Vacancy for Restaurant Head Chef - Restaurant Jobs in Palo Alto, CA

Restaurant Head Chef – Upscale Italian – I104

Position NameHospitality Recruitment: Restaurant Head Chef - Upscale Italian
LocationPalo Alto, CA
Salary Range$90000 - $95000
Client Overview

Our client's mission is to provide our guests with the most authentic Italian experience outside of Italy.

Each  restaurant has been designed specifically for the communities we serve, so restaurant hours, menus and reservation sizes available may vary by location. We are open for lunch and dinner every day at almost all locations and large parties, private dining groups and special events are welcome.

Using the freshest ingredients and traditional cooking techniques, each Il Fornaio offers a wide variety of premium-quality Italian food paired with great wines and cocktails in beautiful settings located in California, Las Vegas, Seattle and Denver. All 22 kitchens are supervised and guided by Executive Chef Maurizio Mazzon using recipes and preparations that Italians have mastered over centuries of making great food.

These ideals are best demonstrated by Festa Regionale, our monthly exploration of the food and wine of the different regions of Italy. This passion for authenticity has been fostered for almost 20 years.

Why people LOVE working for this company!

  • Pride of working for a high end, fine dining Italian restaurant
  • Growing concept focusing on local community
  • Employee focused

Position Overview & Responsibilities

  • Conducts interviews and hires all kitchen exempt, non-exempt and hourly kitchen personnel, may complete new hire paperwork and conduct orientation of new employees.
  • Trains and schedules exempt and non-exempt kitchen management employees.  Terminates and disciplines all back of the house employees.
  • Budgets and manages kitchen labor costs and processes payroll and accounting paperwork for the kitchen.
  • Supervises sous chefs and other kitchen personnel engaged in the daily preparation, cooking and presentation of food items.  Ensures all ordering, receiving, cooking, preparation and presentation of food for all stations meet recipe standards.
  • Oversees and supervises daily shift responsibilities of all back of the house staff ensuring 100% guest satisfaction.  Conducts shift line-ups.
  • Estimates food consumption and purchases foodstuffs in accordance with standards of quality, freshness and cost specifications.  Receives merchandise and processes invoices for timely payment.
  • Purchases and maintains efficient working order of kitchen equipment and supplies.
  • Maintains a safe and hazard free work environment; ensures thorough safety training of all kitchen personnel.
  • Monitors and maintains the cleanliness, safety and sanitation of the kitchen, storage areas and surrounding areas and assigns duties as necessary; ensures thorough safety training of all personnel (physical and product).
  • Responsible for daily, weekly, monthly staff schedules, schedule forecasting, printing and analysis on the computer ensuring compliance with location budget.
  • Conducts daily, weekly, monthly inventory and analysis. Responsible for invoice tracking, coding and log book.
  • Ability to analyze, make recommendations and develop strategic plans based on weekly operating reports and monthly profit & loss statements,
  • Oversees maintenance and sanitation of kitchen in accordance with health standards.  Schedules necessary repairs and maintenance.
  • Works as a team player; assumes a pleasant and helpful attitude toward guests, vendors and staff members to ensure guest satisfaction.  Exemplifies the company’s core values of honesty, integrity, respect, commitment and quality fanaticism.
  • Carries out all supervisory duties in accordance with company policy and procedures and all applicable laws.
  • Upholds 5-Star Service Standards.


  • Medical, Dental, Vision
  • 401K Plan
  • Life insurance
  • 50% dining discount
  • Employee Meals

Position Requirements

  • 5+ years regional Italian cuisine and head Chef Management experience in a $5+ million full service upscale restaurant.
  • Knowledge of and ability to use inventory systems, controls and analysis.
  • Knowledge of and ability to control labor cost, systems and analysis.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook)
  • Fluent use of the written and verbal English language.
  • Strong initiative, ability to work on your own and direct others.
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What Clients Say About Patrice & Associates

  • Allison Sullivan was amazing! 

    She found my resume online and reached out to me. I had been in the market looking for the right next step in my career for several months and had been receiving calls daily from different recruiters so I didn’t expect anything magical to occur overnight. Allison called me, we chatted quickly about my work experience and she advised me she thought I’d be perfect for a client she was working with….and literally the next day I got a call for an interview with the client. The day after the interview, I was immediately offered a position consulting on insurance claim management. Allison was checking in with me each step of the way and made the transition from unemployed to working at a career I’m excited about in no time at all! I cannot thank her and Patrice & Associates enough for all their help!  

    ~ Shane Laughran

    Allison Sullivan was amazing!
  • I am very thankful for Liz Costa.

    She was kind, informative, and very encouraging during the process of applying, interviewing, and finally accepting the position once it was offered to me. I have worked with several recruiters before and Liz was the most friendly and professional at the same time. She made me feel comfortable and also made me feel confident during the interview process. After only a few weeks, I now consider Liz a friend and would certainly recommend her to anyone who is in the looking in the labor market. Thank you Liz, I appreciate you as a person and a professional.


    I am very thankful for Liz Costa
  • Jonathan Litt set me up for success!

    I am truly excited to start this new journey at this restaurant. I can honestly say I don't think I would have been able to pull this off without Jonathan Litt's help. He was more than professional but at the same time he was authentic and explained everything I needed to do to make things work. He definitely set me up for success. My confidence level wasn't what it used to be, but with his help he made me believe in myself. He encouraged me and believed in me as well. I will never forget his efforts. My appreciation for his work and dedication will always be remembered. From the bottom of my heart, thank you for allowing me to be a part of this process. I am forever grateful.

    Thank you again,

    Latifah Walker

    Jonathan Litt set me up for success!
  • Recruitment & Hiring for Sales Jobs - Patrice & AssociatesRick Weaver is a pleasure to work with!

    Very helpful and professional! Goes out of his way for people!          

    Thank you for all you do!

    Ken M.

    Rick Weaver is a pleasure to work with!
  • Rick Weaver is great!

    I love it at my new career and picture my future here. Rick was awesome in helping me choose where I need to be and how I had to get there. It took a lot of interviews and me turning jobs down because it wasn’t a fit for me. At my new career I’m in the right place!  

    Thank you,


    Rick Weaver is great!