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Executive Head Chef at Sommerro


Norway, Oslo


Norway, Oslo

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After the incredible success of the opening of Sommerro in September 2022, we are now in search of a dynamic Executive Head Chef to lead the hotel’s culinary team.

Due to the promotion of our previous Executive Head Chef to Director of Food and Beverage, we are seeking a new leader to collaborate with head chefs and sous chefs, continuing the journey to deliver Oslo's most exciting food and beverage offerings. This includes Ekspedisjonshallen, an all-day dining outlet featuring a menu of classic brasserie favorites, Tak & Izakaya, our Japanese Nordic concept by Frida Ronge from Tak Stockholm, Kafé Lucy, and finally, To Søstre, an elegant venue serving afternoon tea.

We are looking for an individual who is passionate about food, enjoys taking responsibility, and has a strong understanding of the business, demonstrated by a proven track record in similar positions. We seek a dynamic, warm, and professional leader to play a crucial role in sustaining our success.

Key Attributes:

  • Strong leadership skills with a motivating, inspiring, and committed approach.
  • Excellent communication skills that engage and inspire the team.
  • Acts as a good role model – warm, professional, and approachable.
  • Organized and structured with a precise and consistent approach.
  • Solution-oriented and adaptable with a focus on continuous improvement and development.
  • Passion for hospitality, food, and industry trends.
  • Good understanding of economic principles, productivity, and profitability with the ability to deliver excellent results through effective leadership.
  • Capacity to handle a large workload and multitask under pressure.
  • Fluency in Scandinavian languages and strong communication skills in English.
  • Work visa for EU/Norway.


  • Personnel responsibility, supporting and coaching Head Chefs and sous chefs (Peakon - Employee satisfaction).
  • Staff planning and scheduling for all food departments in alignment with KPIs (Planday/PMI).
  • Recruitment, employment, onboarding, evaluation, and development of employees.
  • Financial responsibility for the kitchen, including cost controls, inventory control, and gross profit.
  • Quality controls and follow-up on guest satisfaction surveys (Loopon).
  • Evening and weekend work may be expected.

What You'll Get:

  • A competitive package with plenty of opportunities for professional and personal development.
  • Flexible working hours and varied workdays.
  • The chance to work in a creative, highly professional, and rewarding environment.
  • Great staff benefits across the Strawberry family.
  • Opportunities for a career in a chain with significant growth.
  • The chance to shine in a multi-outlet operation.

Sommerro's Food Outlets and Executive Head Chef Responsibilities:

  • Ekspedisjonshallen
  • TAK Oslo
  • Izakaya
  • 2 Søstre
  • Private dining/Event/Conference
  • Breakfast
  • Room service
  • Canteen
  • Pastry
  • Villa Inkognito

The Executive Head Chef reports to Jonathan Howell, Director of Food and Beverage, and is part of the extended management group. Your immediate team will consist of approximately six managers. Recruitment is ongoing, and the position can be filled before the application deadline expires. If you have any questions, please contact Jonathan Howell, Director of Food and Beverage, by email


Sommerro, situated in the former headquarters of Oslo Lysverker, marks the revival of a 1930s landmark in one of Oslo's finest neighborhoods. Sommerro is the latest venture from Nordic Hotels & Resorts and Strawberry (formerly Nordic Choice Hotels) in Oslo.

Oslo's first neighborhood hotel is a game-changer, redefining the hospitality industry with a strong focus on culture-hungry locals. Sommerro stands as a community in its own right, featuring 231 rooms and suites, meeting and event spaces, a neighborhood hub of restaurants and bars, a library, a private cinema, a subterranean wellness area, and the city's first rooftop pool, sauna, and terrace – a year-round destination with sweeping views over Frogner and the Norwegian capital.

Our guest promise and vision are: "We give ENERGY to the city."

Our values are: LIGHT (guidance, training, and knowledge) - POWER (support, collaboration, and leadership) - WARMTH (welcoming from your heart).

What’s in it for you?

As part of of Strawberry, you will get the best employee benefits of the industry.

A culture to cherish

A culture to cherish

Our people always make guests their top priority! Our warm and welcoming atmosphere creates the right setting for you to flourish and work your magic. You will get the freedom you need to perform your tasks and solve problems as they arise in the best way you see fit. A strong team spirit and family-feeling foster a culture of collaboration. And when there’s something to celebrate, we make sure to have some fun! In larger cities, we also regularly host after-work events to allow colleagues to mingle. How do we achieve all this you may wonder? We believe it’s down to the fact that we’re a diverse crowd full of energy, courage and enthusiasm. That’s how we create extraordinary experiences every single day!

A culture to cherish

Job security for peace of mind

Job security for peace of mind

When you work with us, we’ll take your whole life situation into consideration. We offer good job security through collective agreements and insurances, as well as paid parental leave, holiday leave, wellness allowance, attractive pension plans and competitive salaries. We’re there for you.

Job security for peace of mind

Room to grow

Room to grow

With more than 200 hotels across the Nordics, we offer you endless opportunities for career progression! Would you like to work full-time, part-time, a few hours here and there, or perhaps only a season? We have room for you, no matter where you’re at. We encourage creativity and curiosity, and we make every effort to foster a culture of learning for professional development. Ready to take your next career leap within the company? We applaud you and will help you achieve this! An academic degree isn't the most important thing for us. If you have the right mindset, we can certainly promise you a bright future!

Room to grow

Explore more

Explore more

We encourage you to get out and explore all that life has to offer! So, we always give numerous discounts to you and your friends and family at our hotels, bars and restaurants. As part of Strawberry, you get four FREE nights at our hotels each year* To remind you just how important you are, we’ll always do our best to offer you an upgrade! And on top of that, we’ve also partnered with other companies to give you sweet deals on air travel, charter holidays, car rental and lots more. 

*If you are employed on a contract for at least 20% of full-time working hours.

Explore more

Open mind, open hearts

Open mind, open hearts

Our heart beats for the world around us. To meet global challenges, we support the transition to clean energy, and we recently opened the first zero-energy hotel in the Nordics. We seek to use organic produce and have championed the elimination of unsustainable palm oil. We promote equal rights above all and are proud sponsors of Pride. Regardless of your ethnicity, gender, religious beliefs, disabilities or age - our doors are always open.

Open mind, open hearts


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