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Head Chef

  • 589911
  • Canberra
  • Chef
  • Other
  • Full Time

ESS delivers the best hospitality and catering services to many Government sites in Australia and around the world. Our leading edge catering systems mean that delivering a fantastic customer service experience is always our aim. We thrive on the challenge ….. and we get the job done safely!

  • Join the Hospitality & Catering leader
  • Great working environment with opportunity for career development
  • We offer great employee benefits

Thanks to the growth of our Defence business in Australia, we are currently recruiting for a Head Chef at HMAS Harman.

Employed to manage the kitchen operations in a safe and efficient manner supporting and promoting Our Safety Culture framework. To prepare, cook and serve good quality food for customers, residents or clients in conjunction with the contractual requirements of the unit. Must ensure that all tasks associated with food production are performed with due regard for all Health and Safety and Food Safety regulations.

Key duties

  • Plan and control menu-based catering
  • Lead and manage people
  • Develop and implement staff roster
  • Purchase and manage stock
  • Prepare, cook and present food
  • Maintain consumer satisfaction
  • Develop and update industry knowledge

The Person

  • You will have large scale catering experience, including bulk meal production 
  • Experience in stock control, ordering, hygiene, menu planning, safety awareness & staff control
  • Knowledge of quality management systems
  • Trade Qualified Chef – Certificate III in Commercial Cookery
  • Competent financial reporting and cost management skills
  • Ability to organise kitchen staff to achieve high quality output in volume
  • Implementing and observing relevant safety & hygiene practices
  • Function planning and management
  • Minimum of 4 years proven work record with written references to show levels of expertise and experience
  • Ability to work under pressure while maintaining a positive outlook and professional manner
  • Flexible approach and attitude
  • Good communication skills
  • Hard working
  • Physically fit and reliable

You will be supervising a small team, working a flexible roster.

If you have been gently nodding your head whilst reading about this role and thinking "I'm great at all that!" well we really want to hear from you!

If you are looking for a challenging role and want to join a team that shares your commitment to quality, safety, teamwork and "can-do safely". Click apply now.

As you will understand, Defence establishments need to be highly secure. This means that due to Defence security clearance requirements the successful applicant must be an Australian Citizen and will be subject to an Australian Police check.


Closing date: Mar 15, 2021
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