Sous Chef Job at El Solazo, Chicago, IL

  • El Solazo
  • Chicago, IL

Job Description

A West Elsdon neighborhood staple since 2007, Solazo (sister concept to Michelin Bib Gourmand recipient La Josie in the West Loop) re-opened in October 2021 with it's first ever cocktail program, refreshed menu and outdoor patio seating. The updated menu introduces new modern flavors that pay tribute to owner Pepe Barajas’ childhood in Mexico and his family’s puestos de tacos (taco stands). Pepe Barajas and his talented team bring creative and thoughtful dishes influenced by all regions of Mexico alongside some of his family recipes from their home state (and tequila's birthplace), Jalisco, Mexico. Solazo takes pride in it's extensive agave program, Family like enviorment culture and more importantly that it is born and raised in the Southside.

Solazo is looking for a passionate, experienced Sous Chef to work along side Chef Pepe. You should be a skilled Line & Prep cook with exceptional communicative & admistrative capabilities. We are looking for someone who will be team-oriented, A lead by example individual who want to be with us long-term, with a desire to dive deeper into the intricacies of Mexican cuisine, participate in R&D and grow with the company in opening future concepts. 


  • Motivated, innovative and creative
  • Excellent knowledge of kitchen stations, general kitchen experience, well disciplined organization manner, special attention to detail regarding organization.
  • 2+ years of Line & Prep cook experience
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft office (Excel & Word)
  • Flexible availability mornings, evenings and weekends
  • Bilingual, Spanish 
Essential Duties & Responsibilties

  • Abilty to work under pressure with grace and ease
  • Passion for excellence, superior service standards, and a positive attitude with a team player mindset
  • Love for exceptional food and exquisite style
  • Daily kitchen Pre-Shifts
  • Order placing 
  • Labor and Food cost
  • Communicating with Vendors 
  • Partcipate in seasonal menu updates
  • Maintain a polished posture.
Minimum Qualifications

  • Servsafe food manager certifications
  • Willingness to maintain a clean, safe, and healthy work environment
  • Ability to coordinate multiple activities with attention to detail
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Excellent time management skills
Physical demands and work enviorment

  • Ability to be flexible and open-minded about job demands
  • Ability to move or handle equipment throughout the restaurant (generally between 0-50 lbs.)
  • Must be able to stand, walk, move during entire shift including frequent bending and stooping
If you have a passion for hospitality and like the sound of this opportunity, please submit your resume and cover letter. We look forward to meeting you!

Chef Pepe Barajas


Job Tags

Full time, Outdoor, Flexible hours, Shift work, Weekend work, Day shift, Afternoon shift,

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