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Event Chef

Saratoga Springs, NY, USA

Job Type

Hourly, Full Time

Description & Requirements

Position title: PDT Event Chef

Reports to: Creative Director

Status: Hourly, Full Time

Who we are: 

PDT Market is driven by the experience of eating, shopping, and learning. PDT Catering was built on a passion for quality food and service. We provide high quality scratch-made food and exceptional service for all your life’s events. These enterprises include a gourmet grocer, robust catering and events operations both on and off premise. Every memorable experience at pdt market begins behind the scenes with our culinary team’s commitment to safe, efficient operations and exceptional cuisine.

Position Summary: As the PDT Event Chef, you are responsible for the successful execution of all food for PDT Catering events (on and off premise) and management of event kitchen staff, while providing world class guest service. The PDT Event Chef is expected to follow all safety and sanitation regulations and PDT Market standards and ensures all staff do the same.

Essential Functions: 

  • provide world class guest service and a one of a kind experience for all guests during all events

  • assist event manager to drive event timeline to ensure the event menu is executed successfully and according to the banquet event order (beo) that PDT Sales established with the client

  • manage setup and break down of off premise kitchen area

  • manage the packing, load in and load out of kitchen needs for off premise events

  • keep open communication with event manager to ensure a successful event 

  • inform event manager of any issues, changes, or needs during an event

  • ensure food goes out correctly, hot, and on time

  • supervise, assign, and assist all event kitchen staff to ensure a successful event

  • ensure associates follow company policies and standards

  • ensure associates follow health code policies

  • keep open communication with Sales Manager regarding events, execution, and menus

  • keep open communication with the creative director regarding event needs, issues, and concerns

  • documents and resolves employee and guest incidents

  • ensure event space is maintained neat, clean, and safe

  • other duties as assigned


  • minimum 3 years’ experience in an event chef position 

  • ability to work quickly + efficiently in a fast-paced environment

  • high school diploma or equivalent preferred

  • excellent oral and written communication 

  • excellent customer service skills

  • proficiency in microsoft office

  • strong interpersonal and problem-solving abilities 

  • highly responsible & reliable 

  • ability to work cohesively with fellow colleagues as part of a team 

  • ability to focus attention on guest needs, remaining calm and courteous at all times 

  • servsafe manager certified (within 3 months)

Physical Aspects of Position (include but are not limited to): 

  • Constant standing and walking throughout shift 

  • Frequent lifting and carrying up to 30 lbs 

  • Occasional kneeling, pushing, pulling, lifting 

  • Occasional ascending or descending ladders, stairs and ramps 

  • Visa Requirements: Must be legally authorized to work in the United States


  • ability to work a flexible schedule, including nights, weekends, and holidays

  • reading comprehension - understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.

  • active listening - giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

  • writing - communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

  • speaking - talking to others to convey information effectively.

  • critical thinking - using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

  • active learning - understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

  • monitoring - monitoring/assessing performance of yourself and other individuals to make improvements or take corrective action.

  • time management - managing one's own time and the time of others.

Our commitment to Diversity & Inclusion: We are an inclusive company and our ambition is to attract, recruit and promote diverse talent. We are far more than a worldwide leader. We welcome you as you are and you can find a job and brand that matches your personality. We support you to grow and learn every day, making sure that work brings purpose to your life, so that during your journey with us, you can continue to explore PDT Market’s possibilities. By joining PDT Market every chapter of your story is yours to write and together we can imagine tomorrow's hospitality.

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