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Chef Apprentice

Chef Apprentice

  • 637323
  • Townsville, QLD, Australia, 4810
  • Full Time

ESS Defence delivers the best hospitality and catering services to our Defence personnel. We are committed to providing nutritional and delicious meals to our customers, whether it is in dining halls or out on the field. The work that we do is essential in keeping our Australian Defence Force healthy, comfortable, and living their best Defence Life! 

We are currently looking for an Apprentice Chef to join our team based at RAAF Townsville. Whether you’re looking to start an apprenticeship or looking to continue with your existing commercial cookery apprenticeship, we want to hear from you! This is a full-time permanent position, completing 76 hours per fortnight.

You will have an opportunity to further develop your hospitality skills and experience work in a variety of areas on site. These positions are suited for candidates that like to work in a fasted paced supportive team environment. Training is provided and you'll be working for one of the largest catering and support services company in the world!

The Position

The successful candidate will be responsible for the service and preparation of food items, under direct supervision of others, and training in all aspects of the hospitality trade as directed by the Catering Supervisor.

Key Duties

  • Assist with organising & preparing food
  • Use methods of cookery as shown by the Chef and through formal studies
  • Prepare food items in accordance with menu requirements using standard recipes and production methods as directed by the Chef
  • Assist food production as directed by the Chef
  • Ensure smooth work flow
  • Assist receipt of delivery of supplies with Chef supervision
  • Clean and maintain kitchen
  • Actively observe, learn and practice commercial cookery as per requirements of apprenticeship

The Person

  • Previous experience in a similar environment
  • Current 1st or 2nd year apprentices encouraged to apply
  • Experienced Kitchen Hands encouraged to apply
  • Ability to work under pressure while maintaining a positive & professional manner
  • Physically fit and reliable
  • Team player & able to work autonomously
  • Passion and creativity for great food and drive to deliver excellent service as part of a multifaceted site
  • The ability to take direction and a keen learner, with the right attitude and a keen learner


The Benefits:

  • Parking on site
  • Uniforms supplied
  • Meals while on duty
  • Full training
  • Family friendly roster
  • Excellent employee benefits package

The successful applicant will be provided with full training and ongoing support while working in a dynamic and fun working environment.

As you will understand, Defence establishments need to be highly secure. This means that due to Defence security clearance requirements the successful applicant will be subject to an Australian Federal Police check, paid for by the Company.


Our people’s unique backgrounds, experience, and abilities are at the heart of our vibrant workforce. We strive to create workplaces that reflect the diverse communities that we serve, where everyone feels empowered and valued. By building diverse teams means we are creating inclusive environments for all our people and also those we connect with through our day to day operation. We welcome & encourage applications from Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander peoples, people of all backgrounds, ages, sexual orientation, gender expressions, gender identity and people with disability.


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