Head Chef


The Head Chef position at Circle Z Ranch for our 2019-2020 season begins on Monday, September 23rd, 2019 and ends mid-April 2020.

Circle Z Ranch is seeking a Head Chef that can meet our high standards of delicious, homemade meals while incorporating their own recipes and flair. We serve a variety of cuisines and special diets including, but not limited to, Hypoallergenic, Vegan, Vegetarian, Asian, Mexican, and Italian. We provide an assortment of tried and true Circle Z recipes that are the building blocks for your weekly menus.

The Head Chef position will require exceptional communication and organization skills, as well as the ability to perform multiple culinary skills including cooking, baking, prepping, budgeting, and planning.

Essential Functions:

  • Prepare evening meal for ranch guests and staff (30 – 70 individuals)
  • Prepare other assigned meals as directed
  • Prepare hors d’oeuvres and appetizers to be served at the cantina
  • Ensure proper presentation of meals and hors d’oeuvres
  • Serve meals to guests and answer food inquiries
  • During pre-season, prepare staff meals Monday through Friday
  • Manage kitchen by communicating goals and expectations with other kitchen staff
  • Plan menu with supervisor
  • Comply with Santa Cruz County Health Department requirements
  • Review food costs with supervisor and maintain budgetary expectations
  • Responsible for inventory management and ordering
  • Check quality of food and supplies
  • Responsible for kitchen cleanliness including washing of pots and pans in cook cleaning station
  • Leave kitchen clean and ready for the next shift
  • Efficiently adjust to last minute changes
  • Attend staff and department meetings


Required Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • 5-10 years’ experience cooking as a lead or head chef in guest ranches or restaurants
  • Culinary Arts certificate
  • Ability to communicate in English both verbally and in writing
  • Ability to use technology to communicate, plan, and order provisions
  • Excellent physical condition and stamina to work irregular and long hours
  • Ability to lift up to 50 lbs
  • Food Handler’s Certificate (Circle Z Ranch will provide this training if hired)

Working Conditions for the Head Chef position include:

  • Standing for long periods of time, lifting, reaching, stooping
  • Working with and around sharp kitchen implements, appliances, and equipment
  • Working with and around high temperatures from ovens, stoves, grills, and other kitchen appliances
  • Working weekends, nights, and holidays
  • Extended periods of work without time off may be required


The specific requirements, duties and skills set forth in this job description are intended to be all inclusive as of date this document is prepared. Circle Z Ranch reserves the right to modify this job description at any time. This job description may not contain all the duties you may be asked to perform during the period you work at the ranch. Further, the job description is not a guarantee that you will perform any of these duties.