Chef - PRL-Connecticut

116 Johnson Rd, Falls Village, CT 06031, USA Req #665
Friday, May 12, 2023


Chef at Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center in Falls Village, CT

The full-time chef position is responsible for the preparation and execution of the food service at the Isabella Freedman Jewish Retreat Center. Working alongside the Executive and Sous chef, the cook position will be responsible for being the strong third; a responsible, dependable, trustworthy, and motivated member of a small close-knit team who is looking to grow into a leader. The food at Isabella Freedman, a certified kosher kitchen, is focused on seasonal and local products prepared simply, utilization of a range of preservation methods, and increasingly utilizing live fire cooking. This position is ideal for an early career cook with a desire to learn, an interest challenging oneself within the boundaries of local, seasonal, kosher, and large event cooking, and a killer work ethic. Local candidates only.

Job Summary 

Strong assistant and support to the Sous Chef in the kitchen to ensure readiness of all meals, preparation, for a successful group stay. 

Cleaning, Sanitation and Safety: 

  • Adherence to Local, State and Federal Health Department codes and company standards.   
  • All food stored, rotated, and dated properly. 
  • Kitchen is maintained in a clean and sanitary condition. 
  • All safety regulations are enforced.  
  • Maintain a minimum ServSafe Safe Food Handler Certification.  

Food procurement, receiving and storage and inventory management:             

  • Ensure the proper holding and serving temperatures of all food in the walk-ins, freezers and kitchens, as well as buffets and dining room when applicable. 
  • Manage and/or dispose of all food items appropriately that are returned to the kitchen after meal or snack service. 
  • Assist with weekly, monthly and yearly food and beverage inventories, as needed.  

Food production: 

  • Follow daily production plans. 
  • Maximize usage of available Adamah farm produce. 
  • Accurate quantity and quality produced for each meal. 
  • Timely production of prepped ingredients for cooks and chefs to use, salad bar items, snacks, and other appropriate menu items as assigned. 
  • Complete ingredient sheets for each food item produced.  

Administrative Duties: 

  • Attend Kitchen meetings.  
  • Maintain and encourage clear communication, written and verbal, with the Cooks, Retreat Service staff, and Porters. 


  • Must have or obtain a ServeSafe Food Handler’s Certification. 
  • Experience working in a Kitchen. 
  • Minimum two to five years of experience in a similar position cooking and in the hospitality industry. 
  • Experience with Kashrut (Kosher laws) ideal, but not mandatory. 
  • Demonstrated ability to lead a team and communicate well during meal prep and service. 


  • Attend weekly department meetings. 
  • Attend monthly all-staff meetings. 
  • Must possess a solid work ethic with strong organizational and time-management skills, excellent attention to detail, as well as provide excellent customer service.  
  • Must maintain a professional demeanor.  
  • Must be able to adapt to changing situations. 
  • Other tasks/duties as assigned. 

Working Conditions: 

This is a non-exempt position with work hours on any day of the week. (Depending on the program schedule.) This job description does not state or imply that the above are the only duties and responsibilities assigned to the position. Employees holding this position will be required to perform any other job-related duties as requested by Management. All requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with a disability. 

Mental, Physical and Visual Skills: 

Must be able to follow written, verbal, or diagrammatic instructions with several concrete variables.  Able to add, subtract, multiply and divide whole numbers, and do calculations involving fractions, decimals and percentages.  Ability to understand and follow verbal or demonstrated instructions; write identifying information; request supplies verbally or in writing.  Must have superior organizational skills and prioritize tasks well. Must be able to do light work, exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally, performing such activities as climbing, balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching, standing, pulling, walking, pushing, lifting, grasping, feeling, talking, hearing and repetitive motions.  Have visual requirements of mid-range vision. 

90 Day Check In: Ninety days from date of employment date, there will be a check in between you and your supervisor. Annually thereafter.  

 At Adamah, we believe in the deep connection between people and planet, adam and adamah. Our mission is to create vibrant Jewish life in deep connection with the Earth, catalyzing culture change and systemic change through Immersive Retreats, Jewish Environmental Education, and Climate Action. Every day, we inspire and empower youth, teens, families, and leaders through programs that deeply interweave Jewish tradition and the natural world, creating diverse and inclusive communities, and building a more sustainable future.     

The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore and its Agencies are equal opportunity employers, dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination in employment on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, marital status, citizenship, veteran's status, physical or mental disability that does not prohibit the performance of essential job functions (with or without reasonable accommodation) or any other basis protected by federal, or applicable, state or local law.

Other details

  • Job Family PEARL
  • Pay Type Hourly
  • Min Hiring Rate $25.00
  • Max Hiring Rate $29.00
Location on Google Maps
  • 116 Johnson Rd, Falls Village, CT 06031, USA