Senior Sous Chef

We are currently in search of an OUTRAGEOUSLY TALENTED AND PASSIONATE  Senior Sous chef for a 5 star property based 2 hours away from Cape Town.  The ideal candidate must confident with guest interaction as this position is a very guest facing role so you will be entertaining and cooking for guests from all over the world. 

The position can be PERMANENT or a 3 Month Contract ( till March ) , it depends on the candidate

Main purpose: Responsible for assisting the Head Chef in the day to day running of the Kitchen as well as ensuring that all guest needs and expectations are exceeded continuously and ensuring that all duties and responsibilities are carried out on a daily basis, as well as is a floating or relief chef who is supervised by the Executive Chef.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Managing the kitchens in Villa 1 or 2 when guests are staying, incl. menu planning, stock ordering and control, preparing meals etc.
  • Ensuring that the Villas are stocked and ready for guest arrivals and ensuring that all perishables are removed from the Villa Kitchens when the guests depart
  • Ensuring that the Villa kitchens are clean and ready at all times
  • Always be present during service times; check constantly on food quality and presentation.
  • Responsible for monthly stock takes of kitchen operational equipment and the achievement of budgeted targets
  • Assists in managing the day-to-day operation of the kitchen, coordinate food production schedules and ensure highest level of food quality, taste and presentation.
  • Participate in actual food preparation, produce food consistently high quality, taste and presentation and expedite during peak meal periods as needed.
  • In conjunction with the Executive Chef, establish goals for the kitchen, anticipate and resolve problems concerning all facets of the kitchen, anticipate trends, enact approved profit-oriented and cost saving ideas/activities.
  • Setting up a rotation for the cleaning of all the areas of the kitchen and enforcing it
  • Complete daily food orders based upon scheduled events and projected levels of business. 
  • Comply with Standards of Service and assists in assuring the same from all kitchen employees.
  • Participate in actual food preparation, produce food consistently high quality, taste and presentation and expedite during peak meal periods as needed.
  • Ensures that all kitchen employees consistently adhere to uniform, grooming and appearance standards. 
  • Establish and require strict adherence to health, sanitation and food handling guidelines. 
  • Conduct regular inspections of the entire kitchen/dishwashing areas and coolers and promptly act to correct deficiencies found during inspection.
  • In conjunction with the Head Chef

Requirements:

  • Computer literate
  • Working knowledge of HACCP and Hygiene
  • Excellent time management 
  • Flexible
  • Pro-Active – Does not need to be told what to do.
  • Experience in stock control, including stock take a nd ordering, admin
  • Experience in performance management, including poo r performance
  • Must be of sober habits
  • Neat and presentable 

Qualifications & Experience:

  • Formal cookery school qualification
  • 5 years previous experience in a 5 star kitchen

The successful candidate should have an enquiring mind, be methodical, pay attention to detail, be creative, show perseverance and patience, ability to work under pressure, have high energy levels, be flexible, have the ability to overcome obstacles and persist with the task at hand, be decisive and adaptable. If you have the knowledge, skills and required experience, and this sounds like a challenge you are ready for, I would love to hear from you.

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