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Executive Chef 

About the Organization Created in 1978 by Baron Philippe de Rothschild and Robert Mondavi, Opus One remains committed to realizing our founders' dream of bringing to life one unique wine that expresses the seamlessly blended personality and character of each family. With a great sense of pride in our work to realize this dream, the people of Opus One bring profound dedication and unsurpassed attention to detail in our daily work. We care deeply for the quality of our relationships within the winery, with our trade partners and with our customers.  


The Executive Chef manages the entire culinary program at Opus One in a manner that reflects the spirit and uncompromising hospitality of our Founders. Using a broad range of communication, financial and leadership skills, the Executive Chef prepares all culinary elements for daily guest visits, private experiences, business lunches, company dinners, and special events. The Executive Chef manages all kitchen staff, including training, mentoring, and continuing education. The Executive Chef has P&L responsibility for all related costs and achievement of the financial goals for the Guest Relations department.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following.

  • Leads the creation of unique, elegant, and seasonally appropriate menus for everything from small bite pairings to multi-course pairings, VIP receptions, and business lunches and dinners - all seasonally paired to showcase the different vintages of Opus One.
  • Proactively manages staff while providing training, creating opportunities for enhancing creativity, learning, personal development and fostering a positive work culture. Maintains proper staffing levels and scheduling of culinary team to meet the demand of our events calendar.
  • Responsible for P&L management and budgeting around the culinary program and helps build operating budgets for the annual plan; provides detailed analysis to VP of National Sales & Guest Relations to manage expenses.
  • Manages all kitchen operations including ordering provisions, managing inventories, maintaining proper hygiene protocols, and implementing all required safety procedures.
  • Works with Private Events Curator to ensure the highest level of service coordination for all events, and food service.
  • Supports Private Events Curator and Guest Experience Manager in leading and participating in ongoing service education through front and back of the house training programs, including sourcing of ingredients, how they impact the dish, elements of food preparation and inspiration for recipes, etc.
  • Continuously investigate new culinary practices and explore new ideas to keep menus fresh and inspiring.
  • Responsible for compliance with Opus One's environmental sustainability policies and practices including scheduled maintenance of culinary garden.
  • Liaise with the Guest Experience Manager and Director of Hospitality to keep open lines of communication regarding guest feedback, quality control and service standards.

Additional Functions:

  • Speak knowledgeably about Opus One representatives, distributors, retailers, and vintages. Ability to present the Opus One story to groups.
  • Conduct tours of the kitchen, garden, or cellars as necessary and appropriate.


  • Seven - Ten (10) years' + years of culinary experience with five (5) years' experience working at a luxury winery or wine-related business within a leadership role
  • Proven leadership skills with ability to inspire and motivate a team
  • Experience with significant P&L responsibility
  • Superior planning skills with a strong attention to accuracy and detail
  • Understanding of the 3-star Michelin experience with sensitivity to the guests' expectations
  • Familiarity with all food safety procedures
  • Experience dealing with changing priorities and last-minute scheduling changes or additions while maintaining a positive attitude and demeanor
  • Exceptionally creative culinary skills and technique balanced by the need to have restraint and respect for the wines of Opus One
  • Flexibility to work as needed, evenings, weekends and holidays, as well as flexibility in scheduling to ensure business needs are met
  • Must be at least 21 years of age


  • Experience in Michelin-starred restaurant preferred
  • Experience with local food safety requirements preferred

Physical ability to perform tasks that may require prolonged standing, sitting, lifting, and other activities necessary to perform essential job functions, with or without reasonable accommodation.

We invite all interested candidates to apply, even if you are unsure about whether you meet all the listed qualifications. Opus One Winery is looking for motivated, passionate, curious individuals who believe in our Core Values and Mission.


  • Integrity & Trust - Personally models behaviors that underscore the importance of honesty, truth, respect, and fairness in interpersonal relations; creates a supportive work environment.
  • Accountability and Personal Responsibility - Believes in own capabilities and assumes responsibilities to effect positive outcomes and success.
  • Analytical/Critical Thinking - Applies logic to solve problems and get the job done; Ability to look outside the box and develop new strategies.
  • Adapting to Change- Ability to adapt to changes while keeping focus on goals and apply knowledge to new circumstances; identify, anticipate, and manage adverse situations by gaining support and enthusiasm for change.
  • Fostering Culture - Reflects the Opus One core values in daily interactions and in rewarding and recognizing employees.
  • Leadership - A style that is hands-on, collaborative, self-aware, decisive and motivating; Gives team members confidence and freedom to complete tasks and responsibilities.
  • Growth and Potential - Displays an on-going commitment to learning and self-improvement, with particular emphasis on areas of development.
  • Priority Setting, Time Management- Spends time and prioritizes activities based on what's most important, factoring in corporate, departmental, and individual objectives.
  • Workplace Safety - Follows all company policies and procedures to provide a safe and healthy work environment at all times.


  • Competitive benefits package including 95% employer paid Medical, with 100% employer paid Dental/ Vision/ basic life coverage/ STD/ LTD for both employees and dependents
  • 401(k) retirement plan with a 7% employer-only contribution, based on employee annual earnings
  • Work life balance
  • Wellness reimbursement
  • Tuition reimbursement opportunities
  • Up to 40 hours of volunteer time
  • PTO; Holiday Pay
  • A supportive and collaborative work environment


Accident prevention is of utmost importance in all phases of job responsibilities.

  • Follow all company policies and procedures including job safety, safety rules and regulations.
  • Assist management to provide safe and healthy working conditions at all times.
  • Immediately report all unsafe conditions, work-related accidents, and illnesses to Safety Manager and your supervisor.


SUSTAINABILITY: Opus One Winery is committed to doing its part to ensure a sustainable future and improve the environmental well-being of our community. We will continue to ensure minimal impact by continually evaluating our environmental performance and working to improve our program whenever necessary with integrity and purity of focus.

COMPENSATION: Base Compensation Range: $91,000- $123,000 USD annually*

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Opus One Winery is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate and welcome diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment.

* The base compensation range is base salary only. In addition to base compensation, all roles are eligible for individual performance bonus and company bonus that range from role to role. Some roles may also be eligible for overtime pay. Individual compensation packages are based on factors unique to each candidate, such as skills, experience, qualifications, and tenure with Opus One.

We understand that benefits are also an important piece of your total compensation package. To learn more about our total compensation package, benefits and perks Opus One Winery has to offer, please visit our careers page.

Position Requirements  
EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Exempt  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  

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