Sous Chef

Location: Marina Del Rey
Department: Food & Beverage
Employment duration: Full Time


Sous Chef

Do you share Hornblower's passion for providing amazing experiences? If you’re an enthusiastic team player who thrives in an environment where communication, creativity and cooperation are encouraged, this may just be the opportunity for you. As we say at Hornblower, why work when you can cruise?

Hornblower Cruises and Events is currently seeking a Sous Chef for our Marina del Rey port. This position reports to the Executive Chef.  The Sous Chef is responsible for maximizing crew productivity and minimizing costs and wages.  You will work closely with the Executive Chef in coordinating and executing scheduled Menu Changes and establishing presentation, technique and quality standards throughout the year.

Events consist of primarily banquets with a wide range of menus from festive casual to California classic. Successful candidates will have attention to detail in a fast paced environment.  

Applicants are subject to background check and pre-employment/random drug testing per USCG regulations.

 Position specific responsibilities:

  • Ordering of product ensuring quality and competitive pricing.

  • Hiring, disciplining, scheduling and management of team of 10-15 Cooks.

  • Maintain Health Standards and ensure operation remains in full compliance with Health Department and other relevant regulatory agencies.

  • Assist Executive Chef in creating, costing and maintaining menus as needed.

  • Attend weekly catering meetings and work with Sales team to ensure success of events.

  • Work on board 3-4 events per week depending on business.

  • Work closely with Front of House team.

  • Assist Executive Chef in Newport Beach or Long Beach on occasion.


Desired background:

  • At least 5 years kitchen experience which includes prep work, line cooking and knowledge of health and sanitation codes

  • California Food handler’s card required within 30 days of employment

  • Valid Driver license

  • 21+ years old

  • Previous Kitchen Management experience a plus but not required.  Attitude and skill level much more important

  • Team first attitude

  • Ability to move about a boat or other limited space and to travel up and down stairs and do light to moderate lifting up to 50 pounds

  • Ability to operate a computer, including but not limited to Microsoft Office including Word and Excel



Hornblower Cruises & Events has been the leading yacht and public dining cruise company in the United States for more than 32 years. The San Francisco-based organization operates more than 60 vessels in northern California (San Francisco, Berkeley and Sacramento) and southern California (San Diego, Newport Beach, Long Beach and Marina del Rey), and the company also launched Hornblower New York in 2012. In addition, Hornblower operates two ferry service concessions for the National Park Service: Alcatraz Cruises provides transportation to Alcatraz Island, and Statue Cruises provides transportation to the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island. In 2014, the company opened boat tour service in the Niagara Falls Gorge in Niagara Falls, Canada. Hornblower treats guests to a broad range of dining, entertainment and sightseeing cruises aboard U.S. Coast Guard and Transport Canada certified yachts.

Hornblower Cruises & Events is an Equal Opportunity Employer: Minorities/Women/Veterans/Disabled

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, or protected veteran status and will not be discriminated against on the basis of disability.

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