Junior Sous Chef - Serre Kitchen

Hotel Okura Amsterdam is an international five-star hotel. By stepping into our world, you will discover that Eastern and Western influences are uniquely entwined by our blend of Japanese and Dutch culture. Together, all employees make sure that every guest is being given the personal attention to create the most extraordinary and authentic experience. To make this happen, we are looking for an enthusiastic colleague to strengthen our team. Are you great at offering the best service to guests? Is hospitality in your blood and would you like to work in a restaurant with a Bib Gourmand? Then this vacancy is for you!

What to expect

Serre Restaurant holds a Bib Gourmand due to its excellent price – quality ratio. Guests are welcome throughout the day; should it be for a business lunch, a well deserved glass of wine, a delicious dinner with friends or a family dinner get together. The menu is an international mix of classic and modern dishes.

As Junior Sous Chef you are, together with the Executive Chef and Manager and the Chef de Cuisine, responsible for the daily management in the kitchen. You will be responsible for the conception and preparation of various dishes at a high level, the execution of mise en place activities, the cleaning of the kitchen according to HACCP regulations, the optimal functioning of the assigned partie and the development of new items on the menu. Additionally, placing orders at existing managing relationships with suppliers and looking for new suppliers.

Your main tasks will be: 

  • Direct and coach student chefs and (demi-) chef de parti's;
  • Contributing to the renewal of the menu, the development of recipes and the optimization of work processes;
  • Preparing dishes in accordance with the set standards, recipes and planning;
  • Supervising the quality and progress of work in the kitchen;
  • Making suggestions to the chef;
  • Making sure all HACCP regulations are followed as well as registration.
  • Placing orders at and maintaining relationships with suppliers
  • Ensuring the quality, taste, texture and colour of dishes and adjusting them when necessary;
  • Contributing to good cooperation between the service and culinary team.

Don't worry, you will not be working alone! Besides working with your team, you will also work closely with other departments in the hotel. Only by working together can we achieve the best results. Work is carried out in shifts throughout a 7-day workweek. You work 5 days a week, 7,6 hours a day. You are also available to work on public holidays.

What do we offer?

  • Contract:  1 year, with the possibility of extending. We want you to stay!
  • Salary:    Group 6. Click here for the salary scale based on a full-time employment
  • Bonus:     1 week salary if SMART goals are met
  • Travel Costs:  From 10 KM travelling distance
  • Holidays: 25 vacation days based on a full time contract with 7 day National holiday compensation.
  • CAO:  The Uniform Conditions for the Hotel and Catering Industry
  • Extensive development opportunities to improve day by day. We offer an online e-learning system with more than 300+ courses. Moreover, we offer specific courses from our Training Manager, such as: Lean White Belt Training and the Extraordinary Guest Experiences training;
  • Room to share initiatives, ideas and improvements, based on the Lean philosophy. Doesn’t matter if you have worked with us for a week, month or year: We want to hear your thoughts;
  • Once per year 50% staff discount in one of our restaurants (lucky you!);
  • The whole year round 20% staff discounts in one of our restaurants;
  • Great staff events (annual staff party, Sinterklaas, team outings, bootcamp);
  • Depending on your position, you will receive a uniform or dry-cleaning reimbursement;
  • Parking facilities for management positions;
  • Vitality days and monthly health days;
  • Possibility to do cross trainings to learn more about other departments, for example, take a look at the Japanese kitchen;
  • Employee of the month: receive € 100, - net, a stay in the hotel with a dinner in Serre Restaurant;
  • Employee of the Year: Receive a complete trip to Japan! 
  • After your probationary period, you will receive an overnight stay including breakfast and a drink in our 23rd bar so you can experience our hotel as a guest!

What are we asking?

What are we asking? Of course, we are first and foremost interested in you and what we as an employer can do for you to provide a great workplace. Nevertheless we expect from you that:

  • You have a minimum of 2 years leadership experience in a similar position in the higher end;
  • You have completed a chef's education;
  • You like to come up with new ideas;
  •  You are flexible;
  • You can express yourself in English (spoken and written).

Enthusiastic? That’s great, please apply!

Please apply via the button below; we will call you as soon as possible for a short introduction to get to know each other. A selection assessment is one component of our recruitment process.


Contact information

Hotel Okura - Amsterdam
Ferdinand Bolstraat 333
1072 LH Amsterdam
The Netherlands

020 678 79 89