Professional Chefs

Head Chef: Well-known Wine Estate (Franschhoek)

Job Category: Professional Chefs
Job Type: Full Time
Job Location: Franschhoek
Employer Type: Wine Estate
Salary Type: Monthly
Province: Western Cape


Our client, a well-known and established wine estate located in the Franschhoek region, has a vacant position for an experienced and talented HEAD CHEF.

The estate is renowned for its upmarket restaurant and tasting room, picnics, wedding and event facilities and gardens, to mention a few. The estate also provides several upmarket holiday cottages.

The ideal candidate will have at least 3 years previous experience as a Head Chef, with a great passion for the industry, ability to create innovative menus, up to date with culinary trends and ability to lead and manage a profitable kitchen operation. 

Position Requirements

  • Culinary Qualification and proven track record.
  • Previous experience in similar position 
  • Creative in menu planning
  • Experience in stock control, purchasing and costing
  • Kitchen staff management
  • Working knowledge of service within the food and beverage sector
  • Fully bilingual (English & Afrikaans)
  • Own reliable transport and valid driver’s license
  • Clear criminal record
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, with an ability to work with person of all walks of life
  • Strong leadership with the ability to motivate and drive the kitchen team.
  • Good leadership skills
  • Good staff management skills
  • Preferably reside in Franschhoek or Cape Winelands

Key Responsibilities:

  • Proven track record as a successful Head Chef / Executive Chef, or similar role in a high-end hotel or renowned fine dining establishment 
  • Culinary degree or equivalent qualifications in food preparation and management
  • Demonstrated ability to create innovative and visually stunning dishes while maintaining a focus on taste and quality
  • Extensive knowledge of international cuisines, culinary techniques, and food trends
  • Strong leadership and team-building skills, with a history of creating a positive and motivated work environment
  • Exceptional organisational and time management abilities to handle multiple tasks and deadlines effectively
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to collaborate with various departments and communicate effectively with guests
  • Detail-oriented mindset, ensuring that all aspects of food preparation and kitchen operations meet the highest standard
  • Proven experience in managing food costs and optimising kitchen efficiency
  • Familiarity with health and safety regulations and a commitment to maintaining a safe kitchen environment
  • Flexibility to work evenings, weekends, and holidays as required to meet business demands
  • Joining the team as the Head Chef/Executive Chef offers a unique opportunity to showcase your culinary expertise in an intimate and luxurious setting. Our client is committed to providing the finest dining experiences to all guests, and believe in fostering a culture that values creativity, teamwork, and excellence. 

Remuneration & Benefits

  • Please indicate your salary expectation when applying

Start Date

Priority Position


Candidates, who are already residing in the Winelands area 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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