Culinary Innovation Centre, Team Captain

Market Cafe Vaughan, Ontario


Longo’s is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment where team members have a place to grow and pursue excellence, have the latitude to take ownership of their careers and the support and encouragement necessary to be the best they can throughout their career. We are a Canadian, family operated food retailer which has grown and prospered since 1956. Our team members are dedicated to exceeding customer expectations by offering the best food experience to every customer, every time.  It is through such commitment that Longo’s now operates over 36 stores within the GTA along with Grocery Gateway; our online grocery delivery service, is celebrating 65 years of business and is continuing to grow!  

Are you a leader who is passionate about food, catering, and delivering an exceptional customer experience every time?

Would you love to pursue a career with a company that is recognized as a Platinum Member of Canada’s 50 Best Managed Companies and is one of Canada’s 10 most admired corporate cultures?

Why not join us?

Position:    Culinary Innovation Centre, Team Captain

 Job Overview:

The Culinary Innovation Centre, Team Captain position is located at the Longo’s Support Centre. It is the food hub for Support Centre, Central Kitchen & Distribution Centre team members as well as visitors. This position reports to the Manager of Culinary Innovation and is responsible for the oversight and implementation of the Market Café . This role acts as a liaison between the company’s head office and stores and will provide direction, technical expertise, and training to support the successful execution of in-store merchandising plans, initiatives, financial KPIs.

What you’ll do:

    Oversee the management of the Market Cafe

    Work closely with the Manager of Culinary Innovation to deliver superior programs to our stores 

    Ensure quality food delivery, and catering service, set up and clean up of catering events, Private brand cuttings and presentation of all areas 

    Assist with creating new food concepts, ideas and flavours

    This position will continuously look for ways to enhance processes and methods to support production and continue to keep our prepared foods menu current and innovative.

    Responsible for creating innovative and exciting programs 

     Builds profitable and sustainable products and processes that are inspired through travel, shows, social media, restaurants, chefs and other industry trends.

    Provide direct oversight of market café financials, menu, staffing needs and training.

    Foster a “Foodie” and “Hospitality” culture through their creation of innovative kitchen prepared foods and great service. 

    Collaborate with manufacturers (research and development) to develop memorable meal solutions.

    Help Longo’s continue to be a leader in innovation and in key emerging trends in prepared foods.

    Maintain the overall cleanliness of the Cafe 

What we are looking for:

    Post-secondary education 

    Minimum of 1 year of food retail experience in a kitchen environment with focus on preparation of main course dishes 

    An energetic, motivated leader who is able to inspire others to provide the highest standards of performance and customer service 

    Knowledge in the areas of food service, team management, team motivator, catering, leadership, human resources, organizational development and cost management.

    Strong leadership skills with ability to lead, coach and develop others

    Appropriate knowledge of maintenance and care of equipment, materials and supplies

    Knowledge of temperature control and food safety 

Work Environment:

    Must have own transportation, public transportation is NOT available to the work location

    Availability to work Monday to Friday 

    Ability to lift up to 30 - 50 lbs

    Cooking near hot stoves/loading and unloading in fridge/freezer environment 

    Fast paced, customer service focused, high pressure situations with tight deadlines

Longo’s is committed to providing accommodations for people with disabilities throughout the recruitment process and, upon request, will work with qualified job applicants to provide suitable accommodation in a manner that takes into account the applicant’s accessibility needs due to disability.

Note: A qualified job applicant with a disability is one who possesses the required skills, education, experience and training and who can, with reasonable accommodation, perform the essential functions of the position applied for.

If you require accommodation, please contact the Human Resources Generalist at:

Telephone:          905-264-4482

Email:                   [email protected] 

Mail:                     8800 Huntington Road, Vaughan, ON, L4H 3M6