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Head Chef

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Job Location

Blenheim, New Zealand

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Type of Job

Full Time

Published Date

22 Mar 2021

About the business and the role

Set in the heart of the Marlborough Sounds, we are an internationally recognised 5-star resort hotel, with 11 apartments (17 rooms) set amid a rolling landscape of regenerating native bush that reaches down to the shoreline of the beautiful Queen Charlotte Sound. With no road access, we are just a  30 minute water taxi ride from Picton, where you will be  living and working in one of the most beautiful parts of New Zealand.

Our clients - who would normally be predominantly international but now experienced travelling Kiwis - share a passion for quality service, world class cuisine, outstanding local wines as well as the opportunity to stay in a natural and unspoiled landscape while engaging in the numerous activities that the Marlborough Sounds are famous for.

We have 3 outlets within the resort - our Kumatage Guest Lounge where guests enjoy breakfast on the deck overlooking the Queen Charlotte Sound, our Quarterdeck Café - where guests and locals enjoy a tappas, platters and a tasting plate menu over the water and our Foredeck Restaurant, a fine dining restaurant where we produce everything from a la carte menus, to 7-course degustation menus as well as bespoke menu options.

Our current Chef is leaving after 2 very successful years in the role, having continued to grow our reputation for exceptional food in a spectacular and unique environment.

Job tasks and responsibilities

As our new Head Chef, you will thrive in this fast paced and challenging environment, and having come to us from a similar background, your understanding of what exceptional food looks like will be second nature to you.

Your responsibilities will include:

Preparing menus and food that aligns with our ‘fresh and local’ position to a standard that showcases our 5-star positioning.

Managing a small kitchen team and ensuring that the standards that you bring to this position transcend across this team.

To work as part of the senior leadership team to ensure that we deliver an exceptional experience to our guests and to have ongoing input and ownership of the future direction of the resort.

To work very closely with local producers and suppliers to ensure that we deliver on our “fresh and local” positioning.

To remain aware of trends within the industry and to constantly bring new ideas to the table.

Managing the resorts food safety programme in line with local body and regulatory requirements

As part of the leadership team, ensuring that your own health and safety and that of the entire team remains front of mind.

Manage the kitchen within agreed financial parameters

Constantly interact with our guests to gather feedback that will enhance future guest experiences.

Skills and experience

In applying for this role you will already have had significant experience in 5-star lodges and resorts either within New Zealand and/or internationally where we will be able to reference these past positions.

You will be a calming influence over your team, level-headed and a person who listens and can provide sound constructive feedback.

You are not a clock watcher and will work whatever hours necessary to ensure our guests experience is not compromised.

You are a team player and a person whose input will contribute to the ongoing success of the business.

Above all - you will be fun. As part of this role you are required to work and live onsite - for which accommodation is provided at the resorts cost. As a close knit team, your leadership will be invaluable not only in your contribution in the kitchen but also in a pastoral role as part of the overall resort experience. In essence - you will become part of a very close family

An opportunity does exist if you are a couple and your partner has experience in hospitality.

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