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Executive Chef (Senior Living)

Thomas Cuisine
Arlington Heights, Illinois, United States
$58,000 - $60,000 USD yearly

Executive Chef-Senior Living 

Who we are 

Founded in 1986, Thomas Cuisine is an award-winning, privately held contract food service company. We advocate the healing power of whole foods and believe in preparing scratch-made cuisine fresh each day. Every Thomas Cuisine team member is an ambassador, carrying out our mission, reflecting our values, and building relationships while "doing the right thing".  

Your Impact 

An Executive Chef in Senior Living plays a crucial role in enhancing the dining experience. We are passionate about making a positive difference in the lives of seniors and promoting healthy food choices. Serving the meals in a responsible, efficient, and courteous manner gives our residents an enhancement of wellbeing and contributes to an environment, where our residents receive a fulfilling and nourishing meal, delivered with customer service that puts our Vision into Action by “Providing Real Food and Genuine Service while building Enduring Relationships. 


  • Comprehensive medical, dental, and vision benefits with several plan options to choose from, provided by Blue Cross. HSA and FSA Plans available. 
  • Generous Accrued Paid Time Off and Leave Programs, such as Family Care Leave and Bereavement Leave 
  • 401K Retirement Plan-with company match 
  • On Demand Pay 
  • Voluntary Short-Term Disability 
  • Holiday Pay  
  • Life Insurance 
  • Employee Referral Bonus Program 
  • Employee Referral Bonus Program 
  • Employee Meal 
  • Discount Purchase Plans, Legal Services and Wellness initiatives and other benefits via our Employee Assistance Program 


Location: Bloomington, IL 

Annual Salary: $58,000 to $60,000 


What you will do 

We are seeking a talented and dynamic Executive Chef to lead culinary operations in a senior living community environment, specializing in scratch cooking and special medical diets. This role demands a creative culinary professional with exceptional leadership skills, committed to delivering creative and healthy food to our customers. Strong culinary skills. This is a great opportunity to lead a small but mighty team of culinarians and support staff!  

You will… 

  • Curate and design diverse, innovative menus centered around scratch-cooked, high-quality ingredients. 
  • Integrate nutritional elements and cater to diverse dietary preferences. 
  • Lead and inspire a culinary team to deliver excellence in food preparation, presentation, and taste. 
  • Foster a positive and collaborative kitchen culture. 
  • Oversee day-to-day kitchen operations, ensuring efficiency, cleanliness, and adherence to health and safety standards. 
  • Streamline processes to enhance overall operational performance. 
  • Establish and maintain strong relationships with vendors to ensure a consistent supply of fresh, sustainable, and locally sourced ingredients. 
  • Negotiate favorable terms to optimize cost efficiency. 
  • Interact with customers to understand their preferences and feedback. 
  • Implement customer-centric strategies to enhance the overall dining experience. 
  • Develop and implement training programs to enhance the skills and knowledge of the culinary team. 
  • Stay informed about industry trends and share insights with the team. 
  • Collaborate with financial teams to create and manage budgets for the culinary department. 
  • Exercise strong financial stewardship in all culinary operations. 

What you will need 

  • Proven experience as a Chef Manager, senior living experience a plus 
  • Culinary degree or equivalent certification. 
  • Minimum of three (3) to five (5) years of progressive culinary/kitchen management experience. 
  • Strong commitment to scratch cooking and using fresh, quality ingredients. 
  • Excellent leadership and interpersonal skills. 
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced and dynamic environment. 
  • Creative flair and a passion for culinary innovation. 

If you are a culinary maestro passionate about scratch cooking and creating exceptional dining experiences in a retail setting, we invite you to bring your expertise to our team. Join us in providing our customers with a culinary journey that celebrates the art of fresh, flavorful, and innovative cuisine! 

Our commitment to you 

At Thomas Cuisine, we are dedicated to fostering a workplace that is diverse, equitable, inclusive, and where every individual feels a sense of belonging. We know that this commitment is an ongoing journey, and we will strive to improve and adapt as we grow. Our DEIB commitment is not just a statement but a living part of our company culture. 

 REAL Food | Genuine Service | Enduring Relationships