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Performance Chef - SMU Athletic Dining

Dallas, TX

  • Culinary

  • Salaried

Job Description

The Performance Executive Chef at Southern Methodist University will maximize player health and performance through the creation of nutritionally optimal meals and snacks for players and coaches.  The Chef will be responsible for overseeing the culinary performance staff at the Flanagan Family Training Table at SMU.  The Executive Chef will prepare and execute game day buffet’s for fans in the Weber End Zone complex.

Job Responsibilities

  • Develop recipes, source, create and execute high-performance menus for all players, and coach meals and ownership needs, with a focus on local, nutrient-dense, high-quality foods to optimize player health, performance, and recovery.
  • Manage culinary staff, including hiring appropriate personnel, scheduling and reviewing hours, conducting regular performance reviews, and, if necessary, terminating staff in conjunction with human resources.
  • Coordinate, engage and guide culinary staff regarding menu execution, ingredient utilization, equipment operation, kitchen flow, time management, food safety, and sanitization.
  • Ensure culinary staff executes all procedures and processes following food and safety codes.
  • Establish a culinary budget, including menu costing, inventory tracking, and invoice processing.
  • Implement procedures for serving food, as well as rotating and storing food within coolers, freezers, dry storage, etc. utilizing a FIFO-approach (including labeling, dating, rotating, and screening products to meet food safety and organizational standards.)

​​​​​​​Skills & Abilities:

  • Comprehensive understanding of menu item specifics including, but not limited to, dietary restrictions, food allergies and intolerances, ingredients, preparation processes, holding and serving temperatures, and HACCP guidelines.
  • Financial and budget management expertise.
  • Excellent organizational, time-management, verbal, and written communication skills.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office suite and nutritional database platforms for menus, recipes, costing, production, inventory, ordering, team communication, and record-keeping and documentation.

At Aramark, developing new skills and doing what it takes to get the job done make a positive impact for our employees and for our customers. In order to meet our commitments, job duties may change or new ones may be assigned without formal notice.   


  • A minimum of five (5) years of experience in the food & beverage industry as an Executive Chef.
  • A minimum of three (3) years of experience in a culinary management role within an athletic nutrition setting (ex. professional sports team, collegiate athletic department, or Olympic team setting).
  • Bachelors’ degree in culinary arts, nutrition, food science, or related field.
  • Demonstrate a forward-thinking culinary approach to athlete eating habits always.
  • Food safety certification such as SERV Safe.



About Aramark

Our Mission

Rooted in service and united by our purpose, we strive to do great things for each other, our partners, our communities, and our planet.

At Aramark, we believe that every employee should enjoy equal employment opportunity and be free to participate in all aspects of the company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, gender, pregnancy, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, military status, protected veteran status or other characteristics protected by applicable law.

About Aramark

The people of Aramark proudly serve millions of guests every day through food, facilities, and uniform services in 19 countries around the world. Rooted in service and united by our purpose, we strive to do great things for each other, our partners, our communities, and our planet. We believe a career should develop your talents, fuel your passions, and empower your professional growth. So, no matter what you're pursuing - a new challenge, a sense of belonging, or just a great place to work - our focus is helping you reach your full potential. Learn more about working here at or connect with us on FacebookInstagram and Twitter.

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