Kitchen Sous Chef

Menla is currently seeking an inspired and experienced Sous Chef to work side by side with our Executive Chef. Join our kitchen team who have a wealth of knowledge for plant-based menus that are wholly nourishing and ecologically sustainable.  Bring your culinary and creative talents to our holistic retreat center and world-class healing spa in the heart of the Catskills. If you have a passion for the healing benefits of food and are looking for an inspired kitchen team to work with for a meaningful cause– this is a great opportunity for you.

The Sous Chef should have experience in the preparation of healthy and holistic meals for large groups. S/he should also have organizational and some managerial skills to assume joint responsibility for the daily operation of the kitchen with the Head Chef.

Primary Responsibilities

  •  Supervision of Kitchen Crew during set-up and cleanup of meals and when the Executive Chef is off-duty.
  •  Prepare mostly vegan/vegetarian buffet style meals under the direction of the Executive Chef
  •  Prepare fish or chicken supplements for certain groups (less than 10% of annual bookings)
  •  Inspect the kitchen for cleanliness and proper storage of foods and utensils.
  •  Provide input to the Executive Chef in menu planning based on feedback from the staff and guests.
  •  Supervise the post-meal clean-up.
  •  Keep inventory and perform data entry for food cost and reordering
  •  Some specific cooking skills, such as dessert preparation or baking, are desirable.

Compensation: Hourly wage $17-20/hr DOE, organic vegetarian shift meals, share of guest tips, also possible very affordable on-site housing for the right candidate.

Perks:  A sense of community; access to free yoga, meditation and other Menla-sponsored classes and retreats; and great discounts on massages and bookstore items; use of facilities, including hiking trails, state of the art gym and seasonal pool.


375 Pantherkill Road, P.O. Box 70 Phoenicia, NY 12464
845-688-6897 ext 101