The Bartolotta Restaurants is a nationally recognized restaurant and catering organization co-founded by restaurateur Joe Bartolotta and his brother, two-time James Beard Award-winning Chef Paul Bartolotta. Since 1993, The Bartolotta Restaurants has grown to become the premier culinary brand in the Greater Milwaukee region, offering first-class service and cuisine across a portfolio of 17 one-of-a-kind restaurants and catering facilities. As a forward-thinking and respected company, we also give back to our community through Care-a-lotta, a charitable program that supports numerous nonprofit organizations throughout Milwaukee. 

At The Bartolotta Restaurants, we are committed to excellence in every aspect of our business, from the products we source to the food and service we deliver every day in our restaurants and catering venues. Our greatest asset in our company is our team members because, without them, we wouldn't be in business. 

We look for people who have what we call a "hospitality heart," characterized by a commitment to providing excellence, a passion for taking care of our guests, and a “can-do” attitude. We're a family-run business, and we consider our team members part of The Bartolotta Restaurants family. 


The Sous Chef is responsible for the effective daily operations of the kitchen. This includes staffing, recruitment, employee development, financial management and facilities management. Responsible for creating, implementation and management of the menu concept. 


  • Assist the Executive Chef in the management of an inventory process.  
  • In conjunction with the management team, develop an annual budget. 
  • Monitor inventory process in compliance with respective policies and procedures. 
  • Purchase inventory according to needs, quality, specifications and budgets. 
  • Monitor menu content for effectiveness. 
  • Cost out food specials. 
  • Work closely with the Executive Chef and management staff regarding customer satisfaction regarding food selections. 
  • On-going menu engineering.
  • Ensure quality in menu and food preparation. 


  • General
  • Oversees the operations of the kitchen and back-of-house, ensuring that food is prepared safely, efficiently, and according to specifications or request. 
  • Ensures kitchen runs in accordance with all applicable health, safety, and hygiene codes and standards. 
  • Creates and modifies the restaurant’s menu based on food trends, food costs, patron requests, and seasonal availability. 
  • Oversees stocking, ordering, and purchasing of ingredients, ensuring that necessary ingredients are available and as fresh as possible while also minimizing spoilage and waste. 
  • Maintains and inspects kitchen equipment and utensils, recommending repairs or replacements as needed. 
  • Maintains kitchen budget. 
  • Sets prices for food items on the menu. 
  • Collaborates with specialty chefs on menu items—for example, works with pastry chefs to design an innovative, appealing, and complementary dessert menu.

All Other Duties as Assigned 




  • Highly organized and self-directed.
  • Able to build relationships at all levels of the organization.
  • Exceptional interpersonal, oral, presentation and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work in fast-paced, changing environment.
  • Demonstrated strong performance in analytical, innovative, and critical thinking, strategy and collaboration. 
  • Ability to produce an excellent culinary and restaurant experience for patrons. 
  • Extremely creative. 
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.  
  • Excellent time management, scheduling, managerial, and organizational skills. 
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to work well with a variety of personalities and under pressure. 


  • Relevant experience or training, which may be demonstrated via degree or certificate, completion of apprenticeship, or other experience necessary to become trained as a highly skilled professional cook. 
  • At least two years of culinary managerial experience required. 
  • Business experience preferred.  


  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is:  
  • Regularly required to sit, talk, use repetitive motion, type, and hear.  
  • Frequently required to stand, walk, use hands and fingers to handle and feel, and reach with hands and arms.  
  • Occasionally required to bend, kneel, crouch, climb stairs, and reach overhead.  
  • Must be able to lift up to 25 pounds at times.  
  • Must be able to work in a kitchen environment that may involve exposure to extreme heat or cold.

ADA Disclaimer: In developing this job description care was taken to include all competencies needed to successfully perform in this position. However, for Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) purposes, the essential functions of the job may or may not have been described for purposes of ADA reasonable accommodation. All reasonable accommodation requests will be reviewed and evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

Salary Description
Based on experience starting at $45,000