Executive Chef, Park/CityWalk

Job ID:521751
Food & Beverage
Orlando, FL

Universal Parks & Resorts is comprised of Universal Orlando Resort, Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal Studios Japan, Universal Studios Singapore, as well as a new destination coming in Beijing, China. We are a universe of opportunities for people who have a lot to offer. It takes a special kind of person to work at all of our destinations. An individual who knows how to be part of a team. Someone with a sense of fun who’s serious about their work. A person who knows it doesn’t take magic to put a smile on a guest’s face… it takes hard work, dedication, knowledge and just the right amount of Universal attitude. Universal’s theme parks offer exactly the kind of vacation families crave – bringing together popular culture’s most compelling stories, characters and adventures to create some of the world’s most innovative and entertaining attraction experiences. These are immersive, next-level, adventures such as The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™, outrageously fun attractions such as Despicable Me Minion Mayhem and highly themed, authentic experiences based on cutting-edge television, such as Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon. We embrace the power of cultural diversity and inclusion and continuously strive to maintain a team that is a reflection of our global audience. Universal Parks & Resorts adheres to ‘The Universal Way’ by not just meeting guest expectations, but exceeding them, every time. Join us if you want to collaborate, innovate, develop, and deliver the most compelling entertainment experiences imaginable that drive growth for the Universal brand around the world. Universal Parks & Resorts provides world-class entertainment destinations with signature theme parks that create unparalleled entertainment.

JOB SUMMARY: Responsible for overseeing and ensuring food preparation, production and quality for food service venues and operations. Participates in the selection and development of recipes, menus and specialty items. Ensures that standardized production recipes are consistent and meet quality standards.


  • Responsible for food quality, presentation, production and waste prevention by conducting quality inspections and touring each venue on a daily basis. Maintains food costs, labor budgets and works with the buyers and warehouse staff to ensure the quality and availability of product.
  • Responsible for staffing, training and development of the culinary team. Works closely with the Senior Director, Assistant Directors and General Managers to assess the culinary team’s skill set and the appropriate placement. Offers work direction and instruction and provides cooking demonstrations.
  • Oversees daily practices of cleanliness and food safety. Works closely with the venue management and culinary teams to ensure HACCP and other food safety programs and standards are upheld.
  • Works in partnership with the Executive Chef and the Research and Development Chef to develop new menu items, recipes and to research concepts. Develops holiday and special event menu items. Assists with park exclusives and plated meals in full service restaurants and coordinates catering functions with the Banquet Chef.

SCOPE: Responsible for food quality throughout Food Services and oversees food cost, labor budgets and food safety. Participates in revising and developing menus and/or specialty menu items. Responsible for training and development and succession planning.

EDUCATION: High school degree or GED is required. Technical school is preferred. Associate’s degree (AA) is preferred or equivalent culinary training. Bachelor’s degree is preferred. Other: Completion of a culinary apprenticeship, degree or certification preferred.

EXPERIENCE: A minimum of 10 years of culinary experience in a high volume environment, overseeing multiple high volume venues and supervisory experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Professional Food Manager Certification required and participation in a Chef Apprenticeship Program preferred.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Ability to work with a diverse workforce with varying back grounds and skill sets. Knowledge of varying cuisines, fine dining, quick serve and family style dining experience desired.

Your talent, skills and experience will be rewarded with a competitive compensation package.

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