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Head Chef at Alaskan Lodge

Job Details

  • Date Posted: December 11, 2021
  • Location: McKinley Park, Alaska
  • Company: Tonglen Lake Lodge
  • Job Type: Full Time

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We are shifting from a B&B style Lodge to a FULL-SERVICE Lodge and looking for a Chef to join our team to help with menu creation and execution of new and current recipes to create a high-quality culinary experience for our guests.  The Summer (busy) season runs May 27-Sept 13, with a week of training/shut down on either end of that.

Duties will include:

  • Menu planning for both morning bakery & café, and evening Dinner Service (All meals are included in the cost of accommodations for up to 50 lodge guests daily);
  • Recipe development;
  • Costing and pricing of all menu items;
  • Ordering of all consumables, including beer, wine, fresh produce, perishable goods, and a pre-season bulk order of dry goods (Produce purveyor delivers 2-3 times/week.  Most other acquisitions are weekly.  Suppliers are 120 – 250 miles away.);
  • Ordering of all other café supplies, including to-go containers, napkins, plastic ware, etc.;
  • Training and supervising staff of up to 10, including morning and evening service, back and front of the house;
  • Planning and execution of food and beverages for a variety of special events, including catered dinners, workshops, weddings, retreats, wine tastings, etc.;
  • Maintaining accurate inventory, with an eye toward a minimal over-wintering supply and cross-utilization of ingredients;
  • Working closely with the owner to balance needs of lodge guests, café ambiance, and the business side of the café;
  • Maintaining the agreed-upon standard for café fare, cleanliness, and procedures; Improving efficiency in the flow of prep and kitchen set up.


  • Commercial kitchen experience a must;
  • At least 3 years management experience;
  • Food Protection Manager Certification;
  • Completion of Training for Alcohol Professionals;
  • Ability to lead a team and keep a positive atmosphere in kitchen and café;
  • Ability to effectively teach others;
  • A positive attitude and an interest in contributing talents and energy toward the efforts at Tonglen Lake;
  • Ability to be flexible and communicative;
  • Interest in being part of a small, close-knit team of seasonal employees is a must;
  • Willingness to work flexible hours to support both AM and PM service in café, and events.

Desired Skills and Experience:

Our ideal candidate has a variety of experience in food & beverage, management, ordering and logistics, and familiarity with the operation of a seasonal business.  They also possess an interest in taking a relatively new café to another level in terms of production, efficiency, profitability, and creativity, within the confines of the seasonality, remote location, etc.

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