Employer: Free to Feed 
Work Type/s: Full Time 
Classification/s: Multiculturalism & Diversity, Retail & Hospitality,Management 
Sector/s: Not For Profit (NFP), Social Enterprise 
Location: Melbourne

Job posted on: 04 June, 2019.
Applications close: 23 June, 2019. 

Free to Feed is a not-for-profit social enterprise championing people who have recently arrived in Australia, including refugees, people seeking asylum and new migrants. Free to Feed’s advocacy is delivered through food-based initiatives – cooking classes, dinners, experiences, catering and events.

We are excited to be recruiting for the very special role of Head Chef.

As a very experienced Head Chef you will develop Free to Feed’s global menus alongside a talented team of cooks, ensuring authenticity, seasonality, culture, creativity and quality. You will mentor and lead a dynamic and diverse kitchen team, training, guiding and educating our program participants. You will be detail oriented and will oversee the delivery of truly memorable and ALWAYS DELICIOUS food.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Work with each of Free to Feed’s program participants to develop menus and recipes in alignment with their source country/region, cooking history and market appetite.

  • Develop Free to Feed’s catering menus and recipes alongside it’s cooks, ensuring seasonality, scalability, authenticity and quality.

  • Monitor the quality of dishes at all stages of preparation and presentation.

  • Establish food quality standards and oversee all food produced in Free to Feed’s kitchen.

  • Manage the production of recipe content from concept, through to writing, testing and publishing.

  • Brief, supervise and support our catering teams and kitchen hands.

  • Provide professional and positive support and guidance to the kitchen team.

  • Attend Free to Feed events (classes, dinners, events and catering) in order to supervise cooks, review menus, sample foods and assess cooks performance in order to ensure continuous improvement and feedback.

  • Keep the kitchen staff engaged, focused, calm, and working to their best capacity, especially when under pressure.

  • Provide assessment and feedback regarding participants kitchen skills and suitability during food trials and training.

  • Create a compassionate and supportive working environment for participants, understanding their additional vulnerabilities and needs and how this might impact on their performance and role.

  • Proactive engagement with the Wellbeing Manager to understand the individual circumstances and goals of participants, seeking to foster and mentor them at every opportunity.

  • Actively provide feedback to the team about the performance of participants in the kitchen

  • Liaise with the team to suggest and provide additional training required to optimise and professionalise participant performance.

  • Work alongside the Wellbeing Manager to develop key performance indicators and a enhance the training pathway program.

  • Work closely with Free to Feed’s team in order to creatively develop unique dining & menu concepts and experiences.

  • Work alongside our Kitchen Operations Manager to ensure a organised, hygienic, safe and productive kitchen environment.

  • Work alongside our Kitchen Operations Manager to manage food and labour costing within allocated budget for each job or event.

Note: This will be a full-time role but it will commence at 30 hours per week for approximately 8 weeks time during the transition and training phase.

Please download the Position Description for key selection criteria and application details.

How to apply for this job

Your application should consist of a brief cover letter, resume and a short video (iPhone quality is fine) introducing yourself and sharing with us the three things that you’re most proud of having done (personally or professionally) in your life, and why? Can you also tell us why Head Chef-ing at Free to Feed would be a dream career for you!

Applications should be submitted to using the subject line: Head Chef application via EthicalJobs.

Please apply by midnight on Sunday 23rd of June 2019.

FINAL Head Chef Free to Feed - Position Description-2.pdf