Colorado – Elkstone Farm hiring Farm Chef

Steamboat Springs, Colorado

FARM CHEF

About Us

Elkstone Farm is a permaculture-inspired produce farm, employing sustainable practices to raise our crops.  We’re dedicated to responsible stewardship of the land, contributing to our vibrant local community by providing top-quality produce and products from our farm, and sharing our knowledge and resources to inspire healthy living.  Located in northwest Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, near Steamboat Springs, we’re surrounded by national forests, world class skiing, and miles and miles of trails. Visit us at www.elkstonefarm.com.

Overall Responsibility

Primary responsibility is to incorporate farm produce into value-added products and baked goods for sale to retail and wholesale customers.  Additional responsibilities include development of recipes that utilize produce and value-added products and preparation of dishes for participants of farm tours. As farm explores possible development of agritourism opportunities, Chef’s input will be essential.

Key Areas of Responsibility

Food Production

  • Produce value-added items (e.g., fruit preserves, pickles, herb blends, crackers) following established recipes and formulas
  • Develop new recipes and formulas to utilize new or excess produce from the farm
  • Create and test farm-centered recipes for website, newsletters, and farm stand
  • Prepare food for summer farm tours
  • Assist Herbalist in creating and producing skin care products
  • Prepare staff lunches, as requested
  • Ensure safe food production by strictly adhering to food safety regulations and best practices

Kitchen Management

  • Maintain kitchen equipment and appliances on a regular basis
  • Communicate any equipment and building issues to Owner and Farm Manager
  • Manage the cleanliness of the kitchen, walk-in, storage area, and restroom
  • Order equipment and tools, as needed, for kitchen and Herbalist’s use

Inventory Management

  • Order and maintain par levels for ingredients
  • Maintain par levels and inventory records of value-added products

Record Keeping

  • Track cost of goods and food costs of items produced
  • Record weights of produce used in value-added products

Packaging

  • Collaborate with Market Cultivator to source appropriate packaging and labels
  • Assist Market Cultivator with ordering packaging items
  • Package, label, and store the items produced

Planning

  • Forecast amounts/weights of produce needed for upcoming value-added products in order to provide input to Principal Grower on varieties of plants and volumes of production needed in kitchen
  • Work with Herbalist to set harvest needs to maintain the kitchen’s supply of herbs
  • Create the value-added portion of the annual budget for the upcoming year and track actual vs budgeted expenditures monthly
  • Work with Market Cultivator to evaluate existing product mix and develop new products

Agritourism

  • Work with Owner and Market Cultivator to develop an agritourism plan, e.g., culinary contribution to farm tours, cooking classes, and farm-to-table dinners

Secondary Responsibilities

  • Aid Principal Grower with bed preparation, planting, weeding, and harvesting, as needed and as time permits

Consults and Works Closely With

  • Owner
  • Market Cultivator
  • Principal Grower
  • Herbalist

Qualifications

  • Culinary Arts and/or Baking and Pastry Arts degree(s) preferred
  • Advanced experience in the following:
    • Food preservation, e.g. fruit preserves, pickles, salsa, and herb blends
    • Producing baked goods, especially breakfast pastries and naturally leavened breads
    • Producing body care products such as soap, scrubs, and lip balms
    • Recipe development and testing
  • Applied knowledge of culinary accounting
  • Better Process Control School (for low acid and acidified foods) certificate of completion before or shortly after hire
  • ServSafe Food Handler’s Certification or willingness to get certified
  • Basic computer skills: competency with Word and Excel

Personal Traits

  • Strong work ethic
  • Committed to high standard of quality
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Creative
  • Detail-oriented
  • High standards for kitchen maintenance
  • Comfortable working alone as well as working collaboratively with team
  • Good communicator
  • Upbeat and positive attitude

Term of Employment

  • Employment at will
  • Full-time, year-round, though hours may be lighter during several months of the winter

Compensation

  • Hourly, amount depends on level of expertise and experience

Start Date

  • March 1-15, 2017

To Apply: Email your resume and cover letter to info@elkstonefarm.com

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