Head Cook- Sleeman Centre (part-time September 2014-May 2015)

The City of Guelph is a vibrant community with over 120,000 people located in the heart of Southern Ontario, just one hours driving distance from Toronto. Set in a picturesque natural setting, Guelph is known for its rich architectural heritage, growing economy and excellent quality of life – all good reasons to consider a career in this beautiful city.

Located in the heart of downtown Guelph, the Sleeman Centre is a state of the art facility that opened in September of 2000. With a seating capacity of 5,000 people, the Sleeman Centre is used for concerts, trade shows, conferences and various sporting events. It is also the home of the 2004 OHL champions, the Guelph Storms.

General Description

This position will assist the Restaurant Coordinator in overseeing the main production kitchen for the Sleeman Centre. Guided by the goals and objectives of the City of Guelph Strategic Plan and committed to the Corporate Values of integrity, excellence and wellness, the candidate will aid in the achievement of the community Vision – to be the City that makes a difference.


• Post-secondary education in a food preparation program with 2 to 3 years related kitchen supervisory experience
• Extensive experience producing food in a variety of food service formats
• Demonstrated leadership and performance management abilities
• Demonstrated commitment to continuous improvement and quality customer service.
• Knowledge of the Occupational Health and safety Act, WHIMIS, safe food handling and storage, and the Canada Food Guide.
• Comprehensive knowledge of food and catering trends with a focus on quality, production, sanitation, presentation as well as food and labour cost controls.
• Working knowledge of the Health Unit regulations pertaining to food and Beverage Services
• Must possess a demonstrated passion for cooking
• Be able to work nights and weekends on a regular basis as required.
• Standard First Aid, CPR and AED certificates an asset

Skills and Specifications:

• Excellent client relationship skills
• Self-assured
• Assertive
• Ability to multi-task
• Ability to remain calm even under the most difficult of circumstances
• Excellent customer service, organizational and project management skills
• Strong supervisor skills capable of motivating and leading by example, a very varied staff
• Excellent communication skills (written and verbal)
• A very detail orientated and hard working team player
• Able to work in a fast paced environment and be readily acceptable to changing work priorities at any time
• Knowledge of Microsoft Office, Outlook, Word and Excel an asset


• Assist the Restaurant Coordinator in overseeing the main production kitchen for the Sleeman Centre in a very hands-on manner
• Be on site for all events
• Monitor and take necessary steps to ensure that health and safety is a priority at all times.
• Be a positive example for the staff on a consistent basis
• Continually seek methods to control operating costs
• Participate in the hiring process and assist the Restaurant Coordinator in providing new employee orientation to assigned part-time food and beverage staff
• Assist the restaurant coordinator in overseeing and scheduling all kitchen staff
• Provide day-to-day, on-the-job training and continuous performance feedback to assigned employees administering corrective action, with the assistance of the Restaurant Coordinator and the Food and Beverage Supervisor, when required.
• Assist the Restaurant Coordinator in establishing maintenance and cleaning standards for the main production kitchen and monitor routine maintenance and housekeeping activities against standards.
• Participate in change management efforts including identification and implementation of best practices in the kitchen.
• Ensure compliance with all federal and provincial regulations/legislation and City by-laws applicable to the programs, and maintenance at the Sleeman Centre.
• Assist the Restaurant Coordinator in managing the overall design, control, production and presentation of all food created for the Draught Picks Restaurant and Suite level.
• Assist in ensuring that labour and food costs are monitored and controlled taking steps to immediately rectify the situation with the assistance of the Restaurant Coordinator and Supervisor of Food and Beverage Services if problems are discovered.
• Perform other duties as required

Hours of Work:

The individuals will work evenings and week-ends (up to 20 hours per week). Our season runs from September 2014 to May 2015.

Interview Dates:

Interviews will begin as of mid-August 2014; however, applications will be accepted until
September 30, 2014.

Rate of Pay:

17.82 per hour

How to Apply:

All interested candidates should forward their resume specifying the job position to Human Resources, 1 Carden Street, Guelph, Ontario, N1H 3A1 or by fax (519) 763-2685 or by email at careers@guelph.ca by September 30, 2014.

The City of Guelph is an equal opportunity employer which values diversity in the workplace. We are therefore happy to accommodate any individual needs in keeping with the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. If you require an accommodation in order to participate in the hiring process, please contact us to make your needs known in advance.

Personal information collected through the recruitment process will be used solely to determine eligibility for employment. We thank all candidates in advance; however, only those being considered for an interview will be contacted.

The City of Guelph is an equal opportunity employer.