Provide leadership in coordinating and executing daily culinary operations of Crystal Bridges/Momentary Food Service Operations to include but not limited to, preparation and production of meals, supervision of food quality and presentation, compliance with all safety and sanitation standards, and regulations, team member productivity and performance, and implementation of policies and procedures.
Under the guidance of the Executive Chef, Chef de Cuisine or Sous Chef:
Assist Executive Chef/Chef de Cuisine/Sous Chef with training, evaluations, and development
Visually inspect, select and use quality food and beverage products including, but not limited to, fruits, vegetables, meats, fish, shellfish, herbs and spices
Analyze Event Orders to plan and coordinate the food production
Monitor and ensure compliance with federal, state, local and company health, safety, sanitation and alcohol awareness standards
Assign, in detail, specific duties to employees for efficient operation of kitchen
Read and employ math skills for preparing recipes
Prepare assigned dishes as instructed
Provide training and supervise to kitchen staff in the proper preparation of menu items, recipes, and menu changes
Ensure proper receiving, storage (including temperature setting) and rotation of food products so as to comply with health department regulations
Adhere to control procedures for cost and quality
Oversee daily operation of assigned kitchen facilities ensuring that all equipment is maintained and used within health and safety guidelines
Completes all tasks associated with cleaning and maintaining stations in compliance with safety, and health guidelines and ensures other team members complete assigned cleaning tasks
Plan, prepare, and serve catered meals/selections at off-site locations
Complete assigned shopping at grocery stores, or farmers market to capitalize on locally produced products
Education, Experience, Training, and Traits:
Culinary degree or a minimum of 3 years professional cooking experience while being in a leadership /training position
Well rounded culinary experience, with an emphasis on catering
Ability to physically self-demonstrate culinary techniques, i.e., implement recipes, knowledge cutting techniques , cooking principles, plate presentation, safety and sanitation practices
Commitment to food safety and a safe work environment at all times
Able to perform high quality work and maintain composure in stressful, high pressure situations
Ability to maintain confidentiality
Leadership skills to motivate and develop staff and to ensure accomplishment of goals
Ability to work effectively under time constraints and deadlines
Command of the English language both written and verbal
Physical Requirements and Work Environment
The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individual with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Physical demands: In the work environment described below, position requires working in a high functioning kitchen for prolonged periods of time and good eye/hand coordination, bending and stretching for prepping, and physical stamina to lift a minimum of 25 pounds. Must be able to bend, stoop, squat, and stretch to fulfill assigned tasks. Must be able to exert well-paced ability in limited space and to reach other locations of the museum on a timely basis. Must be able to push and pull carts and equipment weighing up to 100 pounds occasionally. Visual acuity to review written materials is required for this job. Additionally, this position requires meeting the public and the organization in a professional and courteous manner. Occasionally, while performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to independently travel in the local area. Noise level is above normal and may require shouting to be heard above the ambient noise level.
Work environment: Work will be performed in museum spaces, and select off-site locations. Evenings, nights, weekends, and holidays may be required regularly. Some travel may be required.
About Crystal Bridges
The mission of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is to welcome all to celebrate the American spirit in a setting that unites the power of art with the beauty of nature. We explore the unfolding story of America by actively collecting, exhibiting, interpreting, and preserving outstanding American art. Crystal Bridges was founded in 2005 as a non-profit charitable organization by arts patron and chair of the museums board of directors, Alice Walton. Since opening to the public on 11-11-11, the museum has welcomed more than 5 million visitors and garnered 15,000 membership households. Some 280,000 school children have participated in the Willard and Pat Walker School Visit program, which provides educational experiences for school groups at no cost.
Crystal Bridges takes its name from a nearby natural spring and the bridge construction incorporated in the building, designed by world-renowned architect Moshe Safdie. A series of pavilions nestled around two spring-fed ponds house the galleries and amenities such as a restaurant, museum store designed by architect Marlon Blackwell, and a library featuring more than 50,000 volumes of art reference material. In addition to the museums architecture, a Usonian house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright was preserved, acquired, and moved to the museum grounds in 2015, and a rare Buckminster Fullers Flys Eye Dome was installed in 2017, both providing access to American architectural masterworks in a natural setting.
Sculpture and walking trails link the museum's 120-acre park to downtown Bentonville, Arkansas. A new entrance, elevator tower, and pedestrian bridge was added to the north side of the building in 2017, increasing access to the museums north lawn and newly enhanced North Forest Trail. More than 600,000 visitors a year utilize the museums five miles of walking trails.
Crystal Bridges permanent collection spans five centuries of American artworks from early American to the present, and is always free to view. Crystal Bridges is committed to telling broad and inclusive stories by acquiring and showcasing the highest quality works by artists underrepresented in art history and conventional museum frameworks. Works such as Asher B. Durands Kindred Spirits, Gilbert Stuarts George Washington, and Georgia OKeeffes Jimson Weed are displayed alongside contemporary artists such as Kerry James Marshall, Maya Lin, Fritz Scholder, Jaune Quick-To-See-Smith, Felix Gonzales-Torres, and Amy Sherald represent some of the finest achievements in American art. The collection continues to grow, while the museum also offers temporary exhibitions that complement the collection and can also reveal arts connections to equality and justice.
Crystal Bridges provides year-round programming for all ages. In 2019, more than 800 public programs and events were offered, including lectures, performances, classes, and continuing education for K-12 teachers. Crystal Bridges stays connected online with the full collection available via eMuseum, an award-winning app, a podcast called Museum Way, all available for free, and many of the museums lectures such as the Distinguished Speaker Series are on Crystal Bridges YouTube channel. An online-learning initiative provides opportunities for students and teachers with arts-based courses, as well as SmartHistory with arts history videos and essays. Crystal Bridges also offers two research fellowship programs. The Tyson Scholars in American Art program encourages and supports full-time scholarship that seeks to expand boundaries and traditional categories of investigation into American art and visual culture. The Reese Teacher Fellowship provides for research into the development of interdisciplinary connections between American art and core curriculum subjects of language arts, history, social studies, and the sciences. In addition, Crystal Bridges administers the awarding of the Don Tyson Prize, an unprecedented award recognizing significant achievements in the field of American art. Additional information about Crystal Bridges is available online at CrystalBridges.org.
About the Momentary
The Momentary is a new contemporary art space that opened to the public on February 22, 2020, in downtown Bentonville, Arkansas. A satellite to Crystal Bridges, the Momentary presents visual, performing, and culinary arts. The mission of the Momentary is to champion contemporary arts role in everyday life and explore the unfolding story of contemporary American arts in an international context by actively commissioning and exhibiting outstanding works that explore new ideas and inspire action. The Momentary was founded by the Walton family, based on the vision of Tom, Olivia, and Steuart Walton. The Walton Family Foundation is supporting this project as a way to enhance the quality of life in Northwest Arkansas. The Momentary welcomes all with free general admission. Additional offerings include an artist-in-residence program, culinary experiences including an Onyx Coffee Lab, indoor and outdoor gathering spaces, an outdoor festival space, and a gift store. For more information, visit theMomentary.org. The Momentary is located at 507 SE E Street, Bentonville, Arkansas 72712.
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