Summer Posted February 13, 2024

Executive Chef

Sababa Beachaway


Sababa Beachaway is a co-ed residential summer camp for rising fourth through twelfth graders, located in Norfolk, Virginia. Sababa immerses campers in the magic and majesty of the beach, adds the right amount of Jewish spiritual practice, and provides a fun, non-competitive yet challenging camp experience. Sababa meaning “no worries” inspires us to be in the moment and fully present in all we do. We believe that surfing, sailing, scuba, ocean arts and ocean science promote wonder, awe, and curiosity – the cornerstones of Sababa Judaism. We celebrate that campers come from all different Jewish backgrounds, and that is what makes the Sababa Beachaway community so awesome!!!

Position Overview:

The Executive Chef will be responsible for preparing three buffet-style meals each day, for six days each week, to approximately 100 campers and 25 staff for 7 weeks. They will be responsible for setting the menu (with input from the camp directors), ordering food/managing inventory, adhering to safety rules and Kosher guidelines. They will be in charge of the “back of the house” of the camp kitchen, overseeing a staff of approximately 6-8 individuals.

In addition, the chef will:

Plan, direct, and supervise food service at camp facility, providing nutritionally balanced, ample, and tasty meals within the allocated budget;
Plan nutritionally sound meals, considering food allergies, religious dietary guidelines, and utilization of leftovers. Menus should be varied, creative, and should prioritize fresh ingredients and homemade offerings as often as possible;
Ensure that all meals are properly planned for, prepped, cooked, and served on a timely basis;
Supervise and assist with daily breakfast, lunch and dinner preparation and service;
Record quantities, types and preparation methods of food served as well as temperature of refrigeration units;
Maintain a neat and organized kitchen with the highest standards of sanitation and food safety;
Train and supervise kitchen personnel to be safe, efficient with kitchen equipment and abide by food safety standards (e.g., the importance of keeping utensils and hands clean, cooking meats thoroughly, refrigerating perishables, etc.);
Manage the kitchen staff’s weekly schedule in coordination with the Operations Director;
Supervise the washing and sterilizing of all dishware and utensils needed for service;
Set up the kitchen before the start of camp and pack and inventory summer camp kitchen equipment, supplies and food items at the end of camp;
Prepare for and be present during all external inspections;
Know, understand, and implement emergency action plans when needed;
Evaluate current season and make recommendations for the following year; and
Other related duties as assigned.


$10,000 for the summer camp period which includes room and board and a travel stipend.

To Apply

If you are interested in this position, you must submit your resume and a cover letter telling us why your experiences would make you a good fit for this role.

Sababa Beach Camp is a diverse team that is committed to recruiting, supporting, retaining, and promoting a talented staff with diverse backgrounds and experiences. At Sababa, diversity encompasses a variety of characteristics, lifestyles, and perspectives, including race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, education, disability, socio-economic status, and family status. We firmly believe that a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment is essential to our camp culture.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, age, physical disability, or length of time spent unemployed.


$10000 + housing


Qualifications & Experience:

Minimum of three years of experience in camp or institutional food service or a professional high volume kitchen environment or equivalent experience in a management role;
ServSafe Food Manager certification;
Experience adapting and preparing food menus that conform to kosher dietary guidelines, including accommodations for people with special dietary needs;
Experience cooking in and/or supervising a Kosher dining facility, a plus.
Demonstrated ability to successfully manage multiple priorities, work independently, meet deadlines, and problem solve effectively;
Strong culinary skills and creativity, adaptability and resourcefulness in designing meal plans efficiently and affordably;
Dependable, reliable, adaptable to changes in the work environment;
Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work well with people of diverse backgrounds; and
Strong supervisory and counseling skills, enthusiasm, sense of humor, patience, and self-control.

How to Apply

If you are interested in this position, you must submit your resume and a cover letter telling us why your experiences would make you a good fit for this role.

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