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Executive Chef

Bluffton, South Carolina, United States
December 22, 2018

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John Cossens

Sous Chef at palmetto Bluff.

Bluffton, SC 29910 - 912-***-**** To obtain a challenging, Executive Chef or Chef de Cuisine position with an organization where I can utilize my 16 years of culinary experience to teach others and grow as a leader. CULINARY: Employing excellent work ethic and utilizing my hands-on skills all while creating a team work environment which will revolve around changing culinary trends, menu development, guest service, sanitation, and consistency. CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:

• Designed and catered private dinner functions for a number of high profile guests such as the King of Yemen, Robin Williams, Tom Cruise, Chris O'Donnell, and many others. These events included cocktail hours with hand passed hors d'oeuvres, food and wine pairings, and multi-course dinners.

• Cultural Bahamian experience as an intern while cooking at Musha Cay Resort located in the Exuma Islands, Bahamas.

• Prepping and preparing food for large fundraising events such as Relay for Life. RELEVANT PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Willing to relocate: Anywhere Authorized to work in the US for any employer


Sous Chef Palmetto Bluff - Bluffton, December 2017 - September 2018 Executive Sous Chef Long Cove Club - Hilton Head, SC - April 2016 to December 2017 Club Sous Chef Collenton River Plantation Club - Bluffton, SC - November 2013 to April 2016 Oversee day to day operations for two Platinum Club houses * Create new seasonal dining menus weekly for members, including daily specials * Manage food inventory monthly * Implement standards and procedures to maintain quality assurance * Scheduling back of the house employees * Involved in the overall success of the 2015 U.S. Junior Amateur, USGA Sous Chef Mansion on Forsyth Park - Savannah, GA - May 2012 to November 2013 Assist with all food aspects of the restaurant, in-room dining, concierge suite, and two lounges of this AAA/ Four Star hotel • Scheduling back of house employees to ensure adequate staffing

• Create, implement, and train entire staff with new menus • Coordinate private dinner and tasting events with front of house managers • Manage food inventory and ordering to ensure accurate quantities based on menu and special events • Create and educate staff on sanitation/FIFO procedures to maintain quality assurance • Perform 90 day and yearly evaluations for over 15 staff members

Executive Chef Ocean Forest Golf Club - Sea Island, GA - January 2007 to February 2012 Manage all day to day operations for the private country club • Creating, upgrading, and modernizing all service menus • Hiring and training 10 back of house staff members • Collaborate with other managers and staff to execute Jones Cup golf tournament • Direct and lead catering/weddings up to 500 people • Introducing and presenting weekly menus to private members • Manage food inventory and ordering • Create standards and procedures to maintain quality assurance

Sous Chef • Oversee daily dining options for the private club • Prepping and preparing over 150 meals daily • Coordinating and leading staff meetings for our team of 10 members • Create and improve kitchen sanitation and organization • Work with Chef to improve food costs and ordering par levels

Cook 1 The Lodge at Sea Island - Saint Simons Island, GA - July 2003 to January 2007 Assist with food aspects of the restaurant of this Five Star/Five Diamond resort • Involved with overall success of large events such as the 2004 G-8 Summit and U.B.S Golf Championship • Preparing food in all stations such as Garde manger, Sauté, and Grill EDUCATION

Associates in Culinary Arts and Science Johnson & Wales University 2000 to 2002 SKILLS

Knife skills (10+ years), Emulsify (10+ years), Temperature (10+ years), Saute (10+ years), Sear

(10+ years), Baking (10+ years), Stocks & Sauces (10+ years), Creative menu writing (8 years), Butchering (10+ years), Braising (10+ years), Excel, Word, Documents, Share (10+ years), Canning (1 year), Canning (2 years)



Servsafe Certified 2002-2016

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