Banquet Chef
Essex, VT Banquets
Job Type

Unlock your potential at The Essex Resort & Spa! 

Join us on a journey where passion meets profession in the heart of Vermont's scenic countryside. We redefine hospitality excellence, offering more than just a job—it's an opportunity to join a dynamic team committed to crafting unforgettable experiences.

Whether you're an experienced expert or an aspiring talent, our diverse career opportunities promise growth, fulfillment, and the chance to make a meaningful impact. From culinary maestros to hospitality enthusiasts, administrative aces to creative minds, there's a place for every skill set and aspiration within our family.

Join us in creating magical moments for our guests, where every smile, every detail, and every interaction embodies the essence of true hospitality. At The Essex Resort & Spa, success knows no bounds. Dare to dream, dare to achieve, and let your career flourish in an environment where excellence is not just a goal, but a way of life.

At The Essex, culinary innovation thrives amidst the breathtaking beauty of Vermont's Champlain Valley. Join our team and immerse yourself in a culture of culinary excellence, where creativity, passion, and locally sourced ingredients converge to craft unforgettable dining experiences. Whether you're a seasoned chef or a budding talent, The Essex offers a dynamic environment where you can hone your skills and contribute to the artistry of our diverse culinary offerings.

BASIC FUNCTION: The Banquet Chef is responsible for all food and beverage preparation for the functions scheduled in the property.


  • Responsible for writing transfers and food requisitions which are overseen by the Executive Chef or Executive Sous Chef.
  • Prepare, together with assigned cooks, food items designated by the Executive Chef according to the property’s standard recipes and policies.
  • Promote teamwork between kitchen and banquet kitchen.
  • Consult with the Executive Chef on daily and weekly banquet forecast and special functions.
  • Consult with cooks on duty regarding mise en place and the food requisitioning for upcoming functions.
  • Responsible for the care and cleanliness of all kitchen equipment.
  • Place order with Stewarding Department for the plates, silver, mobile equipment, etc. needed for each function.
  • Supervise and train staff.
  • Responsible for preparing cooking alcohol beverages requisition for the Executive Chef’s or Executive Sous Chef’s signature.
  • Ensure that banquet functions are properly broken down and that reusable items are returned to the main kitchen and pot of cafeteria shelf.
  • Check walk-in for leftover food items to ensure their proper rotation and usage.
  • Complete all food transfers and deliver to Executive Chef’s office.
  • Report irregularities and defects in equipment and machinery to Executive Chef and Executive Sous Chef.
  • Ensure that the stations are clean and that all food items are properly covered and stored at the end of shift.


  • Respond to any reasonable task assigned by Executive Chef or Executive Sous Chef.
  • Assist in other areas of the kitchen as needed.
  • Develop and maintain ongoing education programs for sanitation and safety.


  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Three to five years culinary experience in a multi unit hotel or conference center.
  • Previous experience supervising a staff of fifteen or more employees.
  • Three years culinary training.
  • Knowledge of culinary departments.
  • Good working knowledge of basic accounting.
  • Creative, innovative and assertive personality.
  • Excellent communication skills.



At The Essex, we believe in investing in our team members' wellbeing and growth, offering a comprehensive benefits package designed to support both personal and professional development. From competitive compensation and healthcare options to opportunities for career advancement and ongoing training, we strive to provide a fulfilling work environment where every employee feels valued and empowered. Join us at The Essex and embark on a rewarding journey where your contributions are recognized and rewarded, and where you can thrive both professionally and personally.

Employees classified as full time year round are entitled to participate in the following benefits after they have met the eligibility requirements:

  • Medical Insurance (with Employer contribution)
  • Dental Insurance (with Employer contribution)
  • Vision Insurance
  • Life & Disability Insurance (Employer paid)
  • Voluntary Life & Disability Insurance – for employee, spouse/domestic partner and child(ren) (supplemental – paid by employee)
  • Medical Care Flexible Spending Account
  • Dependent Care Account (for Daycare, elderly care or other dependent care)
  • Short and Long Term Disability Insurances
  • Accident Insurance
  • Critical Illness Insurance for employee and spouse/domestic partner
  • Paid Time Off
  • Bereavement Time

All employees at least 18 years of age or older, regardless of status, are eligible to participate in our 401(k) plan with Employer match after 3 months of employment.

Property Benefits:

 Employees of The Essex Resort & Spa can take advantage of the many benefits our property provides.

On Property Discounts:

  • Restaurant
  • Spa (on treatments and products)
  • Cook Academy

Other Discounts:

  • Memberships to The Edge Sports & Fitness
  • Stays at the hotel for employee, friends and/or family
  • Movie tickets to Essex Cinemas
  • Essex Experience (varies by business)
  • Stays at other New England Inns & Resorts as part of the NEIRA program
  • Ski passes to Smuggler’s Notch & Sugarbush/IKON

Other Benefits:

  • Complimentary use of the on-site fitness center
  • Complimentary use of the on-site Tennis courts
  • Free Stay at the Resort (once per year for Employee & a guest) with Breakfast included (must be at least 18 years of age)