Head Crew Cook

negotiable Expires in 9 months


Reports To: Sous Chef

Direct Reports: Second Crew Cook

Position Summary

The major goal of the position is to be in charge of the crew galley and the preparation of the crew food menu as per company provided recipes, ensuring quality, presentation and consistency.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities


  • Supervise the crew galley and a team of crew cooks.
  • Responsible for the requisition, transportation and proper storage of the necessary items from the store room to the crew galley.
  • Responsible for the food cost of the crew galley, ensuring that it falls within the ship’s budget.
  • Ensure that the entire menu is available during the entire opening hours of the crew mess.
  • Communicate daily with the Executive Chef and/or Sous-Chef to forecast production, and make menu changes or additions.
  • Inform Executive Chef and/or Sous Chef of any problems or daily requirements.
  • Possess complete knowledge of Shipsan, the European sanitation program and United States Public Health Rules and Regulations to ensure they are followed on a daily basis.
  • Ensure the cleaning of the breakfast area and all equipment per the Executive Chef’s schedule, exercising proper methods to minimize equipment damages.
  • Maintain clean work area in the event of any announced or unannounced Shipsan/United States Public Health type inspection.
  • Ensure that subordinates report to work on time, and that personal appearance, uniform and personal hygiene are in accordance with the company’s rules and regulations.
  • Be on standby in the galley periodically when the ship is subject to a Shipsan/ USPH inspection.

Training & Development

  • Attend all meetings, training activities or classes related to assigned position as required.

Safety Responsibilities

  • Maintain a safe and sanitary environment for all guests and crew members.
  • Follow proper procedures and instructions at all times to prevent damage of any kind to ship or company property.
  • Know and comply with Shipsan, the European sanitation program, and United States Public Health Rules and Regulations pertaining to assigned working area.
  • Participate in safety drills as required.
  • Comply with Marella Cruises’ Safety and Pollution Prevention Program
  • Comply with Marella Cruises’ Operating Procedures Resources.

Other Duties and Responsibilities

  • As assigned


Knowledge, experience, skill, and/or ability


  • Fluent in written and spoken English,
  • Must be able to communicate effectively with the senior management.
  • Ability to lead and make decisions.
  • Good administrative skills.
  • Experienced in coaching subordinates.
  • Must be cost and quality conscious.
  • Must adhere to specific scheduled work hours, yet be flexible if circumstances require it.
  • Work with international team members.
  • Perform assigned duties under pressure (time constraints).


  • Fluency in additional languages

Required computer skills

  • Knowledge of Microsoft programs to include but not limited to, Outlook, Word, Excel, and Power Point
  • FBS/ICS Apollo Inventory system


  • High School education or better.
  • Minimum of two years in the profession in quality hotels, restaurants or cruise ship environment.
  • Equivalent combination of education and experience.

Other Skills:

  • Ability to prioritize tasks and work independently.
  • Strong organizational, interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to interact with senior-level management and owner representatives.

Math Ability:

  • Able to add, subtract, multiply and divide in all units of measure using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals.

Reasoning Ability:

  • Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form.
  • Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.

Work Environment & Physical Demands:

  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions for this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • While performing the duties of this job the employee is regularly required to: Stand; Use hands to finger, handle, or feel; Reach with hands and arms; Talk or hear and smell.
  • The employee must be able to lift or move up to 55 pounds (25 kilograms) without assistance.

Vision Requirements:

  • Ability to adjust focus, depth perception, peripheral vision, distance vision and close vision and to be able to otherwise perform the essential functions of the job in a manner that does not present danger to the employee or others with or without a reasonable accommodation.