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Executive Chef

Date: Jun 4, 2019

Location: Keystone, CO, US

Company: Vail Resorts

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.

The Executive Chef is an experienced culinary professional and a leader in the kitchen.  We are seeking a talented and passionate individual to fill this critical position for the award winning Ski Tip Lodge. This former 1800s stagecoach stop, one of Keystone’s oldest buildings, has been transformed into a cozy bed and breakfast with some of the best food this side of the Continental Divide. The Ski Tip Lodge boasts AAA Three-Diamond rating and the guest of the lodge will experience a rotating four-course dinner menu and thoughtful service that continues to get rave reviews. 


Responsibilities include (but are not limited to):

  • Growing business.
  • Achieve or exceed budgeted food, labor, and operating expense margins.
  • Creates new, trending, innovative, and cost effective menus for each season as well as special functions.
  • Staying current on food trends, ability to adapt to change.
  • Maintaining reputation of restaurant as well as high reviews and ratings.
  • Follow Keystone Conference Service banquet guidelines.
  • Working with conference services managers on event functions and weddings.
  • Oversees summer breakfast and lunch menus for Ranch golfers and guests to ensure quality and consistency.
  • Responsible for scheduling, staffing, and controlling food and labor costs, while providing the experience of a lifetime to our guests and employees.
  • Create a positive team atmosphere with emphasis on learning, instruction, and education of staff to our standards and those of the CMC Culinary Program.
  • Culinary Program - teach, assist, and coach culinary students in their pursuit of a degree. Previous teaching experience preferred. This program works closely with our local culinary program and will require teaching, mentoring, and grading of projects and skill sets.
  • Create a team atmosphere and lead by positive example encompassing the Vail Resorts Core Values.
  • Follow Vail Resorts Brand Standards.
  • Follows and enforces company guidelines and policies.
  • Maintain serve safe certification and records for culinary employees making sure all are current in their training.
  • Proactively assesses property and culinary equipment and maintenance needs. Works with maintenance and management to keep operation in good standing.
  • As needed, works with marketing to increase outlet capture and market share. May require travel, media coverage, and demonstration of culinary talents. 
  • Maintaining exemplary cleanliness and adheres to local and state health department requirements.
  • Proficiency in Coupa purchasing system, PeopleSoft and MS Office preferred, or willing and able to learn upon hire.
  • Purchasing and receiving.
  • Other duties as needed.



  • Minimum 5 years of fine dining culinary experience – required
  • Minimum of 3 years executive chef management experience - required
  • Culinary degree - required
  • History of growing revenue in operations - required
  • Successful budgeting experience – required
  • Strong knowledge of food safety guidelines
  • Must be serve safe certified.
  • Excellent communication, organizational and teamwork skills
  • Be able to work long hours under stress
  • Be able to stand for long periods of time of up to six hours
  • A flexible schedule including weekends, holidays, early mornings and late nights

We’re looking for team members who are passionate about their work and the world around them, who take pride in ensuring our guests receive the best possible service and who bring a sense of self and fun to all they do. Life at 9,280 feet in the sky is a little different. With our crisp Rocky Mountain air and boundless options for adventure and exploration, you can join a community who loves where they live and loves what they do. Keystone will be your home away from home; a place where friendliness, an eye for detail and unmatched guest service is the foundation of our Culture. Come join our team – where A Mountain of Possibilities awaits.

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 168842

Nearest Major Market: Denver