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Chef de Cuisine: RE Farm Café, State College, PA Position opening

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Position opening: September 2016 or by circumstance, sooner.

“…..no dish can be better than its ingredients and that the best ingredients are usually local. Freshness is ephemeral and geography expresses itself in the taste of food, sometimes subtly and sometimes profoundly.” Jerry Traunfeld, Poppy and Herbfarm

We are creating a “world class” working farm restaurant with that same philosophy to celebrate small farm heritage and strengthen community connections in our local food system. Already proprietors of a fine-dining restaurant with a 30 year success story, Monica and Duke Gastiger have partnered with a long-time friend and farm owner and an extraordinary planning and construction team to create an “intersection of food and green”. Currently under construction, the 58-seat seasonal RE Farm Café is the focal point of a 35 acre agricultural restorative project just 15 minutes from downtown State College and Penn State University in central Pennsylvania’s beautiful Nittany Valley. With 8000 fruit trees, a cidery, 7 greenhouses, 20 acres of field crops, planned herds of meat animals the project will be a study in integrative agriculture for traditional farm diversity. Already registered as a Living Building Challenge project, design and programming leads us beyond sustainability, with building imperatives that include net zero energy and water. Our cooks will work in the organic greenhouses and fields for a more complete understanding of the farm-to-plate relationship, “perform” in an open theater kitchen and also be service guides for our patrons throughout the evening meal. RE Farm Café will also serve as a “sustainability lab” for all age learners with cooking classes and interpretive and tours of the farm, forest and infrastructure.

2016 Floor Plan
RE Farm Cafe Silo Rendering

To be successful, our “frontier” chef must have an absolute commitment to a small team work ethic, be genuinely warm and hospitable, have an energetic and deep interest in local, organic and well-crafted foods for a healthier community, have sincere respect for ingredients from start to finish, and be able to provide consistent excellence and “unexpected” creativity in service and product.
To be considered our chef must have:

  • A culinary degree from an accredited school.
  • 7 years experience in full-service restaurants.
  • 3 years supervision experience as Chef or Sous Chef.
  • Technical expertise and communication skills to be both teacher and practitioner.
  • Understanding of local food systems and sustainable food practices including all-induction cooking, preserving and composting.
  • Community leadership skills.
  •  NO fear of getting one’s hands dirty.

To be secure and fulfilled our chef will have:

  • A salary commensurate with work experience and skill level.
  • Group medical and retirement plans.
  • An opportunity to be at the helm of an exciting experiment in small farm income diversity and an industry leading restaurant building and operation.
  • A work environment that is satisfying and rich in personal and professional information exchanges with workers, peers and the community.

To be an applicant for our chef the requirements are:

  • A one page statement of your belief system in sustainability, local food systems and the “farm-to-fork” movement.
  • A one paragraph bio briefly entailing level of formal education and work experience.
  • A one line quote that you penned explaining your penchant for pleasing people.

Forward Questions and/or apply in strictest confidence by snail mail only to:
Duke and Monica Gastiger
600 West Foster Ave.
State College, PA 16801