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Executive Chef
Taco Grande
Wilmington, DE

The Big Fish Restaurant Group is currently seeking an Executive Chef for our newest concept,
Taco Grande, set to open on the Wilmington Riverfront in May 2021!

Job Description
The Executive Chef holds various responsibilities for the oversight of kitchen operations, while
maintaining a strong focus on the culinary aspect of the restaurant which includes new dish
development and presentation, menu planning, and ensuring the restaurant stays ahead of the
curve with current industry food trends. He/She supervises the operations and staff, including
the execution of all policies, procedures, programs and systems while ensuring compliance with
federal, state and local laws. The Executive Chef has a strong culinary background, is a
confident decision maker, highly practiced in employee and business management, has the
ability to motivate his/her team, and is an exemplary communicator.


  • Establish and oversee kitchen systems and processes; ensure that all systems/processes
    are clearly communicated to team members and carried out on a daily basis including
    (1) opening/closing checklists, (2) quality control checklists, (3) ordering and inventory
    procedures, (4) daily/weekly cleaning lists, and (5) menu planning, presentation, and
  • Create daily/weekly specials and ensure cost of each item aligns with our expectations
    and the target market/customer base of your restaurant
  • Conduct a daily pre-shift meeting with your kitchen team to discuss systems and
    processes, notes, goals, changes, and new ideas
  • Ensure the Sous Chef understands expectations and is upholding all systems
    and processes daily and when you (the Executive Chef) are not present
  • Communicate with the General Manager of your location to determine labor and sales
    forecast for upcoming weeks
  • Fully manage kitchen labor, including all hiring and weekly scheduling of staff (schedules
    to be approved and posted at least 2 weeks in advance)
  • Order all food and related product, utilizing the declining budget to keep COGS in line
    with set expectations
  • Communicate any Commissary issues/suggestions to the BFRG Commissary Manager
  • Maintain cleanliness and organization in all cooking and storage areas; ensure your
    entire team upholds expected sanitary practices and safe food handling
  • Oversee prep and confirm that all recipes and procedures are followed properly to
    maintain consistency; alter recipes for better quality and/or taste where you deem
  • Oversee execution of all orders and food presentation, while maintaining prompt ticket
    times, to provide the best dining experience for every guest
  • Coach team members daily to encourage individual growth; cross train in different areas of the kitchen to build and maintain a dynamic team
  • Practice preventative maintenance and ensure necessary repairs are completed on all kitchen equipment


  • Minimum two years of prior kitchen/culinary experience
  • Culinary training preferred; driven to expand knowledge and stay current on best
    practices and new trends
  • ServSafe certified
  • Willingness to work a flexible schedule that includes day, night and weekend hours
  • Exhibit a sense of urgency
  • Excited to work in a team environment and motivate others
  • Neat, clean and professional appearance


  • Competitive Pay
  • Medical, Dental, Vision Insurance
  • Paid Vacation Time
  • Advancement Opportunities
  • Supportive Team Environment
  • Meal Discounts

Company Description
Big Fish Restaurant Group is a privately held, professionally managed multi-concept restaurant
group that grew from the success of the original Big Fish Grill in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.
Since 1997 when brothers Eric and Norman Sugrue opened the original Big Fish Grill, BFRG
has expanded north to Wilmington and across state lines to Maryland with a total of
18 locations. Big Fish Restaurant Group now consists of Big Fish Grill Rehoboth, Big Fish Seafood
Market, Big Fish Grill Ocean View, Big Fish Grill on the Riverfront, Summer House, Salt Air,
Obie’s By the Sea, Sazio, Stingray, Crab House, Striper Bites, Trolley Square Oyster House,
BarRoja, Washington Street Ale House, Mikimotos, Torbert Street Social, Rosenfeld’s
Wilmington, and Nick’s Fish House.

We are proud to say that Big Fish Restaurant Group has been a favorite of those local to
Delaware and visiting for over 20 years! Each of our concepts serves only the freshest seafood
alongside unique and delicious dishes. We value team members who love amazing food, tasty
beverages and making others smile just as much as we do; and we are currently seeking new
team members who are driven and hospitality-focused!

To apply to this position, please email your resume directly to BFRG Northern Culinary
Director, Michael McNutt, at

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