Head Chef | KwaZulu-Natal | Luxury Safari Villa

Head Chef | KwaZulu-Natal | Luxury Safari Villa

We are currently seeking an experienced HEAD CHEF to join the culinary team of this exclusive safari destination in the heart of Phinda Private Game Reserve. Nestled on the edge of a lush forest, the reserve offers unparalleled wildlife experiences. Showcase your culinary talents in a unique setting with Africa’s Big Five.

As ideal candidate you will have:

Certificate or diploma in culinary arts from a recognized culinary school
Experience in the service industry
Passion for creating exceptional food
Valid, endorsed SA driver’s license is essential
At least 3 year of experience as a Head Chef n a 5-star establishment
Ability to work under pressure with excellent and consistent attention to detail
Guest focused with positive outlook
Strong team player, committed, hardworking, and eager to learn
Key Outputs

Kitchen Hygiene standards set
Responsible for training chefs & implementing kitchen standards.
Correct chemicals and sufficient cleaning materials to be in stock at all times
Presentation as discussed and according to Styling Guide
Up to date with What’s Hot & What’s Not
Through the Tummy of the Guest Bops
Creative Bush Banqueting according to Food Styling Guide
Proactive Maintenance
Good communications with: All chefs; All camp managers; HOD’s, Lodge Manager and suppliers
Good stock controls and stock rotation
Good administration
Good interaction/communication with other chefs: invite feedback
Strict food costs and continued cost cutting initiatives with local suppliers
Responsible for all food orders, storerooms and fridge and deepfreezes
Left-over management: left-overs to be discussed and processed every day
All food going out to guests at any time to be checked by chef
All fridges and refrigerators and storerooms to be kept locked or keys to be left with an accountable Chef.
Quality and quantity of snacks for game drives to be checked
Bush banqueting, drink stops picnics etc. to have checklists, host, etc.
Rain- (and weather) management plan in place
Good discipline and fair treatment: Chef to be a Role Model
Good Teamwork to be promoted
Have Fun and be Flexible
Always be approachable, innovative and able to work unsupervised
Be aware of & make your chefs aware of special dietary needs Guests
When special dietary Guests arrive at the lodge ensure that either yourself or another chef meets the Guest before their first meal to establish their requirements.
Ensure you have “911” Emergency food stored in your freezer to be used in a crisis.
The Chef is responsible to explain to the Camp mangers & Butlers what the different dishes are & what their ingredients are for breakfast, lunch & dinner
Skills Required

Excellent communication skills: interact effectively with guests and fellow staff members
Maintain a standard of work that exceeds that of the lodge
Strong organizational abilities
Ability to think laterally and solve problems creatively
Demonstrated initiative
Adhere to World-Class hospitality and service standards
Display honesty, integrity, proactivity, and ambition of career advancement
Salary package

Market related
Permanent Live in position
Transport to/from leave cycles is the successful candidate’s own responsibility
All additional benefits will be discussed with shortlisted candidates during the interview
Start date: ASAP

To apply for Head Chef | KwaZulu-Natal | Luxury Safari Villa, please send your CV in WORD document WITH UP-TO-DATE EMPLOYMENT HISTORY AND A FULL LENGTH PHOTO INSERTED ON THE CV.


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