Professional Chefs

Head Chef – Award Winning Restaurant (Cape Town)

Job Category: Professional Chefs
Job Type: Permanent
Job Location: Cape Town
Employer Type: Restaurants
Salary Type: Monthly
Province: Western Cape

Our client offers an iconic 5-star dining experience in the heart of Cape Town and is seeking an Experienced HEAD CHEF to spearhead the overall kitchen operations with the ability to lead a two service Fine Dining operation and an off-site food entity. International culinary experience will be advantageous 

Ideal candidate: Someone who is innovative, creative and passionate about food, with a strong background relating to Fine Dine Cuisine, sharp culinary skills, experienced in managing a sophisticated and focused kitchen operation, systems orientated, strong ability to motivate and train, quality driven, up to date with international trends,  stable and able to perform under pressure. 

The key focus: Maintain an exceptional and curated dining experience, overall responsible for the  daily kitchen operations.  Financial and administrative competence essential, to drive through commercial efficiencies, kitchen budgets and to ensure profitability.

Position Requirements

  • A formal Culinary Education 
  • Minimum of 5 years‘ experience as a Head Chef, leading a highly motivated kitchen team, with a love for sophisticated dining 
  • Stable and solid track record with contactable references
  • International culinary experience will be advantageous 
  • Valid driver’s license and own reliable transport
  • A notice period of no longer than 1 months’ notice 
  • Only local applicants from Cape Town will be accepted 

Examples of Key Responsibilities

  • Menu engineering, costing, recipe design and testing, kitchen budget management
  • Strong financial and administrative competence to drive through commercial efficiencies, kitchen budgets and to ensure profitability 
  • Strict stock controls and management, stock movement, rotation, ordering, supplier liaison and price negotiations 
  • Excellent control of food cost, wastage and kitchen preparation
  • Ongoing staff training and development and staff recruitment 
  • Ensuring the team has high standards of food hygiene and follow the rules of health and safety 

Key Skills

  • The position requires a creative and a hands-on approach to food preparation and cooking
  • Creative and passionate about the culinary industry 
  • Strong operational and administrative skills
  • Ability to lead and manage a team of people effectively
  • Strong operational and management skills, day-to-day, and long-term
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Excellent problem solving skills
  • Resourceful, creative and forward thinking 
  • Adaptable to change 
  • Computer literate

Remuneration Details

Market related salary

Start date

1 mont’s notice


Candidates, who are already residing in the Western Cape 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
  • Chefs: 6-8 Food profile photos produced by yourself or in conjunction with the team

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