Professional Chefs

Executive Chef – New Boutique Hotel (Ballito)

Job Category: Professional Chefs
Job Type: Full Time
Job Location: KZN
Employer Type: Hotels
Salary Type: Monthly
Province: Kwazulu-Natal


Pick Me Recruitment has an exciting opportunity for a talented Executive Chef with previous experience in setting and manage a boutique hotel’s kitchen operations.

Our client is currently building a new 10-bedroom Boutique Hotel in Ballito, KZN.  The property will have 4 guest rooms, 3 suites and a 3 bedroomed private villa.  There will be 3 pools on site and a spa.  The ambience is intended to offer guests a relaxed, coastal feel centered on wellness and feeling good.  Guests will be able to unwind and feel right at home with professional and authentic five-star service.  The property leads onto a small swimming friendly beach with its own tidal pool.  Nearby are a variety of activities from deep sea fishing to golf and is 20 minutes from King Shaka Airport.  Guests will be a mix of international and domestic looking for a beach escape.  Most International visitors will combine a visit to the game reserves with our beach offering.

Minimum Requirements & KPI’S

The chef is critical to the successful launch of this property.  The food offering must be incredible from the start with guests raving about their food experience.   This is an opportunity to set up a food operation from scratch in consultation with the owners and General Manger.  The intention is to source ingredients locally and offer dishes that reflect KwaZulu Natal and the immediate supplies.  Focus is on fresh, healthy and tasty offerings.  Menus should be adaptable to allow for some staples but also personalised offerings depending on what is available in the market.

  • Formal Culinary qualification
  • All vaccinations up to date
  • Assist and manage the requirements necessary for a successful opening of the hotel and specifically the food and beverage operations
  • Set up service procedures that will ensure guest satisfaction and surpass guest expectations
  • Broad experience in cheffing and particularity in setting up a similar kitchen is required
  • A strong and empathetic leader who can communicate effectively with guests, associates and owners
  • Guest focused with a service-oriented management style
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal and administration skills
  • Will be required to set up systems and operation manuals and then train and implement them
  • Long hours will sometimes be required and be available 24/7, weekends and holidays


  • Market Related  
  • On completion of probationary period a 50% co-payment for Momentum medical aid is available as well as a provident fund contribution
  • A small studio apartment is available if necessary but there are a variety of accommodation offerings in the Ballito area.

Start Date

March 2022


Candidates, who are already residing in KZN will have preference. We can only consider South African Citizens or applicants who hold a valid South African Permanent Residence! No Work Permit applications will be accepted! Applicants, who live in other provinces of South Africa still need to attend personal interviews and if requested to do any cook-offs, will do so completely at their own expense. We handle high volumes of applications daily and will only be able to reply, via e-mail, to candidates who have met our clients’ requirements.

Due to the high volume of CV’s received, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

All applications submitted must contain:

  • Updated CV with contactable references
  • Tertiary Educational documents
  • Written Reference Letters
  • A recent presentable profile photo’s
  • 4-6 Food profile photos produced by yourself or in conjunction with the team

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