El Encanto, A Belmond Hotel, has been meticulously restored to capture all the romance and glamour that endeared it to both the local Santa Barbara community and visitors alike. Ninety-two quintessential, California-styled suites and bungalows dot the lush, terraced grounds featuring seven-acres of gloriously landscaped gardens with sweeping views of Santa Barbara and the Pacific Ocean. Original architectural features have been lovingly restored, including the historic, trellis-lined Arbor and Lily Pond. Modern additions to the expansive outdoor zero-edge pool and a new beautifully appointed boutique spa enhance the journey for today’s luxury-seeking guest.

We are seeking a talented Pastry Chef to be the leader of the pastry department, work in coordination with the Sous Chefs and Executive Chef and present leadership, drive, and vision for the department. Advanced knowledge of hands-on baking and pastry production. Prepares, bakes and garnishes various pastries desserts and confections for the Restaurant, Banquet or IRD use. Responsible for creation and execution of plated desserts, amenities, banquets, confections and show pieces with attention to cleanliness and sanitation, consistent quality standards and taste, timeliness and cost effectiveness. Will ensure that the food quality, portioning and presentation reflect on our promise for serving the best quality desserts, in a 5 star 5 diamond resort environment. This position will assist with training and skill set development for the entry-level pastry team.


This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee occupying this position. Employees will be required to perform any other job-related duties assigned by their supervisor.

  • Works as part of the pastry team and supervises quality control and the proper and effective operation of the pastry kitchen and the pastry dessert line.
  • Prepares food items according to El Encanto standard recipes and/or as specified on guest check.
  • Complete projects on time with the appropriate amount of food and supplies for the projected business.
  • Remain knowledgeable of proper taste and presentation of all menu items, in all departments.
  • Ensure food production is to the highest standards.
  • Promote and enforce standards of excellence and professionalism at all times.
  • Ensure consistency of product.
  • Takes initiative to solve any guest concerns and finds solutions for any situations.
  • Assist in controlling food cost, preventing theft and monitoring waste.
  • Opening and Closing station including proper cleaning procedures.
  • Safely and properly clean and use equipment including personal knives and specialty equipment.
  • Advocate work practices that promote accident prevention.
  • Recognize maintenance requirements and deficiencies of kitchen equipment.
  • Maintain cleanliness of bakeshop, kitchen and equipment.
  • Maintain inventory items, assist in receiving items and taking inventory.
  • Ensure all foods are stored properly: wrapped, labeled, and dated with expiration dates.
  • Monitor, ensure, and promote practices that comply with state, local, Food Safety, MSDS, OSHA and Health Department regulations.
  • Assists Pastry Chef with preparation of daily production, dessert and amenity creation, wedding cakes, and show pieces.
  • Assist the Pastry Chef in all aspects of training to include: cooking skills, safety procedures, sanitation, food production and HCC standards.


  • Proper management delegation and training of pastry kitchen including but not limited to; wedding cakes, high tea, amenities, plated or banquet desserts, chocolate confections, and show pieces.
  • Effective management for inventory control and purchasing.


  • Minimum of five years culinary experience in specified area or training equivalent.
  • Demonstrates a positive attitude and leads by example.
  • Prioritizing, working under pressure and meeting deadlines.
  • Knowledge of Health Department regulations and state, local, Food Safety, MSDS and OSHA
  • Knowledge of current pastry trends and the knowledge to match that to the cuisine of the El Encanto.
  • Effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to customers, clients, and other employees of the organization
  • Solving problems involving a few concrete variables in standardized situations
  • Strong team-minded approach and effective management of coworkers including but not limited to: food quality, work ethic, and professionalism
  • Knowledge of Health Department regulations and state, local, Food Safety, MSDS and OSHA
  • Knowledge of American Cuisine and fresh fair as they relate to and are the inspiration for our HCC food concepts.
  • Conduct market/benchmark surveys
  • Ensure that cost control policies are followed
  • Advanced knowledge of pastry production
    • Follow daily production prep lists
    • Develop, and implement recipes for varying yields and uses.
    • Accurately measure, combine and mix by hand or electric mixer, batters, doughs, icings, and dessert sauces.
    • Knead, cut, and form various doughs.
    • Properly mix and freeze fresh ice creams and sorbet
    • Properly leaven, garnish, bake and cool breads and quickbreads
    • Properly assemble, bake, cool and garnish pies, cakes, cookies, pastries, and confections.
    • Properly Identify Plan and Execute Banquet Production for Plated Desserts and Dessert Buffets; with emphasis on creating the proper number of items to minimize waste, avoid shortages and creation of a high end finished product.
    • Responsible for all inventory and supplies needs, par level and ordering
    • Exceptional tempering of chocolate and the creation of other high end confections; including but not limited to truffles, toffee, rochers, french macaroons, and chocolate decorations.
    • Creation of amenities, with a focus on attention to detail; including the ability to incorporate essential details about guests and/or companies to be seamlessly integrated into VIP amenities.
    • Outstanding execution of Pate a Choux – with a near perfect attention to product consistency.
    • Prepare and execute advanced wedding cakes, finished in either buttercream or fondant, with advanced technique while total execution is done with food cost and employee labor kept in control.
    • Creation and implementation of restaurant desserts that utilize seasonal ingredients, while matching the cuisine of the restaurant.
    • Effectively manage pastry employees, and effectively communicate with all other departments to exceed employee and guest expectations.
    • Perfectly handle and execute desserts while under high levels of business – and the ability to effectively communicate to the Executive Chef and other managers while busy.
    • Creation of Chocolate Sculptures for weekly use on Sunday Brunch and Holiday Buffets and other events – with a focus on elegance, and the use of multiple advanced chocolate technique.
    • The ability to create specialized requests on short notice for guests; including but not limited to birthday cakes, personalized amenities, dietary restricted desserts. (IG, Vegan, Gluten Free, and/or Nut Free)
  • Prioritize, work under pressure and meet deadlines.
  • Apply common sense understanding to carryout detailed but uninvolved written or oral instructions
  • Focus on attention to details while performing repetitive tasks.
  • Must be able to handle multiple tasks with the ability to prioritize work assignments.
  • Enthusiasm for working in a team oriented, fast paced environment that fosters creativity.
  • Produce food according to the ticket in a timely manner and in accordance with specifications
  • Responsible for staff briefing and training
  • Weekly schedule
  • Track record demonstrates consistency in quality and quantity of desserts prepared.
  • Ability to analyze and solve problems.
  • Knowledge of proper food handling, sanitation regulations and preparation procedures.
  • Knowledge of proper food handling, sanitation regulations and preparation procedures.
  • Outstanding knife skills and use of following equipment: Hobart Mixers(2Qt 16QT, 40Qt) Combi Oven, Deck Oven, Convection Ovens, Ice Cream Machine, Can Opener, Burners, Proofer, Scales, Food Processors, Blenders, Rational oven
  • Prepare food according to standardized recipes and El Encanto kitchen standards.
  • Excellent guest service skills and attitude.


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited school, with specialization in baking and pastry, and hospitality management.
  • Previous experience in the capacity of lead or supervisor.
  • 3 or more years at a five star hotel/resort and or combination with upscale restaurant experience.


In accordance with applicable law, El Encanto requires all new hires to be vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine. If hired, you will be required to provide proof that you have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine or both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines prior to your first day of employment and are able to begin work and perform the essential functions of your job as of your first date of employment. Proof of vaccination may consist of (1) a vaccine card, (2) a picture of the vaccine card, or (3) other document from a healthcare provider indicating vaccination status.

Reasonable accommodations may be considered on a case by case basis.


El Encanto offers a full array of benefits, including medical, dental and vision coverage. In addition, the company pays for basic life and AD&D as well as short term disability. Team members can choose additional coverage to include voluntary life/AD&D, spouse life/AD&D, dependent life, critical care, hospital indemnity, accident and flexible spending.

The Company offers paid time off, sick pay, a 401(k) program with Company matching, and an employee assistance program. Team members enjoy free cafeteria meals and discounts on food and beverage, spa treatments, and retail boutique items.

The Discovering Belmond program offers complimentary accommodation for team members while on leisure travel outside their region at any Belmond hotel and resort. It also offers food and beverage at a discounted rate. In addition to the complimentary offerings, discounted rates are available for safaris, trains and cruises.

Job Status: Full-Time

Shift: Day,Evening