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Head Chef

Date: May 28, 2023

Location: Loretto, KY, US

Company: Beam Suntory

Maker’s Mark a Subsidiary of Beam Suntory is Crafting the Spirits that Stir the World. Rooted in two centuries of family heritage, Beam Suntory has evolved into the world's third largest leading premium spirits company ... where each employee is treated like family and trusted with legacy. With our greatest assets - our premium spirits and our people - we're driving growth through impactful marketing, innovation and an entrepreneurial spirit. Beam Suntory is a place where you can come Unleash your Spirit by making an impact each and every day.



Head Chef  


The following position is open in Loretto KentuckyUnited StatesThis position will be based at the distillery which is approximately 20 miles south of Bardstown, KY


What makes this a great opportunity?

Maker’s Mark has a vision to operate a best in class culinary program leveraging our own farm production wagyu cattle, sheep, fruits and vegetables to enhance the experience guests have when visiting the brand homeplace at the distillery. Partnering with our working farm production team, a leading global drinks program and emerging special events department, the executive chef will support the overarching vision and operations of these programs through excellence in culinary execution via multiple channels including Star Hill Provisions Restaurant, private barrel selections, private dining, special events and more. Maker’s Mark is currently investing heavily in human and physical capital to support these programs.


Role Responsibilities

  • Act with integrity, honesty and knowledge that promote the culture, values and mission of Star Hill Provisions at Maker’s Mark.
  • Support development and ongoing culture of cohesion, respect, hospitality and growth internally
  • Ensure that all guests feel welcome and are given responsive, professional, gracious service at all times
  • Performs all aspects of position with efficiency, respect, friendliness, professionalism, teamwork, knowledge, patience, awareness, compassion, courtesy and initiative
  • Improve culinary operational efficiency
  • Establish Key Performance Indicators for all services
  • Work with the executive team on financial strategy
  • Work with the Star Hill Farm team on produce planting, proteins and other ingredients grown/raised on site
  • Lead Maker’s Mark culinary mission of sustainability
  • Create and maintain seasonal menus
  • Set and track F&B budgets
  • Report event, vending, drop-off, and corporate operational profitability
  • Create and maintain seasonal, sustainable menus
  • Respond to special requests from clients
  • Create appropriate seasonal, event, and special request menus
  • Participate in Maker’s Mark marketing and outreach, which may include appearances, photo-shoots, etc.
  • Write, scale, and adjust recipes as needed so they comply with food and labor cost goals
  • Source new vendors and products as needed
  • Assume 100% responsibility for the quality of products served.
  • Attend scheduled employee meetings and bring suggestions for improvement
  • Update menus at the request of the executive team and as needed
  • Execute tastings for both individuals and groups
  • Work with executive teams to set pricing for all menus
  • Establish and maintain vending kitchen equipment and small-ware inventory
  • Procure needed operational materials
  • Assisting the kitchen team as necessary
  • Hire, train, and manage kitchen team
  • Maintain cleaning systems in the BOH
  • Ensure an “A” rating, or comparable, from the Department of Health and/or Department of Agriculture
  • Be a leader in all aspects of the business
  • Champion Maker’s Mark and Star Hill Provisions
  • Maintain a strong work ethic
  • Build and maintain team morale
  • Support Maker’s Mark corporate goals though other duties as needed 


Qualifications & Experience

  • Must have high-end culinary experience with a focus on farm to table
  • Strong communication skills and the ability to work with the executive team and employees under supervision
  • Comfortable with high-level execution
  • Ability to manage and motivate a team
  • ServSafe certified
  • Minimum of six years’ experience cooking professionally
  • At least two years in a managerial capacity in a sous-chef or chef capacity
  • Department of Health and Mental Hygiene- issued Food Protection Certificate



At Beam Suntory, people are our number one priority, and we believe our people grow together in diverse and inclusive environments where their unique insights, experiences and backgrounds are valued and respected. Beam Suntory is committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity, military veteran status and all other characteristics, attributes or choices protected by law. All recruitment and hiring decisions are based on an applicant’s skills and experience.