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Compass Group, North America Pastry Chef in Seattle, Washington

Bon Appetit

Position Title: Pastry Chef

Salary: 65,000

Our Passion is Food!

At Bon Appetit Management Company we are committed to two things, great food and outstanding service! At Bon Appetit you won't find our managers referring to a corporate recipe book or our chefs microwaving the lunch special. We do not have standardized recipes or central commissaries, instead, our chefs and managers are expected to stay abreast of current culinary trends and bring cutting edge food into their cafes. We are a restaurant company that operates in contract food service. That means you will have the freedom to be creative, take risks, and truly shine. We are committed to our staff growing, trying new things, and learning all that they can. Our rapid growth and breadth of accounts translates into exciting opportunities for our people!

Job Summary

We are seeking an experienced and creative Pastry Chef to lead our dynamic bakery team. As a Pastry Chef, you will play a crucial role in overseeing the production of high-quality, 100% from-scratch pastries and bread for our in-house coffee shop, in-house catering, and commissary program serving our cafes across the Seattle area. You will be responsible for maintaining the exceptional standards of our pastries, training and mentoring staff, menu planning, cost management, and contributing to the overall direction of our pastry program.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Team Leadership: Lead and manage a dedicated bakery team, ensuring they work cohesively and efficiently to meet production goals. Provide guidance, training, and support to maintain a positive work environment.

  • Menu Development: Create quarterly pastry menus that align with our brand identity, seasonal ingredients, and customer preferences. Develop custom desserts for special events and promotions.

  • Staff Recruitment: Conduct interviews, assess candidates, and make hiring decisions to build and maintain a skilled and motivated team. Foster professional growth among team members.

  • Recipe Development: Innovate and refine pastry and bread recipes while managing ingredient costs effectively. Continuously strive for excellence in taste, presentation, and quality.

  • Quality Assurance: Maintain strict quality control standards to ensure all products meet our high-quality expectations. Monitor freshness, taste, and appearance of pastries and bread.

  • Cost Management: Monitor ingredient inventory, analyze costs, and implement strategies to optimize cost-effectiveness while maintaining product excellence.

  • Collaboration: Work collaboratively with other departments to support company-wide goals and contribute to the holistic direction of our culinary program.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Proven experience as a Pastry Chef in a high-volume, from-scratch bakery or similar setting.

  • Strong leadership and team management skills.

  • Culinary degree or equivalent experience.

  • Creativity and ability to develop innovative pastry recipes.

  • Strong organizational and time management skills.

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal abilities.

  • Knowledge of food safety and sanitation regulations.

  • Ability to thrive and adapt in a fast-paced, collaborative environment.

Apply to Bon Appetit today!

Bon Appetit is a member of Compass Group USA.

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Associates at Bon Appetit are offered many fantastic benefits.

  • Medical

  • Dental

  • Vision

  • Life Insurance/ AD

  • Disability Insurance

  • Retirement Plan

  • Paid Time Off

  • Holiday Time Off (varies by site/state)

  • Associate Shopping Program

  • Health and Wellness Programs

  • Discount Marketplace

  • Identity Theft Protection

  • Pet Insurance

  • Commuter Benefits

  • Employee Assistance Program

  • Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs)

Compass Group is an equal opportunity employer. At Compass, we are committed to treating all Applicants and Associates fairly based on their abilities, achievements, and experience without regard to race, national origin, sex, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other classification protected by law.

Qualified candidates must be able to perform the essential functions of this position satisfactorily with or without a reasonable accommodation. Disclaimer: this job post is not necessarily an exhaustive list of all essential responsibilities, skills, tasks, or requirements associated with this position. While this is intended to be an accurate reflection of the position posted, the Company reserves the right to modify or change the essential functions of the job based on business necessity. We will consider for employment all qualified applicants, including those with a criminal history (including relevant driving history), in a manner consistent with all applicable federal, state, and local laws, including the City of Los Angeles’ Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance, the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, and the New York Fair Chance Act. We encourage applicants with a criminal history (and driving history) to apply.

Bon Appetit maintains a drug-free workplace.

Req ID: 1232081

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