Head Chef - The White Rabbit

The Lo & Behold Group| Date Posted: 10-Feb-2020
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Job Nature:
Permanent
Position Level:
Senior Manager, Top Management
Job Category:
Qualification:
Diploma, Bachelor's / Honours

Job Description

Reporting to General Manager, the Head Chef is to provide leadership, technical advice and hands on support to the kitchen staff on all matters relating to food production, recipe standardization, menu development, kitchen operations and costing at the venue.

Key responsibilities of the role include ensuring that the food served to customers is of a perfect quality, operating the kitchen within the budgetary criteria whilst meeting Company standards.

This role will be responsible for menu planning and to carry out regular audits on existing dishes, develop and execute private event menus. The Chef will also need to ensure that any additional standards that wish to be implemented throughout the season are integrated in an efficiently and timely manner within the wider kitchen team.

 

Key Responsibilities

 

Culinary Operations

 

  • Oversee daily food service operation and maintain food quality and consistency on a day-to-day basis, including preparation of food, developing recipes and determining serving sizes to ensure consistent quality and presentation
  • Train and provide specific guidelines and exacting standards on how to prepare each menu item 
  • Review menus and analyze recipes to determine food, labour, and overhead costs, and assigning suggested prices to menu items. Develop menus for daily operations and special events as needed
  • Coordinate with local management to ensure that sanitation and safety standards are observed and comply with local regulations
  • Oversee basic kitchen operations including purchasing food and supplies, tracking sales and costs, monitoring labour and scheduling, and maintaining daily, weekly and monthly budgets
  • Present tastings as part of the creation of new products and continuous improvement of existing products and cost reduction in order to evaluate results and achieve target product profile
  • Hire, train and supervise cooks and other kitchen personnel to ensure that these workers know how to gather food supplies, operate equipment and assemble orders
  • Provide accurate collation of information towards ingredient, recipe and finished product standardization and costings
  • Maintain awareness of industry trends, consumer requirements and the availability of novel ingredients and processing aids

Finance & Administration

 

  • Attend and contribute in all required meetings and project teams
  • Co-develop annual business plans, departmental budget and forecasts and capital expenditure plans, together with the General Manager/COO

 

What We Are Looking For

The ideal candidate should have/be:

• Minimum 5 years of kitchen experience with 3 years in a managerial capacity
• Forward thinking and business savvy
• Ability to organise and plan workload for self and others
• Ability to control budget and work with figures
• Ability to work under pressure and make quick decisions
• High standard of cleanliness and hygiene
• Ability to deal calmly with unexpected situations and crisis
• Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
• Proficient in MS Office / Excel

Company Overview
The Lo & Behold Group