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Vail Resorts Executive Chef - Vail Marriott in Vail, Colorado

Reach Your Peak at Vail Resorts. You're someone who pushes boundaries and challenges the status quo. You're brave, ambitious and passionate in everything you do. And we want you on our team. Pursue your fullest potential and never settle in the quest to deliver extraordinary guest service. Join one of the world's most innovative companies and re-imagine a mountain resort experience with us. Welcome to Vail Resorts. Reach Your Peak.

Job Classification: Year Round

Job Type: Full Time

Location: Vail Marriott

Job Summary

The Vail Marriott Mountain Executive Chef is responsible for all culinary operations throughout the resort including Restaurants, Banquets, Satellite, and Warehouse operations in accordance with Vail Resorts and Marriott standards. The Executive Chef will provide visionary leadership and management of the concept and menu development processes from ideation through implementation. This individual will execute processes and controls to help the culinary department meet and exceed their financial goals. The Executive Chef will provide a safe and structured work environment by adhering to and enforcing all company policies as outlined in the Vail Resort employee handbook and enterprise best practices. The Executive Chef will develop a motivated, passionate and engaged culinary brigade by creating a culture focused on the company mission and embracing the core values of our company.

Job Responsibilities


  • Design, cost and price menus to achieve budgeted margins for all culinary operations for review by management

  • Track revenue and labor against budget, forecast with Unifocus Labor Standards and follow-up with management as needed

  • Review pay period schedules with culinary leadership in accordance with staffing guides and labor forecasts and adjust accordingly to meet business demands and maximize productivity levels

  • Ensure that inventory and procurment procedures are in line with company guidelines and established best practices and deadlines are being met

  • Participate in monthly P&L reviews and forecast meetings

  • Make strategic plans and decisions to foster financial growth through innovative, trending and on-brand initiatives


  • Partner with Outlet Managers to develop or enhance restaurant concepts

  • Partner with Banquet Chef's for menu and recipe development of each concept

  • Stay abreast of industry trends and make suggestions for improvement

  • Train culinary leaders and staff on guest service standards consistent with our company mission

  • Monitor guests, partners and internal feedback and take corrective action as required ensuring the highest level of guest satisfaction

  • Establish and maintain strong food vendor relationships

Leadership & Team Building

  • Interview all culinary Supervisory and Management applicants and ensure any new hire paper work is complete

  • Develop strong leaders with the Culinary Leadership Group

  • Assist Restaurant Managers & Chefs in overseeing kitchen staff and their work


  • Conduct/oversee daily departmental line-ups

  • Ensure high levels of safety and sanitation are maintained in all restaurants, storage area, transportation vehicles and loading docks

  • Conduct monthly reviews in every restaurant and ensures that weekly safety and sanitation audits are being conducted in each operating unit and ensure completion of outstanding items

  • Along with quarterly Brand Standard Audits by Deloitte International to ensure Marriott compliance


  • Build and maintain strong, collaborative working relationship with local Health Department and Inspectors

  • Serve as an ambassador for local community programs

  • Work with local recycling, composting and green programs

Job Requirements


  • Minimum of 6 years management/supervisory experience in a culinary environment

  • Minimum of 6 years multi-unit, culinary management related experience in a 4 or 5 Star/Diamond Mountain Resort or Hotel

  • Degree from a formal culinary arts program/college or completion of a formal apprenticeship program

  • Valid driver's license

  • Current ServSafe certification

  • Experience in fiscal planning and knowledge of profit and loss reporting

  • Strong inventory control skills

  • Strong technology skills- including, but not limited to, MS Word, Excel, Unifocus, CI/TY, and PeopleSoft

  • Previous responsibility for food purchasing, including negotiating prices highly desirable

  • Ability to manage change in an organized professional manner

  • Experience in training and developing employees with limited education and experience

  • Ability to read and interpret documents such as trade magazines, menus, safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.

  • Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to scale recipe servings up and down as needed. Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, and volume.

  • Able to sit, stand, twist, bend, push, pull, walk, and lift up to 50 pounds on a regular basis for periods of up to 10 hours a day.

  • Able to travel to on mountain dining locations in adverse weather conditions.

  • Able to work effectively in a kitchen environment with extremes in temperature (heat, cold, humidity) for an extended period of time.


  • Minimum of 5 years experience as an Executive Chef

  • Four-year college degree

One Job – Double the Benefits. Working for the Marriott at Vail gives you access to the phenomenal mountain town that is Vail, CO and all the perks that come with being a Vail Resorts Employee (Free Ski Pass, discounted lodging at all Vail properties, discounts on retail items and FB locations). Not only that, but take advantage of the Marriott team member benefits (discounted room rates at all Marriott’s nation-wide) to truly get the most out of your hospitality experience. Come join our team of incredible people with passion for customer service and making sure everyone checking in feels like they are home.

Vail Resorts is an equal opportunity employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, protected veteran status or any other status protected by applicable law.

Requisition ID 205648