Sous Chef

Sous Chef

REPORTS TO: Executive Chef


The Sous Chef assists the Executive Chef in directing the activities of all food preparation and service functions onboard in accordance with the ADC Menu and Recipe Guide and ensures proper training and development of the galley crew while maintaining proper galley sanitation and safety standards. As a working Chef, the position requires assisting in all stations as necessary to ensure smooth and efficient operation of the galley. The Sous Chef may be required to temporarily assume the role of Executive Chef in his/her absence.


  • Work according to the core Values of True Alaskan Hospitality as defined in our Mission Statement: Immerse each guest in personable and unsurpassed level of service we call True Alaskan Hospitality.
  • Assist the Executive Chef in directing and supervising the preparation and service of all food onboard in accordance with the ADC Menu and Recipe Guide and ensuring that existing menu cycles in the food operation are followed by the galley brigade always. In the absence of the Executive Chef, is responsible for the overall operation of the kitchen.
  • Assist the Executive Chef in developing and updating standard recipes to be followed during the preparation of all food items.
  • Assists the Executive Chef in implementing and executing food handling and cleaning procedures in accordance with the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation regulations.
  • Assists the Executive Chef in directing, supervising and training of all employees assigned to the kitchen organization. Follows specific guidelines for orientation of all new hires.
  • Reports any malfunctioning equipment or furnishings in need of repair or refurbishing to the Executive Chef.
  • Closely supervises and inspects his complete area for operation and cleanup after each service period according to Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation regulations, conducts inspections with the Executive Chef of his complete area of responsibility.
  • Prepares a daily requisition of all items for use in the galley.
  • Follows prescribed hours set forth by the Vessel’s Daily roster.
  • Holds a position on the Vessel’s Emergency Station Bill.
  • Maintain awareness of basic safety rules, work place safety and respect for the environment.
  • Successful completion of Alaska Food Worker training and certification.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Culinary certification through school or previous company
  • 2-4 years of experience in the culinary or restaurant industry
  • Communication skill require the ability to represent the company in public appearances
  • Ability to train and supervise others and be able to review their work
  • Organized, even tempered, multi-task oriented, ability to think quick and fair minded
  • Proven team player and have a Can-Do attitude.
  • Must pass a security background check and drug test
  • Latest experience must be within the past 2 years.
  • Successful completion of Alaska Food Worker training.
  • ServSafe Food Protection Manager certification preferred.


  • First aid/CPR
  • Alaska Food Worker card
  • ServSafe Food Protection Manager certification preferred.


Duties and responsibilities are generally performed in a Marine Operations setting, primarily onboard a vessel but also pier side on turn-around-days. You may be required to share a cabin with one to three other shipmates of the same gender and will be required to be courteous of your movement in and out of the cabin while shipmates are sleeping.

You must be physically able to work a 12- hour workday. On any given day hours could be more or less. You may be required to wear protective clothing/eyewear for activities including handling of chemicals and cleaning agents. Some of your work will involve engaging guests and may include talking on a PA system. Physical demands include lifting up to 50 pounds repetitively, and passing along to other crew such as in loading ship’s stores, luggage, linen, etc. Also must have the ability to climb a 7-foot vertical ladder and fit through a 28-inch wide hatch.

Working aboard ship can be very demanding but at the same time very rewarding, which is driven by the guest’s appreciation of your efforts to deliver our unsurpassed True Alaskan Hospitality.


This job description is intended only to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by an employee in this position. It is not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills or abilities required of persons so classified or assigned.


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