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Kitchen Manager

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Established in May 2012, KINTON RAMEN was one of Toronto’s first Japanese ramen restaurants. Led by Executive Chef Aki Urata and his team of professional ramen chefs, KINTON RAMEN strives to offer guests an extraordinary dining experience every time.

Using the freshest ingredients to make the best quality noodles and broths, KINTON RAMEN invites customers to taste their exceptional ramen bowls right down to the last drop.

We are currently looking for a Kitchen Manager!


Toronto, ON M5T 1L1


$20.00/hour + tips (if applicable)


  • Assists in the day-to-day leadership and management of the restaurant as directed by the General Manager (GM)
  • Accountable for key financials and KPIs in partnership with the management team
  • Control labor and operating expenses through effective planning, budgeting, purchasing decisions, and inventory control while focusing on creative cost control
  • Develops the ability to observe, assess, and score the restaurant based on the pre-set brand standards audit while effectively managing kitchen operations
  • Supports the GM in all aspects of operating a “Kinka Excellence Restaurant” to the Brand standards, creating a perfect guest experience every time
  • Exhibits culinary talents by performing day-to-day tasks, and producing key menu items, while leading the staff and managing all food-related functions
  • Evaluate the quality of food products, prep items, and final menu items being served to guests
  • Identify root causes of restaurant opportunities and develop action plans with GM
  • Conduct line checks, and food, and recipe reviews; ensure that clear feedback is provided to the entire team
  • Be hands-on in executing various front-line role responsibilities in the effort of a smooth guest experience when necessary
  • Recruit, train, coach, and develop staff to deliver a positive and performance-motivated employee culture
  • Coach supervisors & employees the moment to educate and inspire a change in behavior
  • Develop BOH standard operating procedures as required for a successful operation
  • Actively monitor kitchen operations and cleanliness
  • Follow and monitor proper ordering, inventory, and receiving procedures
  • Ensure proper all health, food safety, and hygiene standards and policies are followed by team members
  • Other duties as assigned



  • Minimum 2 years of culinary leadership experience as a Culinary Cook or Kitchen Manager
  • Experience in a high-volume restaurant setting
  • Japanese culinary experience is an asset
  • Post-Secondary Education or equivalent proven and related work experience
  • Knowledge of the current restaurant industry and food trends
  • Food Safety and Responsible Alcohol Service certifications as required

Skills & Qualifications

  • Strong communication skills in English; Japanese is considered an asset
  • Strong leadership skills with an entrepreneurial spirit
  • The driver of sales, profitability, and operational efficiency
  • Proven history of hiring, coaching, and training
  • Proven history of successfully motivating and managing people
  • Positive attitude and willingness to always push to be better
  • Effective conflict management skills
  • High level of attention to detail
  • Sponsorship to foreign workers who qualify for the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) will be considered.


Aside from working at the best Japanese Ramen spot in Canada, you can participate in our:

  • Extended Benefits – Medical, Vision, and Dental (Applicable after successful completion of the probationary period)
  • Staff discounts across all Kinka Family group restaurants globally (KINKA IZAKAYA, KINTON RAMEN, JaBistro, NEO COFFEE BAR, KINKA SUSHI BAR IZAKAYA)
  • Staff meals
  • Referral Program
  • Flexible shift schedules are available


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

This position requires standing for up to 8 hours per shift, walking, bending, kneeling, stooping, and climbing all day in extreme temperatures (hot & cold).

Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

This position also requires lifting up to 40 lbs from floor to waist, waist to shoulder, and shoulder to above head. This position also required twisting, turning, and reaching.


Founded in 2009, KINKA FAMILY was born from our passion to revolutionize Japanese hospitality experiences and bring original and flavourful Japanese food to the world.

Today, we’re recognized as Canada’s largest Japanese restaurant brand, operating a diverse portfolio of restaurants and cafés around the world.

We have several brands under our umbrella and each brand is unique in its concept to bring guests on a unique culinary journey unlike any other.

As we look ahead, our standards for excellence in our food and service continue to be our guiding vision so that we can give our guests the best Japanese food experience.

Diversity & Inclusion

KINKA FAMILY invites applications from all qualified individuals. We are committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace, and welcome applicants from diverse backgrounds.


Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process. If you require accommodation for interviews or other meetings, please feel welcome to note your needs in your application.


Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

Salary: From $20.00 per hour


  • Dental care
  • Discounted or free food
  • Extended health care
  • Flexible schedule
  • Paid time off
  • Store discount
  • Vision care


  • Day shift
  • Evening shift
  • Holidays
  • Night shift
  • Weekend availability

Supplemental pay types:

  • Tips


  • Culinary: 2 years (required)
  • Restaurant management: 2 years (required)


  • Smart Serve (required)
  • Food Safe, SafeCheck, Food Handler, or equivalent (required)

Work Location: One location

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