Head Sushi Chef – Raleigh, NC

Kitchen Manager
Raleigh, NC
Posted 3 weeks ago

Salary $65k

High-energy environment
Great food and service
Committed to building a talented team
Outstanding benefits


The Head Sushi Chef position requires an eye for quality and a head for both production

and food safety. Managing the day-to-day culinary operations and cultivating a positive

relationship and culture with the managers, hourly staff, vendors and upper

management is paramount to the success of this individual. The Head Sushi Chef

position reports directly to the GM and ownership.



  • Food Safety/Health: Responsible for overseeing and upholding all food safety and health standards. Directly responsible for maintaining superior health scores.
  • Oversees all aspects of food safety management including training of hourly staff on expectations.
  • Meets with the Head Chef/KMs to coordinate purchases, prep lists and sanitation.
  • Quality control: the Head Sushi Chef is held accountable for maintaining specific flavor profiles, recipe implementation and method of preparation.
  • Knowledge and maintenance of all BOH systems including checklists and prep lists.
  • Manages inventory and invoice input; maximizes profitability.
  • Manages declining budgets for controllable costs.
  • Orders from approved vendors and follows strict adherences to predetermined specifications; communicates shortages to Head Chef and GM.
  • Manages routine cleaning lists and daily sanitation responsibilities.
  • Monitors, organizes and maintains inventory levels to company set standards; this includes counting of inventory items.
  • Equipment repairs: communicated and R&M requests initiated.


  • Maintenance of quality and time standards as directed by the Head Chef or GM.
  • Enforcement and communication of the company’s quality and safety standards via management of the hourly staff during production.
  • Directly responsible for maintaining the quality identifiers during service.


  • Direct interaction with the sushi team, fostering a cohesive teamwork environment as a standard for sushi line operations.
  • Ability to lead by example with regard to all sushi production steps, capable of delivering superior results when preparing menu items.
  • Responsible for executing pre-shift quality control measures.
  • Participation in new menu rollouts and menu change directives.

Opening & Closing

  • Knowledge of the systems necessary for openings and closings: opening checklist, closing checklist, routine cleaning, line check, critical items.
  • Overseeing of check and thaw pulls.


  • Develop training schedule for new employees through company provided training programs and materials and/or own knowledge base.
  • Identify areas of improvement and provide training, coaching and direction to all team members throughout each shift; communication of all documented conversations to HR.
  • Develop team members by providing ongoing feedback, establishing performance expectations and conducting performance reviews.

Sanitation Standards

  • The Head Sushi Chef must be knowledgeable about all food safety standards as outlined by the county and the company and monitor compliance according to these standards and regulations.
  • Knowledgeable of previous health department infractions; ensure those points are identified, corrected and monitored.
  • Enforce sanitary practices for food handling, general cleanliness, and maintenance of equipment.
  • Ensure compliance with operational standards, company policies and federal, state and local laws.
  • Must be ServSafe certified.


  • Direct responsibility for hitting labor targets via proactive scheduling and labor cost control.
  • Responsible for conducting and supervising reviews and salary increases for hourly staff and BOH managers
  • Responsible for the sushi team schedule, required to be posted 14 days out.
  • Manages the hourly sushi staff: oversees hiring, training, coaching, discipline and morale of the sushi staff; clear and timely communication with Human Resources in regards to coaching and discipline.
  • Expected to communicate things across the board at all times so the entire team knows what is happening in the unit.
  • Plans and attends regular manager/staff meetings to develop staff and create/drive initiatives.
  • Awareness and adherence to all labor and safety laws.
  • Responsible for motivation of staff, creating a positive, welcoming and safe environment for guests and team members; upholding company culture initiatives.


  • Medical and dental coverage
  • Meal discounts
  • 2 one-week paid vacations per year
  • 401(k) plan

Job Features

LocationRaleigh, NC

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