Art Gallery of Ontario

317 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON

Sous Chef

Full Time

Toronto, Ontario (view on map)

Posted 3 days ago

Immediate Start
5 days/week required availability
Mornings, Afternoons, Evenings shifts

Job Perks & Benefits

Medical/Dental Coverage
Work/Life Balance

Job Description

Events Sous Chef
Regular Full-Time
(35 hours per week; must be available weekday, weekends, evenings, and holidays)


Does it excite you to lead a team of cooks to work on different themed menus for special events? Are you eager to get creative and contribute to the development of Special Events Menu revolve around our unique events at the Gallery? The Events Sous Chef position might be the right fit for you!

Located in Toronto, the Art Gallery of Ontario (“the AGO”) is one of the largest art museums in North America, with a collection of close to 100,000 works. Through the collection as well as collaborations with leading museums around the world, the AGO presents wide-ranging exhibitions and programs to more than 1 million visitors annually. Focused on delivering content of exceptional quality and contemporary relevance, the AGO is deepening relationships with existing members and visitors, attracting new and diverse audiences, and strengthening its recognition on a global scale. At the AGO, our Food and Beverage team has the opportunity to get creative and build menus and culinary experiences that reflect our featured exhibitions and art pieces.

We are currently searching for a Regular Full-Time Events Sous Chef who will be an integral part of the AGO Food and Beverage team. He/She/They will oversee and supervise production and service of all special event menus under the direction of the Event Chef.

Does this sound like the opportunity you’ve been waiting for? If you have the following qualifications, we’d love to hear from you!

The ideal candidate will have the following skills and experience:

-A number of years directly related experience in a comparable position at a high quality hospitality operation or directly related banquet cooking experience in a high quality, volume, hospitality operation.
-Directly related experience on a professional culinary team supervising and/or mentoring subordinate staff
-Extensive knowledge of food handling and advanced culinary techniques.
-Extensive knowledge of safety and sanitation standards in accordance with municipal health board.
-Demonstrated ability to handle knives and all kitchen equipment and to instruct safe handling to others.
-Well developed organizational and time management skills.
-Demonstrated knowledge of Microsoft Office and Outlook.
-Well developed interpersonal and communication skills.
-Well developed awareness of contemporary creative cuisine, gastronomy and food and wine pairing techniques.
-Awareness of current food trends, relevant competitors and customer expectations within a high-end hospitality operation.
-Familiarity with food and labour cost control systems.

Interested so far? Learn more about why AGO would be a great fit below.

What are the benefits and highlights of working at the AGO?
-Discount on Goodlife Fitness Annual Membership
-Discounts on admissions to Partner attractions, galleries and museums
-10 paid sick days, annually
-1 paid personal day, annually
-Extended health and dental coverage
-Pensionable earnings
-10 paid Vacation days, eligible after 1 year of employment
-Paid safety shoes allowance, up to $150 annually

-Lifeworks, log-in to view “Perks” – discounts and price breaks including travel, health care, personal purchases
-Lifeworks program – mental health support and direction, personal counselling options, toolkits and resources
-Dedicated Mental Health support program – provided by Not myself today – online access

If this sounds like an opportunity you are looking for, apply now!

The Gallery continually strives to create a safe and inclusive workplace. We offer diversity and inclusion training to our staff and volunteers so they can continually learn and contribute to fostering a supportive environment where people feel comfortable to come to work as they are. Our Food & Beverage team has been participating in the training sessions and will continue to implement what they have learned to make sure they create a positive space for all.

The mental health of our employees is also very important to us. We offer our employees programs that support wellness and enhance the job experience. If our employees need assistance, employee assistance program (EAP) services are available to them. The Gallery also takes part in the city and province’s reciprocal benefits program, allowing our employees access to city and province discounts.

The AGO continues to build a high-performance culture as an employer-of-choice, with strong staff and volunteer satisfaction and engagement aligned to the AGO’s compelling mission, vision and values. At the AGO, we are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace and are dedicated to hiring employees who reflect the communities we serve. We welcome and encourage candidates who are women, BIPOC, 2SLGBTQI and people with disabilities to apply for this new and exciting role. In accordance with the Ontario Human Rights, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act & the AGO’s Recruitment & Selection Policy for Staff, a request for accommodation will be considered throughout the hiring process.

We invite individuals who reflect the diversity of our visitors to apply by submitting a tailored cover letter and CV via this link:

We thank all applicants but must advise that only those selected for interviews will be contacted.


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