Head Chef

About the role
Shoalhaven Entertainment Centre is the Shoalhaven’s premier entertainment venue. As the Head Chef, you will work a 38-hour week (fortnightly roster) balancing multiple outlets including conference catering, dining service for shows and our café and show bar. This opportunity provides ongoing training and allows you to gain recognition for your talents, showcasing local produce, creating a dining experience for the food loving clients of the Shoalhaven.

If you’re looking to relocate for the role, there is a potential for relocation assistance!

Reporting directly to the Food, Beverage, & Events Coordinator, the focus of this position is to:

  • Responsible for the entire kitchen operation, this includes rostering, recruitment, costing, staffing, stock rotation, stock ordering and menu design.
  • Responsible for all food preparation and delivery.
  • Fully responsible for all general cleaning duties required in the Centre’s kitchen to the required industry legislation standards.
  • Excellent knowledge and compliance with required health standards for the handling of food.
  • Communicate and liaise appropriately with internal and external customers.
  • Demonstrate a high level of commitment to quality performance in all work performed to support Council’s goal of achieving continued improvement.
  • Be responsible for and coordinate your own and your kitchen staff’s work and work area.
  • Work collaboratively with others in the workplace and show a strong ability to train and guide staff.

Skills & Experience
To be successful in the position, you will be/ possess:

  • Certificate III or equivalent qualification in Commercial Cookery or related field
  • Minimum 2 years’ experience in a Head Chef or similar Role
  • Class C Driver’s Licence
  • Working With Children Check
  • Food Safety Supervisor Certificate
  • Proof of Australian residency or citizenship, or authority to work in Australia (visa)

Please refer to the attached job description for further criteria.

This position requires a current NSW Working with Children Check. Applicants are required to apply and pay for this check if not already obtained. 

About Shoalhaven City Council
Shoalhaven City Council is a dynamic organisation serving a large and diverse community; limitless opportunity exists for an exciting and rewarding career. The Shoalhaven is located just 2 hours from Sydney and 2.5 hours from Canberra. The Shoalhaven is home to 104,000 people and comprises of 49 unique towns and villages. It is a place of great natural beauty and offers an enviable lifestyle and positive work-life balance.

We are committed to creating a positive culture and strong team environment, and offer a range of benefits:

  • Generous Leave Entitlements
  • Long Service Leave After 5 Years
  • Fitness Passport
  • Novated Lease Arrangements
  • Discounted Private Health Insurance
  • Training and Development Programs

The advertised salary includes up to $408 per week above the base salary for an outstanding candidate.

How to Apply
You will be required to submit an online application by attaching your resume (please ensure you submit in Word or PDF format) and respond to questions regarding general information about you.

In addition, you will be required to demonstrate how you satisfy the requirements of the position by answering the below questions relevant to the essential criteria as outlined in the job advertisement.

For more information on the application process, please visit how to apply on Councils website.

  1. At Shoalhaven City Council our corporate core values are: Collaboration, Adaptability, Integrity and Respect. Please choose one value and advise how you have enacted this value in a professional kitchen setting.
  2. Please describe experience you possess in catering for large-scale three course dining events for up to 500 people. 
  3. Please provide a sample menu with a choice of 2 mains and 2 desserts that would be suitable for pre-show dining at a price point of $55.
  4. Please provide a sample seasonal café menu with 3 breakfast and 3 lunch options to be prepared from our short order outlet – see our website for our current offering
  5. This position requires an NSW Working with Children Check, please provide your Working With Children Check number.

Contact:  Leah Foley – Food, Beverage & Events Coordinator – 02 4429 5985

Applications Close: Tuesday, 12 December 2023 (at Midnight)

Shoalhaven City Council is an equal opportunity employer committed to embracing diversity and inclusion, and encourages applications from people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds.

When your application has been submitted completely, you will receive a confirmation email

Vacancy Description - Job Description - General - Head Chef - S11154 - November 2023.pdf (155 kB)
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