Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurants Kitchen Manager in Illinois

Opportunities now available in our central Illinois region. * Relocation Assistance Available for the Ideal Candidate! *

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants is a modern casual Napa-inspired full-service restaurant with a scratch kitchen, full bar, winery-inspired private event space and an artisan retail market. We currently have over 34 locations in 9 states throughout the U.S. We have 5000 employees and plan to double our size in the next 5 years (and we're not stopping there!) Our winery is the 34th largest in the United States, and we are home to the largest wine club in the country with over 300,000 Wine Club Members! We are a lifestyle brand centered around wine and focused on creating memorable moments that enrich lives.

Our Kitchen Managers help lead the way in our scratch kitchen, where we produce our seasonally inspired menu items. Our team has a true passion for food and is always working to ensure that we deliver only the most fresh, high quality and wonderfully tasting food that our guests have come to expect. All of our menu items are made with peak-of-season ingredients and are thoughtfully paired with Cooper’s Hawk wines. Our focus on innovation helps us introduce new, exciting items each season, while still offering Cooper’s Hawk favorite dishes.

The Kitchen Manager role is an important one. He or she partners closely with the Executive Kitchen Manager to coach and inspire our team members, ensuring that we are serving the most excellent food, all the time. Cooper’s Hawk has a "fast tracker program" with a goal to get qualified high level team members to an Executive Kitchen Manager position within 3-12 months. Cooper’s Hawk has a strong focus on internal growth and development as we continue to open 4-6 new restaurants every year.

Responsibilities and Requirements:

  • Must represent Cooper’s Hawk Vision and Values

  • Ideally 2 years of supervisory experience, working in high volume restaurants

  • Experience in a scratch kitchen, a plus

  • Loves to cook!

  • Loves food and continuously upholds outstanding food quality standards

  • Has an interest in learning about wine and how it pairs with food

  • Leads and motivates the kitchen team to execute Cooper's Hawk policies and procedures

  • Ensures superior quality and execution of Cooper’s Hawk recipe standards

  • Recruits, interviews, hires, trains, schedules and provides ongoing development of kitchen team members to Cooper's Hawk standards

  • Monitors and improves of food and labor cost systems

  • Prepares daily production list

  • Places food and supply orders

  • Conducts inventory per company policy

  • Completes line-checks to ensure all stations are stocked with quality food equipment

  • Ensures that high standards of sanitation, cleanliness and safety are maintained throughout the kitchen area at all times

  • Coaches and trains team members to increase knowledge about safety, sanitation, and accident prevention principles

  • Works directly with Event Coordinator in preparation for planned events

  • Has strong oral and written communication skills

  • Ability to stand and walk for up to 10 hours per day

  • Ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds

  • Ability to exert fast-paced mobility for periods up to 6 hours in length

  • Ability to work within the following conditions: wet floors, temperature extremes and loud noise

  • Ability to work calm and effectively under pressure

  • Ability to communicate and understand the primary language of the work location

  • Ability to perform essential functions to Cooper’s Hawk standards with reasonable accommodation.

At Cooper’s Hawk, we care about our Team Members! We know you spend a lot of time at work, so we are committed to you living your best life – inside and out of our restaurants. Below is a summary of our benefit offerings*:

  • Competitive earning opportunities

  • Health and wellbeing benefits including:

  • BCBS Medical with wellness program discounts

  • Dental Insurance

  • Vision Insurance

  • Flexible Spending - Dependent and Health

  • Health Savings Account

  • Employer Paid Voluntary Life and Accidental Death Insurance

  • Short- and Long-term disability

  • 401K plan with Cooper’s Hawk match

  • Employee Assistance Program

  • Paid vacation

  • Paid Maternity (12 weeks) and Paternity (2 weeks) leave

  • Discounted dining, retail and wine purchases and monthly dining allowance

  • Complimentary meal on shift

  • Complimentary uniforms for Kitchen Managers

  • Cooper’s Hawk Cares Day (Community Give-Back!)

  • Training and Development:

  • Formal Training and Transition/Executive Coaching Programs for all Managers-in-Development

  • Clearly defined career path and promotion criteria allowing for ongoing growth and development

  • Focused Individual Development Plans for all managers

  • Wine Scholarship Program

  • For Senior Managers – Eligible for Nomination into Emerging Leader Program

  • For GMs/EKMs - Driving Development Incentive Program (BMW Incentive!)

*provided you satisfy eligibility requirements.

Cooper’s Hawk is an equal opportunity employer.

Responsibilities and Requirements:

  • Must represent Cooper’s Hawk Vision and Values

  • Ideally 2 years of supervisory experience, working in high volume restaurants

  • Experience in a scratch kitchen, a plus

  • Loves to cook!

  • Loves food and continuously upholds outstanding food quality standards

  • Has an interest in learning about wine and how it pairs with food

  • Leads and motivates the kitchen team to execute Cooper's Hawk policies and procedures

  • Ensures superior quality and execution of Cooper’s Hawk recipe standards

  • Recruits, interviews, hires, trains, schedules and provides ongoing development of kitchen team members to Cooper's Hawk standards

  • Monitors and improves of food and labor cost systems

  • Prepares daily production list

  • Places food and supply orders

  • Conducts inventory per company policy

  • Completes line-checks to ensure all stations are stocked with quality food equipment

  • Ensures that high standards of sanitation, cleanliness and safety are maintained throughout the kitchen area at all times

  • Coaches and trains team members to increase knowledge about safety, sanitation, and accident prevention principles

  • Works directly with Event Coordinator in preparation for planned events

  • Has strong oral and written communication skills

  • Ability to stand and walk for up to 10 hours per day

  • Ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds

  • Ability to exert fast-paced mobility for periods up to 6 hours in length

  • Ability to work within the following conditions: wet floors, temperature extremes and loud noise

  • Ability to work calm and effectively under pressure

  • Ability to communicate and understand the primary language of the work location

  • Ability to perform essential functions to Cooper’s Hawk standards with reasonable accommodation.

At Cooper’s Hawk, we care about our Team Members! We know you spend a lot of time at work, so we are committed to you living your best life – inside and out of our restaurants. Below is a summary of our benefit offerings*:

  • Competitive earning opportunities

  • Health and wellbeing benefits including:

  • BCBS Medical with wellness program discounts

  • Dental Insurance

  • Vision Insurance

  • Flexible Spending - Dependent and Health

  • Health Savings Account

  • Employer Paid Voluntary Life and Accidental Death Insurance

  • Short- and Long-term disability

  • 401K plan with Cooper’s Hawk match

  • Employee Assistance Program

  • Paid vacation

  • Paid Maternity (12 weeks) and Paternity (2 weeks) leave

  • Discounted dining, retail and wine purchases and monthly dining allowance

  • Complimentary meal on shift

  • Complimentary uniforms for Kitchen Managers

  • Cooper’s Hawk Cares Day (Community Give-Back!)

  • Training and Development:

  • Formal Training and Transition/Executive Coaching Programs for all Managers-in-Development

  • Clearly defined career path and promotion criteria allowing for ongoing growth and development

  • Focused Individual Development Plans for all managers

  • Wine Scholarship Program

  • For Senior Managers – Eligible for Nomination into Emerging Leader Program

  • For GMs/EKMs - Driving Development Incentive Program (BMW Incentive!)

*provided you satisfy eligibility requirements.

Cooper’s Hawk is an equal opportunity employer.