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Formaggio Kitchen has been an institution in Cambridge, Massachusetts for over 40 years–“a gourmand’s paradise” doubling as a neighborhood grocer. Nationally, we are best known for our cheese selection, which includes many exclusive items imported directly from farms in Europe. Locally, we are equally well known for our kitchen and catering production – all made in house, from scratch and using the best (often local) ingredients. We also stock a wide range of other delicious foodstuffs, including: charcuterie, produce, baked goods, prepared foods, coffee, tea, chocolates, bread, sweets, honey, preserves, wine, beer, olive oil, vinegar and other pantry staples.

We offer a dynamic work environment that both challenges and rewards those who have the necessary skills and passion to make the team. We strive to hire people with a love of food, old-world work ethic, capacity for teamwork and a drive to provide exceptional customer service. Benefits include health insurance, 401K with generous employer matching, paid vacation, an amazing opportunity to learn about food and a great team of coworkers.

Current Openings

Catering/Kitchen Manager

Lead the kitchen team of this new, ever-growing location! This position will manage all of our culinary efforts including our catering team, which produces beautifully arranged and tasty platters full of the products we sell in the shop.

Our kitchen produces a variety of hot and cold foods everyday from our daily sandwich board, to our cold case salads, our soups and our popular take-home dinner options.  The chef in this position will have creative liberty to produce an array of prepared foods, using the high-quality ingredients we sell in our shop. We are looking for someone with both culinary and leadership skills.
Daily tasks will include all aspects of kitchen and catering operations including production, ingredient and supply stock management, customer service and order processing. This position will run the kitchen in line with health, safety and food hygiene regulations; plan and develop menus to increase sales; plan and execute holiday menus; maintain retail product inventory; and cater for special diets and nutritional needs.

The most important requirements for success in this role are:

  • Demonstrated culinary skills with a minimum of 2 years experience in the field
  • Able to effectively manage a team and coordinate with front of house
  • Great problem solving skills and ability to think on their feet
  • Great sense of urgency and organization
  • Capacity to work with a variety of personalities and strengthen the sense of camaraderie and teamwork
  • ServSafe certification is a plus.

Availability for shifts 7am – 4pm.

If you think you have the desire and skills, we’d love to talk with you! Please send us your updated resume and a short cover letter explaining your skills, background and why you think you’d be a good fit.

Cheesemonger

 We are looking for full-time and part-tme experienced cheesemongers to work closely with existing staff to learn the ropes and help us provide delicious cheese and exceptional service to our customers.

A full-time Cheesemonger work schedule requires flexibility to work nights and weekends. Formaggio Kitchen offers a unique work environment with great staff, fantastic customers and an opportunity for challenge and learning every day. Benefits for eligible employees include a staff discount, health insurance contribution, 401K and paid vacation.

Skills and Experience

  • At least one year working in a specialty food retail or wholesale environment
  • Cheesemonger experience preferred
  • History of providing excellent customer service
  • Exceptional work ethic
  • Equally exceptional skills in working people of various backgrounds and opinions
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks efficiently

Additional qualities we are looking for:

  • Natural problem solver
  • Highly organized
  • Exceptional attention to detail
  • Eager to learn and grow professionally
  • Works well under pressure
  • Experience with retail POS systems / computers

We are looking not simply for a qualified person, but someone with the aptitude and energy to contribute to our company going forward. A combination of past achievements and work experience is very important, but equally important is a real desire to continue to learn and improve on your skills and abilities going forward.

Competitive salary and benefits based on experience. If interested, please contact us with a cover letter and resume.

Front of House

We currently have openings for full-time and part-time front of house positions. The front of house team staffs the bread and bakery counters, maintains the appearance of the shop, assists with store operations, and provides our customers with a smooth and pleasant shopping experience. FOH staff are expected to become knowledgeable about store inventory and producers in order to field an array of customer requests. Key characteristics we are seeking include excellent customer service, thoughtful organization, effective communication, great team spirit, and strong work ethic. The ideal candidate is passionate and curious about food and hospitality. Prior experience in a retail or hospitality setting is preferred but not required. In this role, with time and by demonstrating accomplishments and dedication, there is room to grow into a member of our management and buying teams.

Send our hiring team your updated resume and a short cover letter explaining your skills, background and why you think you’d be a good fit.