe in Menlo Park! The Kitchen Manager is the leader in the kitchen. They lead according to our shared core values and ensure they are upheld by all team members to facilitate a positive and productive work environment. The Kitchen Manager oversees the kitchen program in addition to contributing to the creation and implementation of seasonal menu changes. We’re looking for communicative, positive, professional candidates who have a passion for farm-to-fork food, sustainability and/or a desire to learn.



Is a positive, respectful and passionate leader in the kitchen


Maintains clear communication with all staff


Manages food ordering from current vendors


Manages the adjustment of product and prep pars based on sales and waste — in accordance with holiday, events or slow weeks


Trains and manages kitchen personnel including development and refinement of training SOPs (as approved by the General Manager)


Ensures standardized production for consistent quality and preparation to ensure COGS goals are being met or exceeded


Assists with menu development and creation of new items, the costing & sourcing of selected items.


Explains the “why’s” to your kitchen team – Why we do things the way we do, and why it is important


Encourages the kitchen team to voice opinions and ideas for improved efficiencies or new menu items


Establishes and maintains contacts with vendors – makes sure prices are competitive, and takes the initiative to deal with any issues (credits, missing items, price increases, etc.)


Ensures proper kitchen equipment operation/maintenance to prevent appliance breakdowns. This includes communicating with general manager to either fix or get new equipment if needed.


Ensures staff certification, proper safety and sanitation in kitchen along with making sure everyone is aware of health codes and checking that we are set up for success when the health code inspector drops by (without notice)


Ensures quality food is presented to customers in a timely and professional manner


Is the ultimate Hospitalian in our fast-paced Italian café and wine lounge


Updates order sheets as needed


Updates the printed menu and ensures menus are available and presentable along with any in-store food marketing


Updates the kitchen binder and other staff resources in collaboration with the management team to continually improve our efficiencies, present clear expectations for production, and ensure recipes are up to date and clear.


Has awareness of seasonal products and works with the management team to encourage seasonality and high quality sourcing in our offerings


Communicates effectively with the management team about the kitchen and staff (weekly meeting)


Maintains kitchen & storage organization


Ensures consistent and accurate inventory


Is constantly working to achieve the COGS percentages in coordination with the store manager and the budget 


Responsible for coordinating/scheduling the kitchen staff weekly. Coordinate staff holiday and time off requests with general manager.


Work with Culinary Coordinator on training/implementing new seasonal items. This also includes updating recipes and kitchen staff resources (order sheets, building blocks, other tools), as well as training on new menu items. Admin days will be allotted in coordination with managers.


This is a full-time, hourly position. Open availability required; must be available weekends and evenings



Things to Know


We're Hospitalians first, Baristas and Chefs second. Making people feel great is our M.O. Our team is passionate about creating amazing experiences, fostering community, cultivating sustainable local business partnerships, and giving great high fives. 

We offer flexible schedules, health benefits and 401(k) options for full-time employees, coffee & swag discounts, competitive pay, room for growth and the best company culture.

Think you might be a good fit?

Send us your resume and a paragraph on your favorite utensil. We’d love to chat!