Newtown Baking and Pizza

Head Chef

Apply toThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Return to Postings
Posted On: Friday, 25th January 2019
Category: Other
Location: Staunton, Virginia
960 West Beverley Street, Staunton, Virginia 24401
Job Type:
Full Time

Job Description:

About Newtown Baking and Pizza:

Located in Staunton, VA, in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley Newtown Baking and Pizza is a community food establishment that has been in operation for over ten years. Serving pastries and bread by day, and pizza and other wood- fired, Mediterranean inspired dishes by night, our diverse menu makes Newtown a favorite for locals and visitors alike. The day (bakery) and night service compliment one another, relying on a motivated and functional team to uphold the bakery and restaurant’s reputation with dedication to quality, delicious, and affordable food.


Position Summary:

We are seeking a creative, empathetic, and self-driven Leader to join our dinner-service team and help us grow our business. An ideal candidate will be one with an interest in wood-fired cooking and a passion for and interest in seasonally-inspired and locally sourced cuisine.

The Head Chef is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day culinary operations of Newtown Baking and Pizza while ensuring the highest quality of food for our guests. This position is responsible for managing and supervising all dinner- service kitchen personnel, coordinating orders from various food purveyors and farmers, collaborating with our bakery team, and planning/ executing a creative, locally-sourced, and seasonally-inspired menu.


Position Responsibilities:

  • Creates innovative menu items and specials to uphold core business brand and values.
  • Ensures all food and products are consistently prepared and served according to restaurant recipes, portioning, and cooking standards.
  • Analyzes and maintains food costs, quality, inventory and purchasing; assigns prices to menu items.
  • Establishes and controls the work schedule of all kitchen employees.
  • Communicates and collaborates with bakery staff in the planning and execution of breakfast and lunch service.
  • Knowledgeable and compliant with Virginia health code, safety, and restaurant policies and procedures.
  • Maintains clean, functional and sanitary work stations, kitchen and equipment.
  • Trains staff on required cooking methods, portions and quality.
  • Establishes and maintains a positive energy in the kitchen; inspires kitchen team and promotes growth of employees.
  • Able to communicate well with both back of house and front of house staff.
  • Leads in service and preparation.
  • Attends necessary management meetings and employee trainings.
  • Offers suggestions and processes for growth and improvement


Position Qualifications:

  • Minimum 3 years’ commercial kitchen management experience; previous head and/or sous chef experience preferred.
  • Certificate or degree in Culinary Arts a plus.
  • Experience with wood-fired cooking preferred.
  • ServSafe or similar certification required (will allow time to acquire if not currently certified).
  • Ability to work flexible hours, in addition to normal business hours, as needed.
  • Team player; clear, honest, open communicator a must.
  • Ability to think quickly, multitask, and adapt to changing situations while maintaining the highest quality of product and other established standards.
  • Ability to navigate and utilize Microsoft Office Suite programs, Square point of sale (POS) system, and all other required operating machines (i.e. cooking machinery) desirable, but will train if necessary.
  • Passion for/interest in the development of seasonally-inspired menus and local sourcing.



This is a full-time, exempt, year round position. Salary is commensurate with experience. At Newtown Baking and Pizza, teamwork is paramount; we believe that great teams are formed through individuals who lead lives that offer them a meaningful quality of life. This position is (generally) a 5 day work week; if you are a culinary professional wishing to strike a healthy balance between work and home life, this position could be a great fit. Basic benefits include workers’ compensation coverage and earned vacation/sick leave.


To Apply:

Please send resume, three professional references, and letter of interest to
Kayla MacLachlan at

Powered by JobGrok