Head Chef

Reference: 4415 NDV
Consultant: Nannie de Villiers

Job Description:

An award-winning wine estate that offers classic experiences with a modern twist, is looking for an Executive Head Chef with at least 3 years’ experience in a fine-dining establishment. The role will not only entail creating exciting contemporary menus based on seasonal ingredients, but additional responsibilities will also include:

  • General management
    • Implement and maintain all kitchen and staff systems to the highest standards.
    •  Work closely with the restaurant manager and wine lounge manager to achieve targets as set out in the budget.
  • Staff management
    • Direct and supervise senior/junior chefs and kitchen staff, ensuring they perform their specific job functions and duties.
    • Shift all staff (cleaners and chefs) weekly and monthly.
    • Deliver an accurate and timeous monthly report on staff working hours to the finance department.
    • Train all staff on an ongoing basis to ensure the highest standards are maintained regarding food preparation, speed of service, kitchen techniques, cleaning and hygiene.
    • Fulfil a human resource function in conjunction with the General Manager (including routine staff evaluation, hiring new staff, disciplinary action).
    • Ensure that casual labour costs are contained and in keeping with the budget and systems of efficiency.
  • Menu creation
    • Create all seasonal menus based on seasonal produce and that seamlessly pair with the estate’s wines.
    • Stay abreast of current trends/innovations in the culinary industry.
  • Costing and admin
    • Accurately cost menus to achieve targets set at 30% food cost and 5% waste.
    • Continually identify cost saving opportunities relating to food production, suppliers, cleaning and all systems used in the kitchen.
    • Purchase stock, receive stock, control stock rotation and conduct weekly/monthly stock counts.
    • Process all supplier invoices, maintain relationships with suppliers and practise quality control.
  • Hygiene & cleaning
    • Implement and maintain systems that enable the highest levels of kitchen hygiene at all times.
    • Pack, tag and date stock in walk-in fridge/storage areas.

How to Apply:

  • Email your comprehensive CV to exceedhr@exceed.co.za.
  • If you are already registered, please forward your CV and the relevant reference number to the consultant with whom you are currently registered in order to avoid duplicity on our system.
  • We reserve the right to only conduct interviews with candidates of choice.
  • Applicants who have not received feedback within 30 days from the closing date must please accept their application as unsuccessful.

To apply for this job email your details to exceedhr@exceed.co.za