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Head Chef

Head Chef

  • 614929
  • Canberra, ACT, Australia, 2601
  • 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 an essential service
  • Great working environment with opportunity for career development
  • We offer great employee benefits

We are currently looking for qualified and passionate Full-time Head chef to join Compass Group the Australia's largest food company at ESS support services worldwide sector. ESS support sector delivers the best hospitality and catering services to our Defence personnel. ADFA (Australian Defence Force Academy), offers a stylish dinning experience - through a la carte, bain service, and catering for our in-house events with high standards!

The work that we do at ADFA is to keep our Australian Defence Force healthy, comfortable, and living their best Defence Life! 


  • Offering a fantastic opportunity to join our motivated Team and further your career working in a company that serves globally in 45 countries, with more than 600,000 employees.
  • Fantastic training and development opportunities via Compass College
  • Competitive remuneration
  • Good life-work balance No late night
  • Most of the shifts Monday to Friday with the occasional weekend or Function requirement
  • Potential relocation assistance to the right candidate
  • Free car park
  • Free duty meals.

Key duties

  • Oversee all aspects of operations including food preparation and presentation
  • Create, cost and implement menus incorporating the Defence standardized menu
  • Manage the financial aspects of the Kitchen operation including budgeting, payroll, cost control and reporting
  • Set and implement a level of service standards that exceed guest expectations
  • Maintain a clean and safe working environment, ensuring compliance with Workplace Health & Safety guidelines; liaise with the team to ensure safety hazards in back of house & front of areas are addressed
  • Recruit, coach and train up team members
  • Report to Executive Chef on menu design, guest feedback and service issues; create changes based on feedback from guests and staff to ensure continuous improvement

The Person

  • Passion for quality and presentation of your food and drive to succeed
  • Solid experience as Senior Chef in a Commercial environment
  • Exceptional communication skills
  • Creativity and experience with menu design
  • Function planning and management
  • High level presentation and hygiene standards with a thorough knowledge of food safety, WH&S regulations and hazard identification
  • The ability to coach, mentor and influence a diverse team and drive team performance in a fast-paced environment
  • Manage a large BOH team
  • Drive to balance guest expectations, employee needs and profitability
  • Ambition to continue to lead all 3 x messes with delivering quality and unique cuisine
  • Excellent time management, organizational and administration skills

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 will be subject to an Australian Police check.

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