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A great opening to be a renowned Island Chef

Our Client is owned and operated by an International Company with a chain of Hotels and Resorts. This resort is on a Great Barrier Reef Island exclusively for guests only (no day-trippers).  They specialise in couples and family accommodation with holiday activities, including Great Barrier Reef adventures, pool and water sports, as well as Spa and leisure activities.

The Resort is well-established and has plans for refurbishment of the Resort facilities.  They are now seeking an experienced 4 – 5 Star Resort Executive Chef to review, upgrade and then maintain an improved standard of cuisine served in their multiple Food and Beverage outlets. This is a hands on, live-in role ideally suited to an Executive Chef with a mature outlook and the ability to lead, train and gain the respect of their staff to deliver more excellent service – making this Resort a renowned food and resort destination in this aquatic paradise.

Please note – This position is a being advertised simultaneously with a Food & Beverage Manager position.  Engagement options being considered are:

  • Appointment of individual applicants for the Executive Chef and the Food & Beverage Manager positions
  • Appointment of a Couple (married/partnership) for the two Executive Chef and Food & Beverage Manager positions
  • Appointment of a Couple (married/partnership) for one or other of the Executive Chef or Food & Beverage Manager positions, with the other partner employed elsewhere in the Resort
  • Appointment of only one individual to a combined Executive Chef / Food & Beverage Manager position with an appropriate increase in salary which reflects the accountability and demands of the combined position

To view the associated Food & Beverage Manager position, please click here:

Food and Beverage Manager – Great Barrier Reef

About the Executive Chef role

This is a senior leadership position requiring an Executive Chef who aspires to play an integral part in the Resort’s push to refresh and deliver outstanding service in this truly unique working environment. The role has great remote area benefits too – free accommodation, island travel and sports for the long-term employee, within an idyllic island lifestyle with sun, sand and crystal blue waters on your doorstep every day!

You will be responsible for:

  • Accountability and hands-on management of the culinary teams across the Resort to prepare, cook and present food for the property’s restaurant/s and bar/s to deliver best practice guest service
  • Designing and costing menus to suit the Resort’s food style, quality and consistency, and to order/purchase stock and food product based on projections and occupancy
  • Ongoing improvements of the Resort’s menus, product standards and quality assurance in close liaison with the Food & Beverage Manager
  • Developing, implementing and monitoring best practice guest service through leadership, training and development of the culinary team
  • Proactive monitoring of guest feedback, taking steps to improve identified gaps, and create a culture of “special experiences – one guest at a time”
  • Managing staff rosters, costs, and stock control – including payroll and budgetary control
  • Recruitment and ongoing training and development of culinary team
  • Driving sales and revenue growth while optimising costs without sacrificing service standards
  • Fostering a collaborative team environment, managing continual staff training and performance, and encouraging career growth, within a safe and equal opportunity working environment

This is a permanent, full time, career position and an attractive career step for a high performance Executive Chef or a career boost for a less experienced chef willing to make their mark.

About You

The Executive Chef position is ideally suited to an experienced chef who seeks the lifestyle benefits that an island resort lifestyle brings, who is a leader in training and developing culinary staff skills and motivating for superior service, and who wants to make their mark in the food and beverage marketplace.

Ideally, you will have the following qualifications and experience:

  • Appropriate qualifications for an Executive Chef
  • Proven track record in developing and implementing best practice service
  • Proven track record in leading, training, managing and motivating culinary teams
  • Proven track record in managing costs, and increasing revenue
  • Experienced in remote-site ordering, considering barge deliveries may be weekly/fortnightly
  • Highly competent in staff training to maintain and improve service standards
  • Opera/Micros POS experience highly desirable
  • Highly developed interpersonal/communication skills with staff and customers
  • Demonstrated ability to work well under pressure
  • First Aid Certificate

Also, you would:

  • Be passionate about the environment
  • Have a love of marine life, boating, snorkelling and scuba diving
  • Have a strong desire to save money
  • Be familiar with or be willing to commit to island life (living in a remote closed community)
  • Be stable and willing to commit to a minimum 1 – 2 year period

This is a senior role within this international company and a customer-driven applicant with outstanding leadership skills and experience would be preferred. A less experienced applicant who is ready for a step up to this executive leadership role and who can demonstrate a drive, passion, and capability to succeed would also be highly considered.

The position includes an excellent salary and free accommodation and transfers to the Island, plus access to sports and subsidised holidays after a qualifying period.

If you have a burning desire to step up to this sort after position and make this highly regarded role your own – APPLY NOW.


If this position sound ideal for you, please submit your résumé and covering application letter via the online application button below.

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