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Junior Sous Chef


At Disney Cruise Line, you can set sail on the job opportunity of a lifetime! Disney Cruise Line has established itself as a world-renowned leader in hospitality and entertainment, and has been recognized as the top cruise line for families. Our crew members bring the magic to life to deliver exceptional guest service and create family-friendly fun onboard the Disney Magic, Disney Wonder, Disney Dream, Disney Fantasy, and on our private island paradise in the Bahamas – Castaway Cay! With incredible itineraries that visit exciting destinations around the world, crew and Officers can chart the course for an unforgettable adventure with Disney Cruise Line. Ongoing training and development allows our crew to continuously learn and grow personally and professionally, and Disney Cruise Line offers a unique opportunity for those looking to grow, excel and work for one of the most innovative and welcoming companies in the world. Apply today to Embark on Your Career and Navigate Your Future! Responsibilities

  • Ensure every food item leaving the Galley is of the highest quality in flavor and presentation
  • Lead multi-cultural culinary team of 12 – 20 Crew members from commis chefs to CDP’s toward completion of daily work assignment
  • Hand on and responsible for own assigned section within the galley and lead entire galley team in absence of the Chef De Cuisine
  • Execute proper menu preparation for all allergy and special dietary needs; ensure training and preparation are in accordance with strict company guidelines
  • Meet or exceed Disney Cruise Line and Vessel Sanitation Program (VSP) requirements in area of responsibility; prepare and lead culinary team through multiple internal inspections conducted on a weekly basis
  • Execute company recipe guidelines for assigned area of responsibility via recipe booklets, plate presentation and audits
  • Provide feedback on recipe formulation to the Chef de Cuisine and Manager Food Operations
  • Act as liaison between galley crew, CDC and Manager Food Operations
  • Together with the Chef De Cuisine, maintain food quality standards during storage, production and service
  • Assist Chef De Cuisine in meeting food cost budgets and targets as set by the Manager Food operations onboard
  • Understand, monitor and ensure opening and closing procedures for all kitchens and production areas; ensure follow through with Cooks & Stewards
  • Monitor handling and maintenance of operating equipment; proactively report maintenance needs through onboard electronic maintenance request system
  • Facilitate daily menu presentation and food tasting
  • Provide performance feedback of entire team to the Chef De Cuisine

Basic Qualifications

  • Minimum three years formal culinary training which may consist of an accredited school or recognized apprenticeship
  • Minimum three- to four years’ experience of which at least two years working as Chef de Partie (including apprentice ship) experience in a high volume kitchen environment
  • Ability to take ownership and lead culinary team within assigned area of responsibility
  • Demonstrate natural initiative to undertake or continue a task or activity without regular supervision
  • Demonstrated leadership and ability to successfully manage multi-functional and diverse areas
  • Able to work under pressure of tight timeframes, deadlines and dollar goals
  • Must be proficient in all stations in the kitchen
  • Demonstrated proficiency in safe food handling, HACCP / USPH
  • Ability to follow standardized recipes and proficiency in recipe conversion
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Good time management and organizational skills
  • Basic computer knowledge

Additional Information


This is a SHIPBOARD role.

Reports to: Chef de Cuisine
Direct reports: Up to six (6) Chefs de Partie
Level: Petty Officer/Staff
Contract Length: Six (6) Months
Applicants must:

  • Be genuinely interested in a career at sea and willing to live and work onboard a Disney Cruise Line vessel
  • Be committed to the position you are applying for at least 2-3 contracts before a transfer or promotion
  • Be willing to follow and perform safety role, emergency duties and/or associated responsibilities as specified in the ship Assembly Plan
  • Be willing and able to uphold the general safety management responsibilities specified in the Safety Management System in areas and operations under their control
  • Be willing to follow and embrace United States Public Health requirements and guidelines as well as Environmentality requirements and Company practices
  • Be willing to share a cabin with other crew members and appreciative of working and living in a multi-cultural environment
  • Be comfortable living in a confined space with strict rules and regulations
  • Adhere to a structured lifestyle, personally and professionally

Your Responsibilities:

  • Have a valid passport and C1/D Seaman's visa (DCL will provide you with documents to obtain this)
  • Complete a pre-employment medical
  • Obtain a criminal background check
  • Bring approved work shoes

**Disney Cruise Line is a drug-free workplace. All new hires are required to undergo drug/alcohol testing within the first week onboard and throughout their contracts. Failure to pass the drug/alcohol testing will result in immediate termination.

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