Cafe Chef
Tonglen Lake Lodge

Tonglen Lake

Seasonal Fill In Chef Position at our unique Denali Lodge!

Tonglen Lake feels like a remote, fly-in Lodge but is easy to access by car!


Cafe Chef

Tonglen Lake Lodge
McKinley Park, Alaska
$25.00 - $35.00 / hour + tips
Previous experience required
Start Date:
Starts immediately!

We are shifting from a B&B style Lodge to a FULL-SERVICE Lodge and looking for a Fill In Chef to join our team to assist our other Chef in the kitchen to ensure our guests are provided a high-quality culinary experience.  The Fill In Chef will also cover for the Chef's off days.  The Summer season runs May 27-Sept 13, with a week of training/shut down on either end of that.

Duties will include:

  • Menu planning for both morning bakery & café, and evening Dinner Service (All meals are included in the cost of accommodations for up to 50 lodge guests daily);
  • Assists Chef with Recipe development;
  • Assists with Costing and pricing of all menu items;
  • Assists with ordering supplies, receiving orders and maintaining proper storage;
  • Assists with planning and execution of food and beverages for a variety of special events, including catered dinners, workshops, weddings, retreats, wine tastings, etc.;
  • Maintaining accurate inventory, with an eye toward a minimal over-wintering supply and cross-utilization of ingredients;
  • Working closely with the Chef and Manager to balance needs of lodge guests, café ambiance, and the business side of the café;
  • Maintaining the agreed-upon standard for café fare, cleanliness, and procedures; Improving efficiency in the flow of prep and kitchen set up.


  • Commercial kitchen experience a must;
  • At least 3 years experience;
  • ServSafe Certificate;
  • TAP Alcohol Server Certificate;
  • Ability to lead a team and keep a positive atmosphere in kitchen and café;
  • Ability to effectively teach others;
  • A positive attitude and an interest in contributing talents and energy toward the efforts at Tonglen Lake;
  • Ability to be flexible and communicative;
  • Interest in being part of a small, close-knit team of seasonal employees is a must;
  • Willingness to work flexible hours to support both AM and PM service in café, and events.

Desired Skills and Experience:

Our ideal candidate has a variety of experience in food & beverage, management, ordering and logistics, and familiarity with the operation of a seasonal business.  They also possess an interest in taking a relatively new café to another level in terms of production, efficiency, profitability, and creativity, within the confines of the seasonality, remote location, etc.  


All staff are provided housing on-site and shift meals as part of their compensation.

How to Apply

Please email our General Manager with a letter of interest and your resume, highlighting applicable experience.

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